Light Reading Insider Analyzes Passive Optical Networking for

                     FTTP Deployments 
  NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The North American passive optical
networking (PON) and fiber to the premises (FTTP) market may be hot, but it's
going to get a lot hotter in 2005 and 2006, as an influx of new products and
service provider RFPs add fuel to the fire, according to a new report from
Light Reading (www.lightreading.com). 
The report -- entitled "Passive Optical Networks: 21st Century Access?"
and published by the subscription research service Light Reading Insider,
(www.lightreading.com/insider) -- evaluates technology choices, vendor
strategies, and the lessons to be learned from PON activity throughout the
world.  A bright future is expected for PON as the centerpiece of carriers'
triple-play services over FTTP. 
"In the near term, greenfield deployments, especially by utilities and
municipalities with long-term ROI expectations, will be the main addressable
market," says Daro Clark, the report's author.  "But FTTP will not result in
higher RBOC capex; it will simply replace spending on legacy copper
infrastructure." 
This report looks at the recent customer trends in FTTP/PON and explores
the barriers to widespread deployment.  The Insider's conclusions include: 


       * The RBOC's choice of the BPON standard is the strongest validation of
       PON technology in the U.S. to date.
     * Verizon is the most ambitious RBOC, while SBC and BellSouth are less
       convinced of FTTP's short-term proposition.
     * Beyond the RBOCs, the opportunities are plentiful: Independent telcos,
       cable and utility companies, municipalities, and real estate developers
       provide PON vendors with a captive but fragmented market.
     * PON equipment prices will decline 20 percent to 30 percent in the next
       two years.
     * Regulatory uncertainty regarding RBOC unbundling commitments and other
       companies' rights to offer PON-based services is keeping in the
       industry at the bleeding edge.
     * With over 1 million FTTP subscribers and a projected 5 million by the
       end of 2005, Japan is the test bed for next-gen access networks.
     * The race is on between the EPON and GPON standards for industry
       acceptance, but ultimately the customers' existing network technologies
       will force their decisions.


Private vendors analyzed in this report: Optical Solutions Inc.; Salira
Optical Networking Systems Inc.; Alloptic Inc.; CEOS Pty Ltd., and Flexlight
Networks Inc. 
Public vendors analyzed in this report: Advanced Fibre Communications Inc.
(Nasdaq: AFCI), Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. (Jointly owned by Alcoa Inc. [NYSE: AA]
and Fujikura Ltd.), Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA), Fujitsu Ltd.
(OTC Bulletin Board: FJTSY), and Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) 
The report is available as part of an annual subscription to the monthly
Light Reading Insider, which is priced at $1,350.  The subscription includes
12 monthly reports covering the hottest wireline equipment and services
markets. Individual reports are available for $900. 
  To subscribe, or to get more information, please visit:
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  About Light Reading Insider 
Light Reading Insider (www.lightreading.com/insider), an electronic
research service of Light Reading (www.lightreading.com), provides independent
analysis to investors and industry leaders tracking the latest developments in
the telecommunications industry. 


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     Marketing Director
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