Alcatel-Lucent launches broadband solutions
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent is launching a TWDM-PON (Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Passive Optical Networks) solution, in what it claims is an industry first.
The new fixed ultra-broadband technology is designed to allow operators to increase the capacity of existing fibre networks and address growing customer data demands.
Announced at the Broadband World Forum, Alcatel-Lucent has been collaborating with Vodafone for the co-development of TWDM-PON since 2010, and the companies have contributed successfully for standardisation to complete a successful trial.
“We have long been the technology leader in both copper and fibre fixed-access technologies and we are extending this further with this new development of PON,” said Federico Guillén, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s fixed networks business. “Vodafone has played a vital role in preparing TWDM-PON as an industry-agreed standard by looking at its own potential usage in different countries for both fixed and mobile operations.”
TWDM-PON technology is seen as the successor to the GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Networks) technologies, and uses four wavelengths per fibre, totalling capacity to 40Gbps.
Alcatel-Lucent has also announced the launch of a new broadband solution called G.fast, which is set to become available in Q1 2015.
The move is designed to extend company’s increasing portfolio of high-bandwidth fixed and wireless access technologies.
G.fast is designed to allow operators to place fibre access closer to subscribers, and provide faster internet as demand continues to grow.