Sunday, September 12, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent Expands its GPON Portfolio

Alcatel-Lucent has expanded its portfolio of GPON-based optical network terminals (ONTs) with five new models - supporting the delivery of 1 Gbps services. Alcatel-Lucent's latest ONT models include, amongst others, an HPNA ONT, a "mini" ONT and an MDU ONT.

  • The Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HPNA)-certified ONT supports the delivery of 1Gbps broadband through two gigabit Ethernet ports, and significantly speeds up fiber-to-the-home installation times because the existing home wiring (coax) can be re-used, rather than having to run new CAT5 Ethernet wires.

  • The ‘mini' ONT is slightly larger than a matchbox, and -- as such - one of the smallest ONTs in the marketplace.

  • The multi-dwelling unit (MDU) ONT is unique because it has 16 VDSL2 ports - making it the ideal solution for fiber deployments in existing MDUs, where re-using the existing in-building copper is often the quickest and most cost-effective approach to deliver very high bandwidths to end-users.

Alcatel-Lucent said the market is moving to 1 Gbps access services. The company now has customers on three continents offering 1 Gbps broadband access, including EPB in Chattanooga, Tenn. (U.S.), Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd and ZON Multimedia (Portugal).

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