Next-Gen PON Pushes Fiber Closer to the Edge, Heavy Reading Reports

NEW YORK -- As bandwidth demands continue to grow, operators are pushing fiber to the edge and have found that next-generation passive optical network (PON) equipment allows them to maximize the value of their capex investments, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Insider (www.heavyreading.com/insider), a subscription research service from Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com).

Next-Generation PON: Status & Prospects examines technology developments and standardization efforts for the next generation of PON, and considers which technologies will be used and for what. It looks at how specific markets for next-gen PON will evolve, and compares the focus and portfolios of vendors. Finally, it profiles 13 leading suppliers of PON equipment.

For a complete list of companies covered in this report, please click here: http://twimgs.com/audiencedevelopment/LRHR/PDFS/hri0115_companies.pdf.

"As consumer and business demand for bandwidth continues to grow very fast, and competition in fixed and mobile access remains very strong in most markets around the world, operators are pushing fiber closer to the edges of their networks – both fixed and mobile," says Danny Dicks, contributing analyst with Heavy Reading Insider and author of the report. "While engineering investment for laying fiber is not insignificant even in relatively low-cost economies, operators can, depending on local conditions, minimize capex by deploying PON equipment."

Operators are already looking ahead to higher-speed broadband (gigabit/s and above), and to how they can best support a converging fixed/mobile network and deliver higher capacity at the access layer, Dicks says. "PON is well established as an access technology; GPON, in particular, will have considerable longevity in many applications from residential FTTH to backhaul of fast-copper-based residential applications," he continues. "Evolutions of GPON and EPON are available, and the recently standardized hybrid time- and wavelength-division multiplexed PON (TWDM-PON) technology will be of interest, as well as WDM-PON."

Key findings of Next-Generation PON: Status & Prospects include the following:

  • GPON is highly successful as an access technology for both FTTH and backhaul from fast copper, and will continue to be successful for many years.
  • 10G-EPON in symmetric configuration will succeed in existing EPON markets, including for business access services from North American cable companies, as well as in Japan, South Korea and China.
  • The XG-PON1 standard's asymmetry limits its use for non-residential applications, and NG-PON2 will likely supersede it within the next two years, as it reaches volume deployment.
  • Active Ethernet is a continuing strong competitor to PON; WDM-PON and NG-PON2 need a significant fall in the cost of tunable laser optical components.
  • Mobile fronthaul and backhaul applications will be a technology battleground over the next five years.

    Next-Generation PON: Status & Prospects is available as part of an annual single-user subscription (12 issues) to Heavy Reading Insider, priced at $1,995. Individual reports are available for $595 (single-user license).

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