Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Verizon Selects Alcatel, Motorola and Tellabs for GPON

Verizon has selected Alcatel, Motorola and Tellabs as GPON suppliers for its FTTP network. Later this year, Verizon will begin deploying the Alcatel equipment first, to be followed by Motorola and Tellabs. This is subject to finalizing definitive agreements.

Both Motorola and Tellabs are currently supplying BPON equipment for Verizon's rollout in 16 states.

"G-PON is the next step in the evolution of the all-fiber-access network," said Paul Lacouture, Verizon's executive vice president for network and technology. "When we first launched the nation's only large-scale FTTP program in 2004, we said that one of the most important competitive and cost-effective features is that we could increase speed and capabilities by evolving to more advanced electronics and without having to change the fiber we had already deployed or are deploying. Today's announcement begins to fulfill that promise."

Verizon also confirmed that its FTTP project is on track to pass a total of 6 million premises by the end of this year. Verizon expects to continue to add about 3 million premises passed each year for the next several years.

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