Beyond next-generation PON
Next-generation PON has arrived and deployments are in full swing. XGS-PON won the battle of the formats to become the next generation PON technology of choice for Tier 1 operators, smaller competitive service providers, municipalities and utilities around the world. And Nokia is the world’s leading supplier of XGS-PON technology, holding the #1 market position.
However, with demand for bandwidth showing no signs of abating, the industry has already started to look at what comes next. 25G PON has a strong advantage over other technology options because it hits the sweet spot between cost-efficiency and near-term market needs.
- Cost-efficiency. 25G PON leverages the mature ecosystem and high volumes of data center optical technologies, so it will be cost-effective. In addition, its simplicity – it doesn’t require tunable lasers – and ability to co-exist with other PON technologies make it easier for operators to adopt.
- Use cases. There are some very near-term use cases that will soon need in excess of 10 Gb/s capacity, notably massive high-speed residential and business services, pre-aggregation and mobile anyhaul.
In January 2019 Nokia brought the industry’s 1st demo of 5G midhaul over 25G PON and started demos with leading service providers.