The success of NG-PON2 heavily relies upon availability of low-cost, reliable tunable optics, according to Ovum.
Shipments of optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical network terminals (ONTs) are increasing, as the vendor supplier base grows alongside news of NG-PON2 equipment deployments, Julie Kunstler, principal analyst at Ovum, told Broadband World News.
"Ovum just published its wireline broadband access equipment forecast," she said. "We expect significant price declines in NG-PON2 ONTs and ONUs over the forecast period. In terms of CAGR for 2018 to 2023, there'll be a decline of 21%."
However, NG-PON2 optics -- OLTs, ONTs and optical network units (ONUs) -- will remain higher than those of XGS-PON, Kunstler noted. That's because, in part, tunable optics remain more expensive.
"In addition, the volumes for NG-PON2 will remain lower than the expected volumes for XGS-PON as we are not seeing interest in the NG-PON2 approach by China's operators," she added. "However, for some operators there are clear benefits to the NG-PON2 approach."
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
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.
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