Little Neck, NY, January 17, 2007 - Leviton Manufacturing Company, North America's largest producer of electrical and electronic wiring devices and manufacturer of voice and data solutions, today announces an alliance with AFL Telecommunications, a leading supplier of fiber optic products and services, to bring the benefits of Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service to homeowners. The alliance supports the needs of residential developers and builders seeking to integrate Fiber-to-the-Home within the multi-family dwelling unit (MDU) and master-planned communities. The alliance focuses on supporting end-to-end solutions through a combination of Leviton's FTTH and industry-leading, in-home technology portfolio with AFL's FTTH network electronics and system integration expertise.
According to Michael Mattei, Leviton's Director of Fiber Business Development, "Fiber solutions have yet to be fully integrated into the home. Typically, fiber enters through the side of the house, but that is where it ends. Largely overlooked is the value of integrating it throughout the home, from the service entrance to individual jacks on the wall, to meet the home's high-speed information, communication and entertainment needs. Leviton and AFL are the perfect partners to bring a wealth of in-home experience and product solutions together with industry-leading access network solutions and integration services. In 2006, Leviton wired several hundred thousand homes for broadband signal delivery to the den, kitchen or bedroom. The Leviton/AFL alliance provides start-to-finish service and support for the implementation of a FTTH network that encompasses both active and passive design elements," he adds.
"AFL is pleased to partner with Leviton on FTTH solutions", said Kent Brown, Director, Access Solutions for AFL. "FTTH is a powerful community amenity that drives value for the developer, builder and resident. AFL's relationship with Leviton connects the optical network to the in-home network and makes it easy for residential developers to implement FTTH within their communities."
In addition to an end-to-end product portfolio, the AFL and Leviton FTTH alliance offer a variety of services, including AFL's FTTH Business Modeling and network design, Leviton's "Whole House" Integrated Networks solutions, outside plant infrastructure, network electronics and in-home, technology solutions. These services provide residential developers with a single source for successfully defining and implementing the value created by FTTH.
Established in 1906, Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc. is one of the world's most diversified electrical manufacturing companies. Leviton has more than thirty facilities dedicated to the engineering, manufacturing and distribution of over 25,000 products for nearly every connectivity need. Leviton's Voice & Data division is dedicated to producing complete copper, fiber and wireless network infrastructure solutions for enterprise, data center, and service provider applications. For more information, visit www.leviton.com.
About AFL Telecommunications
AFL Telecommunications, a division of Fujikura Ltd., is an industry leader in providing fiber optic products, engineering expertise and integrated services to the telecommunications industry. AFL manufactures, engineers and installs the fiber optic products and equipment that communications providers need to provide high-speed voice, video, and data services to their customers. AFL's extensive experience in both design and application encompasses all markets, from Telco, Broadband and Wireless, to Electric Utility, OEM and Private Networks. For more information visit, www.afltele.com.