Partners in WDM-PON
6:15 PM -- For some of us in the U.S., the recent LG-Ericsson Co. Ltd. announcement of a WDM-PON ecosystem came with one major question: Who are these guys?
The ecosystem so far consists of three vendors of customer premises equipment: Comtrend Corp. , Genexis B.V. , and Teldat . (See CPE Vendors Join WDM-PON Ecosystem.) Comtrend, I've heard of. (See, for instance, Comtrend Picks BroadLight's GPON.) The other two? Shrug.
They're all well-known names in Europe, says Rafa Sanchez, who's part of the WDM-PON business development team at LG-Nortel. They'll each be combining their home gateways with LG-Nortel's Optical Network Unit (ONU), so that carriers can have one box at the home instead of two.
Carriers were asking LG-Nortel for that kind of integration, and that's understandable. Having fewer boxes for the home user to string together sounds good for any access technology -- especially one like WDM-PON that's still trying to get established.
More vendors along those lines are likely to join soon, he says, as are others such as OSS vendors.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading