With the successful completion of phase one of its multi-vendor NG-PON2 interoperability trial, Verizon moved a giant stride closer to deployment of next-generation PON and operation of one network for multiple businesses.
The trial was aligned with Verizon's Open OMCI specification, which defines the interface between optical line termination (OLT) at the service provider end and the customer's optical network terminal (ONT). Hoping other operators adopt the spec, Verizon plans to release Open OMCI to the industry within the next few months.
The interoperability trial, which featured a number of vendors, focused on the ADTRAN Mosaic Software Defined (SD-Access) solution, ADTRAN SDX network elements and SDN orchestration from the ADTRAN Mosaic Cloud Platform. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) expects NG-PON2 to move from the lab to field trials early this year.
Interoperability is a big step forward in operators' move to one network to support multiple businesses, such as residential, small and midsize businesses, enterprise and mobile. The Verizon trial demonstrated the ability to expand bandwidth without affecting existing subscribers on the same fiber line, according to a release from Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN)
Using NG-PON2, operators can provide upload and download speeds of up to 80G bit/s, which enables them to more easily meet today's increasing traffic demands by simplifying the capacity of existing networks.
"Increased network integrity and improved application quality-of-experience differentiate NG-PON2 as a cost-effective fiber broadband solution," said Robert Conger, ADTRAN’s associate vice president, Cloud and Portfolio Strategy, in a statement.
This trial included ADTRAN Mosaic Software-Defined Access, which delivers converged 10G bit/s services via the scalable ADTRAN SDX network elements and software-defined network orchestration from the ADTRAN Mosaic Cloud Platform. The integration of Mosaic SD-Access and NG-PON2 enhances fiber distribution and network flexibility, supports fiber network auto-grooming and reduces truck rolls, said ADTRAN.
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