UP UNTIL SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, FIBER could deliver gigabit speeds to the curb just outside the house, but there was always the question of maximizing fiber-based bandwidth inside the house.
Technology from Alloptic solves the bandwidth bottleneck issue by aggregating voice, data, and video traffic and sending the services through a house at full T1 1.5-megabit-per-second speeds or better.
Alloptic makes back-end gear that receives digital signals over fiber, but the bandwidth aggregation happens in an Alloptic optical network unit (ONU) that's placed inside the house. The ONU receives the optical voice, data, and video signals and translates them so they can run at optimum speeds over an in-house structured wiring network with Category-5e cabling. The ONU is complemented by fiber-optic cable from OFS, a maker of fiber-optic products based in Norcross, Ga.
This fiber-optics infrastructure is being used to deliver high-speed services at The Pine Hills in Plymouth, Mass., and Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, S.C. Another developer that is deploying the Alloptic/ OFS technology is iCornerstone, the technology service provider set up to deliver voice, data, video, and security for developer Cornerstone Investments in Dallas, Ga.
Joel Thomas, director of operations for iCor-nerstone, says the company plans to build 950 units in two locations over four years. All home buyers will be offered this technology. Thomas says iCornerstone now offers the following services to home buyers: