NG-PON2 reached another milestone Tuesday with the announcement that an open access wholesale operator in New Zealand has deployed the emerging ultra-broadband technology in its production network for live demonstrations.
Using its existing deployment of broadband access system technology from Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX), Northpower Fibre has activated NG-PON2 elements in part of its network and installed NG-PON2 customer premises equipment at an enterprise customer and one consumer home in the city of Whangarei on New Zealand's north island.
The deployment is the latest proof point for a technology for the next generation of broadband technology that, in theory at least, holds great potential for network operators facing a capacity crunch as video, cloud traffic and, in the coming years, all manner of bandwidth-hungry 5G applications swamp their networks. NG-PON2 delivers 40 Gbit/s (4 x 10 Gbit/s) of throughput that can then be shared amongst end users and, importantly, it enables different service providers to be active on the same NG-PON2 network, making it ideal for wholesale as well as enterprise and high-end consumer services.
But it's likely to be a few years yet before NG-PON2 becomes mainstream: Component production will need to scale up to enable the systems and CPE vendors to offer products at price points that will enable an acceptable return on investment for operators, though there's plenty of collaboration taking place in the broadband community to try to make that happen sooner rather than later.
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