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Calix, Verizon Team on ‘Large-Scale’ NG-PON2 Deployment

Pushing ahead on next-gen FTTP technology, Calix said it Verizon has tapped its AXOS platform to start a “large-scale” deployment of NG-PON2 in the first quarter of 2018.

The initial rollout, based on Calix’s AXOS E9-2 Intelligent Edge System, includes the AXOS RPm (Routing Protocol module for Layer 3) and the AXOS SMm (Subscriber Management module for disaggregated Broadband Network Gateway).

In 2016, Verizon selected equipment from Ericsson (in partnership with Calix) and Adtran for NG-PON2 technology testing from the telco’s Innovation Lab in Waltham, Mass. That followed earlier tests by Verizon, which determined then that NG-PON2 cold “easily provide” symmetrical speeds of 10 Gbps to businesses and residential customers.

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“Several years ago, we determined that we were going to need a better network to meet our growing customers’ demands for bandwidth and higher throughput,” Vincent O’Byrne, director of technology planning at Verizon, said in a statement. “We saw that the single wavelength systems (e.g., 10G EPON and XGS-PON) were only possible interim solutions and that we needed a longer term solution. NG-PON2 is a platform that will meet the customers’ envisioned needs for the next decade or more given its many evolution paths as well as bringing many operational benefits to simplify the network. It represents a paradigm shift in the design of access networks.”