FTTH Jealousy

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FTTH Jealousy

Just got this news release on a FTTH deployment that includes IPTV, voice, video, video-on-demand, HDTV, ludicrous 100 Mbps Internet speeds, and more. Man, my cable broadband is starting to look like lame dial-up when I read news releases like this!


Optical Entertainment Network (OEN) announced today their plans to deploy fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) to over 1,600,000 households in Houston, Texas, the 10th largest television market in the U.S. The company, who has partnered with leading European and North American vendors plans to launch its United States service offering in December 2005 and begin European operations in Q2 of 2006.

The company has designed the first truly integrated IPTV service for Video, 10 to 100 Mbps Internet, Voice, Video-on-Demand (VOD) and other broadband applications such as, Home Security, videoconferencing and telemedicine. OEN has acquired programming agreements for IPTV distribution from top programming television networks and will deliver over 400 television channels, including 50 plus channels of High Definition Television (HDTV) to subscribers. In addition, OEN will offer video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, pay-per-view specials and events and original HDTV programming created by OEN Studios, the creative television production arm of Optical Entertainment Network.

"FTTH makes OEN unique among entertainment service providers", said Tom Wendt, President and CEO. "The marriage of FTTH and OEN's fiber technology allows our service to have the largest programming lineup of any multi-channel video provider in North America."

The OEN system provides state-of-the-art integrated services including standard and high definition television, Internet, telephone services and unified messaging. This network delivers innovative new applications such as, videoconferencing, gaming, telemedicine, niche programming, and connected learning to homes in the Houston area.

All of these services have been integrated into IP (Internet Protocol) architecture, designed specifically for Gigabit Ethernet FTTH systems.

"Other existing Fiber-to-the-Home deployments today are using traditional cable and telephone network technology from the legacy copper based systems", said Curtis Overstreet, Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer, "Our system takes full advantage of the limitless bandwidth capacity offered by the latest in optical technologies to not only generate new revenues from innovative applications but to create some exciting new revenue generating business models such as advertising targeted at the household level".

OEN's first deployment partner is Phonoscope of Houston, Texas, owner of the largest privately held metro fiber network. Already the existing network reaches 200,000 household easements and is within 100 to 500 yards of approximately 1.6 million households in the 6 county areas around Houston. OEN which is already generating revenues from HDTV program production will have live subscribers from day one of this deployment.

"OEN has assembled the best partners in the industry for this venture, including key industry leaders in FTTH construction, engineering services, technology and in investment banking", added Thomas Wendt, "and we've been successful in marrying this infrastructure with the premier entertainment companies of the world", Wendt adds.

About Optical Entertainment Network

Optical Entertainment Network is a Houston, Texas based company providing the first major market deployment of Video, Internet and Voice to residential and commercial customers over a system specifically designed to optimize Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology. The company is a platinum member of the FTTH Council. More information can be found at the company's website at www.4fiber.tv.



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