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.
Deutsche Telekom just signed an infrastructure project with the Gigabit Region Stuttgart, home to 174 municipalities and almost 3 million people, one of many partnerships the German operator has inked in its bid to grow revenue and business.
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