Ikanos Expands into Rapidly Growing GPON-Based FTTH Market

  • Ikanos Licenses GPON Physical Layer Technology from Terawave
  • Triple Play FTTH Residential Gateway Based on Fusiv® Vx170 Under Development

Fremont, Calif., July 19, 2007 — Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading developer and provider of Fiber Fast™ broadband solutions, today announced that it is entering the rapidly growing Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON)-based Fiber to the Home (FTTH) market. Ikanos has licensed high-performance GPON physical (PHY) layer technology with Ethernet Layer 2 functionality from Terawave Communications, Inc., a global leading provider of GPON passive optical networking solutions. Ikanos will combine Terawave’s ITU-compliant GPON PHY technology and the gigabit performance Fusiv® Vx170 gateway processor to develop a high-performance GPON residential gateway reference platform.

GPON FTTH and VDSL2 are complementary technologies where fiber is used in the back-haul with the option of copper or fiber for the last mile. By offering GPON products along with its market-leading CO and CPE VDSL2 solutions, Ikanos positions itself to be the preferred provider of access technology in all types of fiber and fiber extension deployments (FTTH, FTTN, FTTR, FTTC and FTTB), enabling carriers to seamlessly deliver triple play and IPTV services.

“Service providers around the world continue to push fiber deeper into their access networks and GPON is fast becoming the fiber technology of choice in such infrastructure build-outs,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst, Broadband and IPTV at Infonetics Research. “The combination of the Ikanos’ best-in-class gateway processors and Terawave’s proven GPON physical layer technology is expected to enable high-performance optical network units (ONUs) and optical network terminals (ONTs) for the FTTH market and allows Ikanos to build on its leadership position in triple play silicon and software.”

Ikanos’ Fusiv Vx170 processor combined with the GPON PHY layer technology provides a strong foundation for Ikanos’ GPON gateway reference platform. The Fusiv Vx170 offers 2.7 GHz of processing power, providing wire speed performance across all local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) interfaces while utilizing less than 2.5 watts of power. With multiple Accelerator Processors and dedicated DSP engines for Voice over IP (VoIP), the Fusiv Vx170 easily meets the processing needs for current and future applications. Terawave’s field-proven GPON PHY layer technology with Layer 2 Ethernet functionality meets interoperability requirements and is compliant with Full Service Access Network (FSAN) and ITU G.984 PHY layer technology standards.

“Ikanos has long been a leader in deployment of solutions that support delivery of triple play applications over wireline access networks,” said Michael A. Ricci, president and CEO of Ikanos. “Our Fusiv architecture is ideal for high performance GPON networks. It enables us to offer a common software architecture across PON, VDSL2 and ADSLx, while bringing significant quality of service advantages in delivery of voice, video and data services.”



About Terawave Communications, Inc.

Terawave Communications, based in Hayward, California, is a leading global manufacturer of GPON solutions for business, government and residential applications. Terawave products are deployed by more than 95 service providers on five continents, and have been selected by British Telecom for the BT 21st Century Network.

Terawave is an active member of the Metro Ethernet Forum, and all products comply with relevant ITU-T G.983, G.984, and MEF standards.Terawave products are sold direct, through major resellers and through an OEM partnership with Fujitsu Telecom Europe Ltd.

About Ikanos Communications, Inc. 


Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) develops chipsets that enable carriers to offer Fiber Fast™ bandwidth and Gigabit network processing for enhanced triple play services. Ikanos’ multi-mode VDSL2/ADSLx and network processor solutions power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world’s leading network equipment manufacturers. Ikanos’ solutions enable fast and cost-effective carrier rollouts of interactive broadband services, including IPTV. For more information, visit www.ikanos.com.

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