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.
After collecting 42 million speed tests for 12 months, Cable.co.uk analyzed the data to determine the fastest broadband in the United States, finding tiny Rhode Island led the way, followed by Washington and Massachusetts.
Google Fiber executives such as Cedric Lam will share insight into PON and smart cities during Broadband World Forum, providing a peek into the currently publicity-shy webscale communications disruptor.
Webscale companies' $2.5 billion investment in communications technologies last year pales in comparison to established industry providers' $400 billion expenditures, and signals it's time for partnership, not oneupmanship.
5G promises connectivity 10 to 100 times faster than 4G networks, with latencies less than 1msec, making real-time applications such as tactile Internet useable over mobile networks for the first time. However, mobile operators will need to deploy ten times as many radio sites, each with highly reliable plug-and-go multi-gigabit connections, to achieve that level of performance.
In this UBB2020 webinar, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown and ADTRAN's Ryan McCowan will:
Discuss 5G densification strategies and their network impact
Outline the different requirements for backhaul and fronthaul needed to support 5G densification strategies
Explore next-generation PON-fixed access technologies and software defined networking principles as emerging solutions to accelerate 5G densification
Outline how NG-PON2, the next-generation multi-gigabit fiber technology, supports the x-haul (fronthaul, backhaul and crosshaul applications) requirements of 5G
NG-PON2 broadband access technology is already in trials with multiple major network operators but is it too early for the commercial deployment of this next generation ultra-broadband technology? In this UBB2020 live radio show, ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub provides an update on NG-PON2 developments and chats to Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre about how this technology could play a role in production access networks in 2017.