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MAY-JUN 2019

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TECHNOLOGY 7 4 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 9 Decoding the 10G Opportunity Service providers set the pace for 10G broadband and beyond. By Sean Buckley / Broadband Communities G PON and DOCSIS 3.1 are the go-to gigabit broadband technologies for residential and business services today. But it's clear that telco and cable operators see 10 Gbps and its variants as the next speed target for consumers and businesses. €e 10G race will be driven by diverse players. Already, Fibrant o†ers 10G in Salisbury, North Carolina, and Chattanooga's EPB customers can purchase a premium-priced 10G service. More recently, Lumos Networks launched four FTTP pro‹les – 2, 4, 8 and 10 Gbps – to rural Virginia customers. It anticipates increasing speed pro‹les based on ADTRAN's software- de‹ned access (SD-Access) architecture. "€e 10G network is an evolution into what we see as a demand for more and more speed pro‹les and broadband capability," says Diego Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of Lumos Networks. "And the great thing about this product is, it's symmetrical." WHO NEEDS 10G? €e initial use of 10G will be for business and wholesale services. Initially, most service providers will o†er residential customers 2–5šGbps pro‹les. €is is largely because most consumer electronic devices don't support connections higher than 1 Gbps today. However, service providers will o†er 10G to consumers who desire such speeds for a higher premium price. Broadband Trends said in a study that "deployment of 10G PON for residential applications is not expected until 2020 for the majority of operators." AT&T has hinted that its 10G drive will focus on small-business services and wireless backhaul. "What we tried to develop was something that can be used for consumers – not that consumers would need more than a gigabit – but with that same PON you have the capacity to [serve] small business," says Eddy Barker, assistant vice president of access architecture and design for AT&T. "You could also use it for mobile backhaul capabilities." Although businesses will be the likely target for 10G FTTP, Frog is preparing a residential 10G product at the Walsh Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas. €e XGS-PON network will support 2šGbps with an automatic upgrade path to 10G. "I get people who ask, 'Ten gigs? Isn't that excessive?'" said Michael Voll, CEO of Frog, during the Great Communities session at the 2019 B ROADBAND COMMUNITIES Summit. "€ere's a kid somewhere who is going to blow away the creativity and the innovation of Steve Jobs, who will change lives, and I don't want to be living in a community where I don't have 10G." NEXT-GEN PON RISING UP Service providers deploying 10G FTTP have new methods that build on the existing PON family of network standards. By 2024, analyst ‹rm Ovum forecasts, next-gen PON will represent 72 percent of total PON equipment revenues. Ovum predicts sales of next-gen GPON optical network terminals (ONTs/ONUs) will grow at a CAGR (2019–2024) of 190 percent and sales of legacy GPON ONTs/ONUs will decline at a CAGR (2019–2024) of 11 percent.

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