Today’s service providers face escalating demands ranging from greater speed to lower latency to increased bandwidth. Responding means navigating a fragmented broadband-access network environment and pursuing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) strategies. The right solutions will be scalable and cost-eﬀective as we seek to enable a next-generation network that future-proofs for tomorrow while establishing a clear path from gigabit passive optical networks (GPONs) to 10G versions (e.g., 10G Ethernet PON, XG-PON1, and XGS-PON).
In the face of these opportunities, operators are increasingly considering technologies that can support multiple wavelengths (e.g., NG-PON2), empowering them to consolidate backhaul networks for consumer, business, and mobile services. At the same time, multifunctional PON technologies are being brought to small-scale deployments, enabling incremental deployment of next-generation PON service on top of existing fiber networks.