AT&T to launch 10Gbps XGS-PON broadband field trial

Thursday 29 June 2017 | 13:11 CET | News

AT&T will conduct a 10Gbps XGS-PON field trial in late 2017. The company said it's moving forward with plans to virtualise access functions within the last mile network.

The PON trial will aim to give consumer and business customers multi-gigabit per second (Gbps) internet speeds. The goal is to support the merging of all services on a single network, including 5G wireless infrastructure.

XGS-PON helps networks handle the bandwidth from  technologies such as virtual and augmented reality and artificial intelligence. XGS-PON is a fixed wavelength symmetrical 10Gbps passive optic network technology. It also can coexist with the current GPON technology. It can provide 4X the existing downstream bandwidth. AT&T's vision is to put some of XGS-PON in the cloud with software. AT&T said it worked with ON.Lab to develop and test ONOS (Open Network Operating System) and VOLTHA (Virtual Optical Line Terminator Hardware Abstraction) software.

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