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GPONs achieve cable, Ethernet breakthroughs

Posted: 15 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Gigabit passive optical networks? GPONs? Ethernet? GPON access system?

The booming market for Gigabit passive optical networks (GPONs) hit two milestones this week. Hitachi Telecom USA Inc. announced the first GPON deployment by a cable TV multisystem operator, covering small communities east of Colorado Springs in the U.S. Meanwhile, Wave7 Optics completed the hardware expansion of its Trident7 access platform by allowing a single system to handle both GPON and the Ethernet-based EPON standard.

Hitachi's AMN1220 GPON access system will form the basis of a video, Internet and voice service offered by Falcon Broadband, a company that is starting its triple-play services in the Flying Horse community in northeastern Colorado Springs. This will expand to the east to cover Ellicott Town Center, Falcon Highlands, Davis Ranch and other communities in El Paso County in Colorado.

The AMN1220 has enough bandwidth headroom to offer additional broadband services in the future. In particular, noted Hitachi Telecom VP of sales and marketing Rick Schiavinato, "Falcon will have the ability to offer both RF video services and advanced IPTV [Internet Protocol TV] services."

Meanwhile, PON pioneer Wave7 can claim to be the first to aggregate GPON and EPON in one universal access platform. Trident7 UAP was introduced at last year's Cable-Tec show, and began shipping with EPON-only line cards in late summer. The availability of GPON chip sets allowed Wave7 to add GPON hardware support based on the ITU G.984 standard, and systems will be shown at the NxtComm show in Chicago beginning Monday (June 18).

- Loring Wirbel
EE Times

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