The second-annual XGS-PON interoperability plugfest in France brought together 13 companies and a meeting of the minds, as participants accelerated PON technology development and mapped out a migration path for operators.
Organized by Laboratoire des Applications Numériques (LAN), in partnership with the Full Service Access Network (FSAN) Group and the Broadband Forum, the agenda addressed interoperability between XGS-PON Optical Line Terminations (OLTs) and Optical Network Units (ONUs), plus the coexistence between PON technologies such as G-PON and NG-PON2.
"The industry is very much working together to ensure that when it comes to deploying PON technologies, operators have a wide choice of interoperable solutions and can deploy the technology cost-effectively," said Thierry Doligez, director of LAN, in a statement.
Plugfest participants included ADTRAN, Broadcom, Calix, CommScope, Econet, Huawei, Intel, MT2, Nokia, Sagemcom, TiBit Communications and ZTE; several operators contributed to the test plan in their desire for increased interoperability across vendors.
Interoperability testing and ONU certification are "essential to Orange before envisioning any significant deployment of a technology generation," Christian Gacon, director of Wireline Network and Infrastructure at Orange Labs, said in a prepared statement. "XGS-PON test events prove the basic standards sanity check and enable the next step, consisting [of] common technical specifications amongst major operators worldwide to focus the industry towards a bulk first market for the technology."
A growing number of service providers including AT&T is deploying XGS-PON. More visibility into the technology's evolution and interoperability should help accelerate and broaden adoption.
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