Who Makes What: GPON Equipment
After years of buildup, GPON is finally being deployed in carrier networks, with rollouts set to ramp up significantly in 2009 and beyond. (See GPON Driving Worldwide Growth of FTTH.)
Heavy Reading forecasts that, by 2012, about 90 million homes will have a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connection. Japan has led much of the FTTH deployment thus far, but that has been an EPON story. For the rest of the world, GPON is expected to be the standard technology choice.
In North America, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) will lead the GPON charge. Most of its FiOS installations to date have used older BPON technology, but new central offices' deployments will house GPON-ready equipment, while many existing ones will eventually be upgraded. (See Verizon's Going Strong on GPON and Verizon Preps GPON Push.)
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) plans to deploy GPON too, but only in greenfield sites. Those rollouts are expected to ramp up significantly in 2009, though that's dependent on growth in the U.S. housing market. (See AT&T Prepping for GPON.)
In Europe, active Ethernet has dominated thus far, but GPON is expected to slowly gain share.
With GPON becoming prevalent, it's time to create a taxonomy of the vendors involved in the sector, and for extra value we've thrown in an overview of WDM-PON as well.
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Here's a rundown of what's included in this report:
Page 2: ONTs and OLTs
Page 3: Triplexers
Page 4: GPON Chips
Page 5: 10 Gbit/s GPON
Page 6: WDM-PON
— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading