It's that time again. In this week's edition of Gigabites, EPB goes the extra Gig (or ten) for a local university, Verizon preps its own leap to 10-Gig, Google Fiber inches closer to a Salt Lake City launch and more.
EPB only launched its 10-Gig service in the fall, and UTC is the company's first commercial customer. The muni utility also offers 10-Gig broadband to residential consumers, the first of which signed up for the ultra-high-speed tier last October. (See Gigabites: EPB Signs First 10-Gig Customer.)
Of note, EPB is using next-generation PON (NG-PON) technology from Alcatel-Lucent (now part of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)) to deliver its 10-Gig service. According to a vendor spokesperson, that technology is the company's Universal-TWDM solution. EPB uses one wavelength for its deployment today, but could add additional wavelengths in the future to reach speeds up to 40 Gbits/s. (See Chattanooga Vaults to 10-Gig With NG-PON.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading