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Ovum has a team of senior analysts attending this year’s Broadband World Forum (BBWF 2016), on October 18–20, VR & AR World on October 19–20, and Apps World on October 19–20, all at ExCeL, London. We are chairing and moderating a number of sessions across the three days and will be discussing the latest industry trends, market challenges, and opportunities.

NG-PON2 adoption is on target for deployments in 2017

Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, Components

Ovum led the NG-PON2 panel at BBWF 2016, joined by operators from the US and Europe, including Verizon, AT&T, Vodafone, and Ucom Armenia. It was clear from the discussions that NG-PON2 is gaining momentum as the future-proof PON access solution, given the growth in bandwidth-intensive applications among residential and business subscribers.

NG-PON2 offers flexible bandwidth and fast payback with its ability to support high-end residential MDUs, enterprises, and mobile backhaul. NG-PON2, with its multiple wavelength architecture, can easily meet the equivalent of regulation-mandated local loop unbundling (LLU) in FTTx networks by assigning individual wavelengths to different service providers.

In addition, NG-PON2 also enables pay-as-you-grow flexibility because wavelengths can be added one by one as needed. Numerous operators have tested NG-PON2 and Verizon is likely to begin deployments in 2017. The monetization of NG-PON2 will continue to increase as prices for tunable optics decline due to development efforts and volume manufacturing.

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