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Summary

Corning is taking the high road in the debate between 5G and FTTP, enabling the physical fiber-access network to support wireless and wireline network architectures across single-fiber and multifiber connection points. Corning's June 12, 2017 press release on its multiuse platform highlights the importance of physical layer advancements, which lower costs and improve network deployments.

Streamlined fiber connectivity is behind wireless and wireline

Corning is benefiting from the fiber boom arising from the growth in data centers, FTTP rollouts, and wireless networking. Corning's carrier networks team understands that most CSPs are players in these multiple areas, either directly or as network wholesalers. Consequently, CSPs need physical layer solutions that support the multiuse world of fiber connectivity.

Corning's recent launch of its multiuse platform matches the movement toward a unified fiber-access network for different types of subscribers and applications, along with support for mobile fronthaul and backhaul traffic. The platform supports a combination of multifiber and single-fiber connection points. Corning's plug-and-play approach reduces field-based splicing, which improves quality and reduces labor costs. In addition, the platform is smaller, fitting the distributed architecture approach that many CSPs are following for pushing fiber termination deeper into the network.

Mobile transport will be a major issue for 5G networks. Fiber-based solutions meet burgeoning bandwidth growth, and next-gen PON is a perfect fit for 5G cell densification architecture. At BBWF Europe last October, Verizon discussed its internal motivation for NG-PON2, including cell-site densification.

In April of this year, Corning announced that Verizon would be purchasing more than $1bn in fiber-optic cable and associated hardware to support its nationwide wireless broadband network. Verizon is expanding its fiber-access network to support residential and business services along with mobile backhaul for its 4G network and upcoming 5G network. While we do not have confirmation, Corning's new multiuse platform would fit nicely into Verizon's vision for a unified fiber-based access network architecture.

Appendix

Further reading

Wireline Broadband Equipment Market Overview, TE0006-001381 (June 2017)

"Verizon's open network approach will accelerate NG-PON2 deployments," TE0006-001335 (January 2017)

NG-PON2: The Future Is Here Today, TE0006-001331 (January 2017)

Author

Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, Next-Gen Infrastructure

julie.kunstler@ovum.com

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