XG-PON market has been gaining momentum?

Discussions about XG-PON technology

XG-PON ultra-high-speed broadband technology: XG-PON, 10G-PON, NGPON-1 or G.987

  During this week, some friends were very interested about the market potential momentum of the XG-PON (even NG-PON2) technology, and now we have another questions: “The new speed is great, but at what cost for the customer?” and “where is the real need of XG-PON (NG-PON2)?” etc.

Verizon field trial XG-PON2 shows 10Gbps capabilities

Verizon field trial XG-PON2 shows 10Gbps capabilities

Yes. Agreed ideas:

  Today’s big data era, more and more emerging mobile video, media and huge data applications being creating. The obvious application for these technologies is wireless backhaul. However, it’s not clear that there is enough coordination between the telecom operators’ wireline and wireless businesses to exploit this synergy.
  The other forseeable application is ultra-high-speed broadband (carrier level) services. XG-PON (and NG-PON2) fiber optic network is providing us high flexibility, high-capacity transmission solution, providing richer voice communication service, together with VoLTE and microwave transmission technology.

XG-PON field trial overview

XG-PON field trial overview

No. Doubt, uncertainty attitude:

  The significance of these technology trials is overstated. They are a necessary, but not sufficient. Two options: step toward new service offerings; Or upgraded to support existing services. Generally speaking, the cost of the service provider need to be reconsidered.
  Actually, marketers will have to persuade their enterprise customers to accept with shared facilities bandwidth needs in excess of 1Gb/s or existing GPON network.

PON summary standardization

PON summary standardization

Technology knowledge background

  Offering 10 Gbit/s of shared capacity downstream, XG-PON had been developed as the next high-speed fixed broadband evolutionary step after GPON (2.5 Gbit/s shared capacity).

XG-PON technology — a.k.a. 10G-PON, NGPON-1 or G.987, according to what ITU standard speaks

  It fell off the technology bandwagon largely because prevailing industry opinion suggested that FTTH operators would invest in GPON and gain what economies of scale they could for a number of years and then upgrade to NG-PON 2 (aka TWDM-PON), which offers 40 Gbit/s of shared downstream capacity and which can use the same outside plant (optical distribution network infrastructure) as GPON, so making for an easier and more efficient upgrade.

Business XG-PON projects and market

  Following examples, let’s collect the actual running XG-PON, NG-PON2 networks projects and market information.

  1. Orange Spain has announced it has been putting XG-PON through its paces as an option for connecting mobile basestations (for fixed-line packet backhaul) and offering commercial broadband services of up to 1 Gbit/s.
  2. Orange has just completed the acquisition of Spanish competitive broadband service provider Jazztel to boost its network assets, customer base, markets and service offering in the country. Jazztel had already invested in a broadband network architecture from ZTE that incorporated XG-PON as an upgrade option, so it looks like Orange is making use of that existing capability. (See Fiber Sizzles in Spain as Orange Targets Jazztel and Jazztel Turns On Its FTTH network.)
  3.   Spain’s incumbent operator Telefónica SA has deployed XG-PON, from ZTE’s fiercest rival Huawei to develop its gigabit broadband services.
    WDM PON application case

    WDM PON application case

  4.   But XG-PON looks to be little more than a stepping stone: At the same time as announcing its mobile backhaul and gigabit trials using XG-PON technology, Orange Spain noted that it’s about to start testing NG-PON2.
  5.   XG-PON may be experiencing something of a mini Spanish revival, but it looks short-lived. What’s going to be interesting during the next few years is seeing if any of the other current broadband technologies that are attracting operator attention — WDM-PON as yet another potential fiber-to-the-premises technology and G.fast and next-generation vectoring as the next steps for copper access lines — go the same way.

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