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BBWF 2010: 10G GPON Hits Europe

Ray Le Maistre

10:20 AM -- PARIS -- Broadband World Forum 2010 -- Hot on the heels of its 10G GPON (XG-PON) trial with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) in the US, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has announced an agreement with Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT) to set up what looks to be Europe's first trial of the next-generation fiber access broadband technology. (See Test Shows FiOS Handles Two-Way 10Gig.)

The trial will see symmetrical 10Gbit/s fiber access connections put through their paces using the vendor's Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) broadband platform.

But according to Heavy Reading chief analyst Graham Finnie, it's going to be years before 10G GPON and the other next-generation fiber access technologies (10G-EPON and WDM-PON) are deployed commercially. (See No Sure Bets in NG PONs.)

The evolution of fiber access, and the potential for squeezing greater broadband speeds and reach out of existing copper plant, has been a key talking point here in Paris this week. (See BBWF 2010: Ghost in the Machine?, BBWF 2010: Ikanos Boasts 100Mbit/s DSL, BBWF 2010: Euro Vendor Joins WDM-PON Fray, and BBWF 2010: NSN Takes DSL to 825 Mbit/s.)

Portugal is already a hotbed of super-fast broadband deployments. (See FTTH Europe: Now That's What I Call Broadband.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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