IEEE Launches New 802.3 NG-EPON Study Group

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced the formation of a new IEEE 802.3 Next Generation Ethernet Passive Optical Network (NG-EPON) study group.

Today, fiber-to-the-premise deployments continue at an unprecedented rate and utilize 1G-EPON and 10G-EPON technologies to provide required service speeds. To address future bandwidth-hungry applications, next generation EPON will need to support higher speeds to address continuously increasing service tiers, while also enabling a converged access platform capable of delivering simultaneously services to residential, business, and cell tower backhaul customers.

Consolidating the Industry around NG-EPON Architecture
“The telecommunications industry is faced with three main components that drive increasing access network speeds: number of subscribers, number of connected devices (and applications) per subscriber, and bit rate required by those devices and applications. All are increasing simultaneously, and these three growth areas combined lead to an exponential increase in bit rates over the fiber access network,” said Dr. Curtis Knittle, chairperson of the IEEE 802.3 NG-EPON study group and director of Network Technologies at CableLabs. “The NG-EPON Study Group will explore market drivers, existing and projected technologies, and consolidate the industry around the objectives for the next generation Ethernet Passive Optical Network architecture to address the future needs of network operators.”

The formation of an IEEE 802.3 study group occurs when there is interest in developing a request to initiate an IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standards-development project. Once enough interest in a particular technology area is established, an IEEE 802.3 study group provides a forum for global experts to come together in collaboration to develop a proposal for an IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standards-development project.

“The investigative work undertaken by the new IEEE 802.3 study group will help drive standards advancement and development in their respective areas of expertise,” said David Law, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet working group and distinguished engineer with HP Networking.

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