Sunday, September 6, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent Shows 10G GPON-based LTE Backhaul

At this week's Broadband World Forum Europe show in Paris, Alcatel-Lucent is demonstrating a high-capacity 10G GPON backhaul solution for LTE. The company said that even though the 10G GPON standards are still being ratified, it is ready to meet the request for higher capacities in its customers' access networks.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it is engaged in over 95 FTTH projects around the world, over 80 of which are with GPON.

"Introducing our 10G GPON technology, we want to show that Alcatel-Lucent continues to be a pioneer in broadband, uniquely positioned to be the partner of choice along our customers' transformation process," says Philippe Keryer, President of Alcatel-Lucent's carrier activities. "At the same time, we want to put a particular focus on 10G GPON's co-existence with its 2.5G predecessor. After all, approximately 60%-70% of a PON investment relates to the service provider's outside plant - so it is extremely important that the evolution to 10G GPON does not jeopardize today's investments. Deploying GPON today clearly continues to be a safe bet, a smooth migration path having been secured."

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that it will be opening its GPON platform to third-party optical network terminals. This will allow service providers to benefit from a more competitive supply of third-party optical network terminals (ONTs). For ONT vendors, this will mean new business opportunities.