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ADTRAN notes service provider and Tier 1 carriers trialing 10 Gbit/s XGS-PON broadband technology
Announced Date: 3/16/2016 Published Date: 3/17/2016

ADTRAN, a supplier of next-generation open networking solutions, announced that a number of 10 Gbit/s broadband customer trials are currently underway, with service providers spanning new market entrants to municipal/utility providers and international Tier 1 carriers currently evaluating FTTP services based on the XGS-PON architecture.

ADTRAN noted that it is a leading player in developing XGS-PON technology, which is an emerging ITU 10 Gbit/s PON standard designed to bridge the gap between existing FTTH technologies and NG-PON2. The new technology is designed to enable network operators to achieve greater profitability through offering converged residential and expanded business services.

XGS-PON is a new technology being developed by ADTRAN designed to support 10 Gbit/s symmetric fixed wavelength PON over new or existing fibre infrastructure. The technology is intended to address service providers' needs by effectively doubling the useable life span of a fibre network regardless of the multi-Gigabit service rate delivered.

Leveraging the technology, service providers can achieve the capacity, reliability and flexibility required to deliver premium business and mobile backhaul services, while also meeting the price points and scale required for the provision of mass-market residential applications.

Recently, ADTRAN announced a solution designed to enable enterprises, small businesses and schools to more quickly leverage gigabit broadband speeds using its 10 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switch. The solution is designed to offer more capacity and higher reliability than traditional switches and targets customers seeking to support increasing demand for high-bandwidth VoIP, WiFi, gigabit-to-the-desktop and cloud connectivity.

In August last year, ADTRAN unveiled developments under its open interface commitment designed to enable open fibre broadband access solutions. As part of efforts to unlock the single-vendor access network, ADTRAN introduced a standards-based, carrier-grade solution portfolio that encompasses the complete access network, from the central office to the cabinet and the customer premises.

ADTRAN's technology is designed to enable open, interoperable broadband access network based on elements including: multi-service access nodes (MSAN) interoperable with ONTs, residential and business gateways and MDU switches; FTTdp and 10 Gbit/s FTTH MDU solutions; and a CPE portfolio with FTTH-enabled IP business gateways, WiFi integrated residential gateways and micro ONTs.

Commenting on the technology, Ben Lovins, SVP, telecommunications division, at Jackson Energy Authority, said, "XGS-PON is allowing Jackson Energy to exceed customers' bandwidth needs today while still proactively planning for future network build outs and capabilities… the ability to deploy on the current fibre network while using the same passive and active plant is allowing it to greatly improve the return on existing fibre network investment".