Monday, June 18, 2007

Ericsson Boosts Capacity of its GPON Platform

Ericsson announced an upgrade to its EDA 1500 GPON access platform. The upgraded version of EDA 1500 can now switch bandwidth up to 320 Gbps for commercial and residential next-generation multimedia services.

Key features of include an interface card with two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and another interface card with eight 1 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. New software also provides 1:64 split ratio on the fiber and Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation (DBA) along with a suite of IP features including Quality of Service (QoS), security and other upgrades.

Ericsson's GPON solution is already in service in North America and internationally.

  • Earlier this month, AT&T announced its selection of Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to provide equipment for the planned deployment of GPON in "new build," or greenfield areas, as part of its overall U-verse network strategy.

  • Earlier this year, Ericsson acquired Entrisphere, a start-up specializing in GPON fiber access technology, for an undisclosed sum. The core of the Entrisphere GPON solution includes Optical Line Terminals (OLTs), Optical Network Terminals (ONTs), Optical Network Units (ONUs) and management systems. The solution also includes software upgrades that expand existing IP service-aware features such as IGMP multicasting, VLAN stacking and tagging, and security upgrades.