BBWF 2010: Huawei's 10G GPON Coup
6:20 AM -- PARIS -- Broadband World Forum 2010 -- Only a day after Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) announced a planned trial of its 10G GPON (XG-PON) technology with Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT), its fierce rival Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. says it has already completed a trial of that new flavor of fiber access with the very same operator. (See BBWF 2010: 10G GPON Hits Europe .)
The Chinese vendor says it worked with the Portuguese incumbent to transmit 3DTV content using the 10G GPON capabilities in its MA 5600T access platform.
There is a difference between the two trials, though. Huawei's platform enables asymmetrical capacity -- 10 Gbit/s downstream and 2.5 Gbit/s upstream -- while AlcaLu's is a symmetrical 10 Gbit/s platform.
The potential of next-generation PON systems has been one of the hot topics in Paris this week. (See BBWF 2010: Euro Vendor Joins WDM-PON Fray, BBWF 2010: Next-Gen FTTX, No Sure Bets in NG PONs, and BBWF 2010: Top 10 Topics.)
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading