Alcatel, Moto, Ericsson add to GPON landslide

Tue, 06/19/2007 - 8:20am
Brian Santo

Alcatel-Lucent announced improvements to both its fiber to the premise (FTTP) and fiber to the node (FTTN) gigabit passive optical network (GPON) product lines, Motorola announced the next generation of its optical access platform's support of GPON, and Ericsson announced an upgrade to its GPON system to be able to switch bandwidth up to 320 Gbps.

The announcements come on the heels of similar PON announcements from Hitachi Telecom, Scientific Atlanta,Wave7 Optics, and Zhone Technologies (story here).

Alcatel-Lucent's 7342 ISAM FTTP product is now on Release 4.4. New features include quad port line cards, which double system capacity, and a compact optical network terminal (ONT) for multiple dwelling units (MDUs).

The new GPON line card has four GPON ports, each of which can support up to 64 subscribers with 2.5 Gbps downstream and 1.25 Gbps upstream line rates. The compact GPON MDU ONT is capable of serving up to 12 living units with traditional phone line services and either VDSL or Ethernet.

Alcatel-Lucent is also now on Release 3.4 of its 7330 ISAM FTTN platform for the North American market. Among the major enhancements are a 48-port VDSL2 line card with bonding and a POTS line termination card.

Motorola's new support for GPON is based on a 200 gigabit advanced switching architecture with onboard high-capacity single, 10 gigabit WAN interfaces, and support of 10 gigabits to each application unit, which Motorola said results in full GPON line-rate throughput to the access network.

Additionally, Motorola is introducing an intelligent and fully featured line of small business, high-density multi-dwelling units and both indoor and outdoor single family home GPON optical network terminals (ONTs).

Ericsson meanwhile announced an upgrade to its EDA 1500, which can now switch bandwidth up to 320 Gbps for commercial and residential next-generation multimedia services. It also provides two 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and eight 1 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces on one card. 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 designed to enable carriers to deliver new services.

Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent were publicly identified as suppliers of GPON equipment to AT&T U-verse (story here).



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