TGIF. In this week's Gigabites, the industry looks ahead to multi-gig services, Google Fiber continues to fight for pole attachment rights and more.
The newest evidence of multi-Gig ambitions, however, comes from Google Fiber Inc. and the International Telecommunication Union, Standardization Sector (ITU-T) . As first reported by Business Insider, Google Fiber has posted a new job opening for a Photonics Engineer with the goal of taking the challenge "to innovate integrated photonics device technologies to enable scalable access network bandwidth beyond GB/s per user in a cost effective manner." Note the emphasis on cost effectiveness. Given Google Fiber's limited scale with broadband deployments and its desire to outpace the rest of the market, it's going to have to come up with some significant innovations to make higher speeds a practical reality.
Meanwhile, the ITU is looking at an industry-wide approach to attacking the next broadband hurdle. The agency recently approved two new standards for 10-Gig (XGS-PON) and 40-Gig (NG-PON2) symmetrical fiber services. Next-generation PON technology has long been on the horizon, with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) announcing last August that it would put out a request for proposals for an NG-PON2 deployment before the end of 2015. The telco operator, however, has since been mum on the subject. (See Verizon Revs Up Wireline Race With NG-PON2.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading