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.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
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It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.