Telefonica tests XGS-PON; capable of supporting 5G backhaul

2 Dec 2016

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has successfully tested Nokia’s XGS-PON fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in its labs, delivering symmetrical broadband speeds of up to 10Gbps. According to the vendor the platform will provide a simple upgrade path from the current GPON fibre technology deployed by the telco. The XGS-PON lab trial achieved four times more upstream bandwidth than XG-PON1 technology, meaning that it is especially suited for 5G, where it can be used for mobile backhaul as well as the aggregation of remote access node traffic.

Francisco Javier Fabian, Fixed Access and Real State Director at Telefonica, commented: ‘New services, competition and future symmetrical ultra-broadband access require enhanced fixed access technology. We are sure that XGS-PON is the correct choice to fulfil demands for Gigabit bandwidth and will support the higher symmetric bandwidth required to support 5G backhaul in the future.’

Spain, Nokia, Telefonica, Telefonica Espana (Movistar)