Verizon’s O’Byrne: NG-PON2 enables multiservice support, 40 Gbps speeds

Verizon says that the advent of NG-PON2 will serve a key role for future broadband services because the technology allows providers to address consumer and business customers simultaneously.

Vincent O’Byrne, Director of Technology at Verizon, said in advance of the Broadband Forum’s Access Summit that NG-PON2 will allow for more efficient use of existing fiber and network access gear.

Vincent O'Byrne, Verizon director of access technology
Vincent O'Byrne

“Technologies such as NG-PON2 present exciting new opportunities for vendors, such as delivering residential and business services on multiple wavelengths over the same fiber,” O’Byrne in a release.

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O’Byrne added that NG-PON2 will also enable much faster speeds of 40 Gbps and higher, a key requirement for business customers that are consuming more cloud-based services.

“Not only does NG-PON2 parse business and residential customer traffic to isolate and resolve potential problems in the network, it can also scale to achieve speeds of 40 Gbps and above,” O’Byrne said.

The Verizon executive will address how the fiber access space is constantly evolving, with emerging PON technology providing solutions to some of the issues around cost and reliability during the Broadband World Forum, at the Messe Berlin on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

For its part, Verizon has been an active participant in driving awareness about how NG-PON2 can work in a real-world carrier environment.

In January, Verizon completed its first interoperability trial of NG-PON2 technology at its Verizon Labs location in Waltham, Massachusetts.

During the trial, Verizon demonstrated that equipment from different vendors on each end of a single fiber—one on the service provider’s endpoint and that the customer premises—can deliver service without any end-user impact.

Later, Verizon completed NG-PON2 interoperability with five vendors for its OpenOMCI (ONT Management and Control Interface) specification, bringing it one step closer toward achieving interoperable PON network systems.

The telco plans to offer OpenOMCI specifications, which define the optical line terminal (OLT)-to-optical network terminal (ONT) interface, to the larger telecom industry.