Following up on last month’s qualification of DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) devices by CableLabs, Broadcom announced this morning that its chipsets were ready to go to market.

Broadcom said its end-to-end EPON ONU and OLT chipsets and DML software were ready to be deployed in DPoE 1.0 environments.

CableLabs' DPoE specifications provide cable operators with a means of delivering business connectivity services, such as those defined by the Metro Ethernet Forum over fiber networks. DPoE compliant devices fully support the DOCSIS provisioning process, enabling services to be managed just like those delivered over cable modem networks.

CableLabs previously said more than 20 vendors were involved in the development and interoperability testing of the DPoE specs

"The DPoE specifications represent a significant achievement on the part of CableLabs, cable MSOs and industry OEMs to create an open standard that achieves full vendor and equipment interoperability. This will further the growth of the cable industry by meeting the bandwidth needs of business users," said Greg Fischer, Broadcom vice president and general manager for broadband carrier access. "As an early supporter of the technology, Broadcom has devoted significant resources to both the standardization process and our product portfolio to make DPoE technology available today."

Broadcom's EPON ONU and OLT chipsets work with its DML software, allowing cable operators to migrate their networks from 1Gbps to 10Gbps rates while preserving DOCSIS back-office operations.

Broadcom said all of its EPON, ONU and OLT systems-on-a-chip (SoC) and DML software supporting CableLabs DPoE 1.0 Qualification in CableLabs' certification waves 97 and 98 were currently available.

"Broadcom worked closely with cable MSOs and OEMs to contribute to the DPoE standard," said Ralph Brown, CableLabs' chief technology officer. "The company's work on interoperability (IOP) testing, reviews and completion of interim specifications and ATPs was instrumental to moving the DPoE specifications forward to enable multi-vendor interoperability of devices based on EPON technology."