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EPIC Member Genexis teams up with Case to realize a Gigabit FTTH network

EPIC Member Genexis teams up with Case Western Reserve University to realize a Gigabit Fiber-to-the-Home network aimed to improve lives in American cities


Genexis, a Netherlands-based company developing and manufacturing equipment for broadband fiber networks, is partnering with Case Western Reserve University to build the first of its kind Gigabit Fiber-to-the-Home network. Called the Case Connection Zone, the pilot program will bring true broadband to communities that - up to now - have been left on the wrong side of the digital divide. Instead of providing people with just basic Internet, telephony and television, the Case Connection Zone will provide a high speed network that enables a real jump into the information age.

Fiber-to-the-Home is seen by many as a new technology that can provide more megabits per second to end-users. While true, the real potential of fiber networks lies in their power to influence the way people communicate and interact.

Access to broadband communication is a necessity for fully engaged economic and social development,” says Lev Gonick, Case’s Vice President for Information Technology Services. “With a Gigabit fiber network, communities can access services such as healthcare and e-learning and at the same time provide people with open access to the economic opportunities that the Internet enables. This combination of strengthening the community structure and providing people with a superhighway to the digital world is vital to improving lives in American cities.”

Genexis will provide its Gigabit per second Optical Communication Gateway to the Cleveland-based initiative. Installed in the home, the gateway converts ultra-high speed signals on optical fiber to well-known broadband services including voice, television and Internet.

The Genexis unit provides each home with the standard set of communication services plus it enables a whole host of new services in the area of healthcare, security, education and more,” says Gerlas van den Hoven, CEO of Genexis. “The Genexis gateway combines the ultimate in communication speed with the ability to provide multiple services from a variety of providers at the same time.”

With the first trial scheduled to launch later this quarter, the program aims to connect 25,000 residents in Cleveland. The initiative is joined by many leading Cleveland-based organizations including University Hospitals, The Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Hospital System, OneCommunity, the Great Lakes Science Center, public safety forces and the City of Cleveland itself.

In the end, communications and Internet is not about just technology, it is about people,” Gonick continues. “Genexis has understood this very well, and has developed products for in the home that enable people to use the full potential of broadband in a simple and user-friendly way. In addition, the gateway is power-efficient and installer-friendly, a key factor when installing fiber in urban areas.”

About Genexis BV
Genexis is a trendsetting European company dedicated to the development, manufacturing and marketing of home gateways for fiber-to-the-home networks. Genexis’ design philosophy takes into account the full product lifetime: from investment and installation through to operation, our FiberXport® product line proves to deliver the lowest cost of ownership. At the same time, we focus on developing new concepts and products aimed to take full advantage of the benefits of optical fiber. Our customers are network operators throughout the world. The Genexis solid technical knowledge and skills in fiber technology, Ethernet/IP and CATV networks, results in superior product performance. To meet and exceed our customers’ future expectations, Genexis participates in several innovative research programs. Genexis is based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands — the centre of one of Europe’s key high-tech regions. www.genexis.eu

About Case Western Reserve University
Case is among the nation’s leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. www.case.edu

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