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MUNICH -- ADVA Optical Networking announced today that it has launched a WDM-PON trial in Austria offering uncontended gigabit connectivity to residential subscribers. Conducted jointly with Energie AG Oberosterreich Data GmbH (Data GmbH) and ELCON Systemtechnik GmbH, the trial is designed to assess WDM-PON technology for next-generation residential broadband access. The network was deployed by Data GmbH, a subsidiary of Energie AG Oberosterreich, in the Austrian municipality of Allhaming. Using dedicated wavelength connections, the trial provides residents with symmetrical access speeds exceeding current commercial offerings by more than a factor of 10. Allhaming was chosen for the trial because of its location in an underserved rural area with poor broadband access.

WDM-PON technology is especially suited to such a scenario. It enables individual subscribers to be independently connected to a remote central office that can be tens of kilometers away. Optical WDM allows subscribers to share a common trunk fiber and eliminates the need for active field equipment.

The trial forms part of the collaborative EU PIANO+ projects TUCAN and IMPACT that are fostering the development of ultra-broadband WDM-PON networks. Lessons learned from the trial will be used to expand optical broadband delivery to a further thirty development areas in the Upper Austria region in 2014. The technology used in the trial was collaboratively tested by ADVA Optical Networking, ELCON Systemtechnik GmbH and Data GmbH under actual network conditions. Data from the trial is continually being collated and analyzed and will help Data GmbH understand the full implications of a WDM-PON network, including capital and operating costs.

ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV)

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