When it comes to selecting their next passive optical network, respondents to a recent UBB2020 poll are almost evenly split between moving directly to XGS-PON and or just moving up to NG-PON2.
But more respondents -- or 47.9% -- believe Verizon's choice to move directly to NG-PON2 is the best option, according to the survey. The decision to implement XGS-PON next was seen as the best move by 42.3% of respondents.
Verizon has garnered industry headlines for its decision to rely exclusively on NG-PON2 for its new infrastructure. That move is expected to advance beyond the lab and into business pilots in 2018, Vincent O'Byrne, director of access technology at Verizon told UBB2020 in September. (See Verizon Exec: NG-PON2 Leaves Lab in Early 2018.)
Sticking with the status quo by using existing technologies such as GPON or EPON was viewed as a good strategy by only 5.6% of those taking the poll. That could be due to the anticipated returns of XGS-PON and NG-PON2, which lower deployment costs, allow providers to more speedily offer more services to a wider array of subscribers and advance operators' implementation of automation, virtualization and analytics, among other expected benefits. By waiting, operators risk lagging behind their more aggressive competitors.
Only 4.2% of respondents cited "other" as a strategy.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!