New Standards Group Aims at EPON Interoperability

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - The IEEE Standards Association has formed a working group to develop a standard for making EPON equipment interoperable. The new communications standard will be known as IEEE P1904.1, "Standard for Service Interoperability in Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (SIEPON)."


Worldwide, EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Networks) is the most widely used technology for FTTx access networks, with more than 30 million subscriber lines served by 1G-EPON. With massive fiber deployments taking place in China and elsewhere, EPON networks are expected to add more than 10 million new subscribers annually. To accommodate this rapid growth, the market needs open, international, system-level specifications that will foster multivendor interoperability. The SIEPON standard project will develop system-level specifications for "plug-and-play" interoperability of the transport, service and control planes in a multivendor environment.


The specifications developed in the course of this project, which are likely to be completed in one to two years, will complement the existing IEEE 802.3 and IEEE 802.1 standards, which ensure interoperability at the physical layer and data link layer.


The working group expects to hold its first meeting early in 2010. Anyone interested in participating in the P1904.1 project is encouraged to visit the SIEPON Working Group website at http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/1904/1/ for information about the registration process and proposed meeting schedule.

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