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Sumitomo Electric Launches 10G-EPON for Cable Operators in North America

November 12, 2014
Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. today announced the release of its 10G symmetrical EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) line cards (FCM7133) for use with its FSU7100 Series of Optical Line Terminals (OLTs). The FCM7133 line cards support 10 times the bandwidth of the current 1G line cards to service the growing needs of both commercial and residential broadband applications.

With existing deployments of 1G EPON products in North America , Japan, and other global markets, the addition of a 10G symmetrical option supports the growing demand for bandwidth driven by the increase of per/household or per/business Internet consumption, streaming video distribution, MEF services, and the emergence of super-high-definition content over Internet Protocol (IP).

The FCM7133 is an IEEE 802.3av-compliant line card and offers an optional module for the FSU7100 series OLTs in accordance with CableLabs®’ DPoE™ standards. Sumitomo Electric’s OLTs support the coexistence of its 10G and 1G optical network units (ONUs) on the same fiber, ensuring full backward compatibility with ONUs that are already deployed in the field today.

The primary features of Sumitomo Electric’s 10G-EPON FCM7133 line card module includes:

  • Simultaneous support for downstream/upstream rates of 10Gbps/10Gbps, 10Gbps/1Gbps and 1Gbps/1Gbps
  • High density capacities of over 8,000 subscribers per chassis lowering common equipment costs.
  • DPoE capability ensures ease of integration into existing DOCSIS® provisioning systems
  • Seamless integration with other Sumitomo Electric line card modules
  • In combination with FSW7112 switching modules and FSU7101 multi-terabit capable chassis, the FCM7133 supports full duplex line rate speeds for all eight 10G ports.
  • “The FSU7101 OLT has been adopted in North America by major cable operators since 2012,” comments Hiromitsu Awai, senior vice president of the Network Products division at Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp. “Our EPON systems allow our customers to increase their already extensive service offering capabilities to compete against the ever growing threat from competition in commercial and residential markets.”

    The FCM7133 10G line cards and FTE7502 10G ONUs are immediately available for delivery.

    FSU7100 fully loaded with FCM7133FTE7502

    About Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

    Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. designs, manufactures and sells optical fibers, cables, components, advanced electronic devices, and automotive parts. Through successful strategies of research and diversification, Sumitomo Electric has become one of the world's leading companies at the forefront of the revolution in information and communications. Sumitomo Electric's world-class research and manufacturing capabilities in optical technology continue to expand and strengthen the product portfolio while maintaining industry leading levels of reliability. The company has global operations in approximately 40 countries with over 220,000 employees and has revenues of 25.0 billion dollars. Visit

    About Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp.

    Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp.(SEL) is a major industry leader in the development, innovation, and manufacturing of the highest quality and most reliable optical fiber, fiber optic cable, fusion splicing equipment and accessories, connectors, passive components, FTTx solutions, and FutureFLEX® Air-Blown Fiber® for communications, wireless, residential broadband, FTTx, enterprise networks, and data centers. Dedicated to continuous innovation and exceptional customer, engineering, and training services, SEL partners with customers to tailor industry-1st solutions that advance information and communication networks. Established in 1984, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave is a Sumitomo Electric Group company, serving North, South, and Central America. For more information, please call +1-800-358-7378, email, or visit

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    Director, Technical Marketing
    Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp.
    Phone: +1-678-576-3378
    Editorial Contact Alexandra Manning
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp.
    Phone: +1-919-541-8383
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