Verizon Communications has successfully completed what it believes is the first interoperability trial of next generation passive optical network (NG-PON2) technology at its Verizon Labs location in Waltham, Massachusetts. The trial demonstrated that equipment from different vendors on either end of a single fibre (i.e. at the service provider’s and at the customer’s endpoints), can be used to deliver service without impacting the end user. Until now, equipment from the same vendor had to be used on both endpoints. The participating vendors were ADTRAN, Broadcom, Cortina Access and Ericsson (in partnership with Calix). When commercialised, the technology is expected to support symmetrical data speeds of up to 10Gbps per customer over a single fibre.
Dr. Denis Khotimsky, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff and Verizon’s lead engineer on this trial, commented: ‘Verizon has chosen NG-PON2, which is an ITU-T-developed international standard, for its next-generation network. This technology is the foundation for providing services that deliver multi-Gigabit speeds.’