Dutch Do WDM-PON

8:45 AM -- BRUSSELS -- Broadband World Forum Europe 2008 -- There hasn't been quite as much noise about the prospects for WDM-PON here in Brussels as expected, but the emerging broadband access option has been far from invisible.

First, ADVA Optical Networking set out its stall, and Nokia Networks is pushing its long-term WDM-PON vision, which it refers to as next-generation optical access (NGOA), as hard as possible now that it's no longer in the GPON market. (See ADVA Unleashes WDM-PON and 'Run Away!' Nokia Siemens Retreats From GPON.)

But Nortel Networks Ltd. has trumped everyone by actually announcing a European taker for its WDM-PON offering. (See Nortel Does WDM PON.)

That offering comes from its joint venture business, LG-Ericsson Co. Ltd. , which recently acquired WDM-PON equipment specialist Novera Optics. (See Nortel JV Buys WDM-PON Specialist.)

Now Nortel says its platform, which it refers to as its "Ethernet Access solution," is being deployed in the Netherlands by broadband service provider UNET BV , which currently offers high-speed access services in Almere and Rotterdam.

UNET plans to deploy Nortel's gear to extend its reach and offer services to smaller, more remote communities that might not otherwise be included in any fiber-to-the-home or fiber-to-the-building plans.

Although the deployment is likely to be limited, it shows that there's a desire among some of Europe's smaller broadband players to check out the potential of some of the more innovative and cutting-edge access technologies in the market.

The big question is, when might the bigger carriers include such technology in their deployment plans? (See FT Lauds WDM-PON's Potential.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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