Supercomm, June 6-9, Chicago, USA
will see ITU-T members, and guests stage an interoperability
showcase for fibre to the premises (FTTP) related standards.
On show will be passive
optical network (PON) equipment built according to the ITU-T G.984
and G.983 series of Recommendations. PON technology is used in the local
loop to connect residential and SME end users premises in an all-fibre network.
With PONs, signals are
carried by lasers and sent to their destination without the need for active
electronics. Carriers can realize significant savings with fiber sharing in the
distribution network, equipment sharing in the Central Office and by
eliminating the dependence on expensive active network elements.
ITU-T Recommendations in
the G.984 series detail gigabit PONs (G-PON), the latest generation of PON
technology. Increasing capacity to gigabit levels should more than satisfy
foreseeable customer demands, offering video applications, high-speed Internet
access, multimedia and other high-bandwidth capabilities. G-PON maintains the
same optical distribution network, wavelength plan and full-service network
design principles of broadband PONs (B-PON) defined in ITU-T Rec G.983. As well
as allowing for increased network capacity, the new standard offers more
efficient IP and Ethernet handling.
17 vendors will show B-PON
interoperability, products for G-PON, optical distribution network, testing and
performance and video service equipment and set-top boxes.