More Than 40 Companies Ratify 10G-EPON Standard

  • FTTH
  • GEPON

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The next generation of fiber to the home moved a step closer as more than 40 companies and organizations involved with the IEEE 10G-EPON Task Force celebrated completion of the new 802.3av-2009 standard, which will deliver data over Ethernet passive optical networks at 10 Gbps.


The organizations expressing their support for the approved standard include FTTH electronics vendors such as Alloptic, Enablence, Hitachi and Huawei;  vendors of related equipment such as Arris and Sumitomo Electric; chip makers such as Teknovus, PMC-Sierra and Vitesse; service providers such as Bright House Networks, NTT, China Telecom and China Unicom; and a variety of standards organizations and industry alliances.


The new standard supports both symmetric (10 Gbps downstream/10 Gbps upstream) and asymmetric (10 Gbps downstream/1 Gbps upstream) operations. To accommodate the existing deployments of Gigabit Ethernet PON (GEPON) systems to more than 30 million subscribers worldwide, 802.3av enables seamless upgrades by allowing the simultaneous operation of 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps symmetric and asymmetric EPON systems on the same outside plant. This allows operators to introduce 10G-EPON without replacing any existing GEPON equipment and minimizes the operational impact of upgrading a large, in-service FTTH network. Initial deployments of 10G-EPON equipment are expected in 2010.

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