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Verizon selects vendors to start testing NG-PON2

Wednesday 20 July 2016 | 17:24 CET | News
Verizon has selected vendors to start testing NG-PON2 (next-generation passive optical network) equipment in its Innovation Lab in Massachusetts. Starting this month, Verizon will begin initial testing with equipment from Ericsson, in partnership with Calix, and from Adtran. 

Testing will focus on several features of NG-PON2, including tuning performance, ability to carry residential and business services on the same platform, and interoperability and conformance testing to meet Verizon ONT specifications. Verizon is assessing the technology to provide increased speeds and functionality to customers on its Fios network. NG-PON2 technology supports up to 40G of total capacity and up to 10G speeds per customer, both upstream and downstream, over a single fibre. Using NG-PON2 technology, the company plans to initially deploy a number of business services in 2017, followed by residential services as the technology matures and the market demands.

Last year the ITU-T approved NG-PON2 specifications, paving the way to establish NG-PON2 as the next step in PON technology. Verizon first tested the technology in a field test in 2015



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