US telecoms giant Verizon Communications has confirmed that it has enlisted Ericsson, working in partnership with Calix, and ADTRAN to supply equipment as it prepares to test next generation passive optical network (NG-PON2) technology at its Innovation Lab in Waltham, Massachusetts. Starting this month, Verizon will begin initial testing, focusing on several key features of NG-PON2, including: tuning performance; the ability to carry residential and business services on the same platform; and interoperability and conformance testing to meet Verizon optical network terminal (ONT) specifications.
Verizon is assessing the platform’s ability to provide increased speeds and functionality to customers on its ‘Fios’ fibre-optic network. According to the telco, NG-PON2 technology supports total capacity of up to 40G, and transmission speeds of up to 10G per customer, both upstream and downstream, over a single fibre. Using NG-PON2 technology, the company plans to initially deploy a number of business services in 2017, followed by residential services as the technology matures and the market demands.
Last year the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) approved NG-PON2 specifications, paving the way to establish NG-PON2 as the next step in PON technology; previously, in August 2015 Verizon successfully completed field testing of the next gen technology.