Alcatel-Lucent says it has begun testing symmetrical 10 Gbps broadband connections with Portugal Telecom and V...
October 27, 2010
Alcatel-Lucent says it has begun testing symmetrical 10 Gbps broadband connections with Portugal Telecom and Verizon, delivered over gigabit passive optical networks.
Portugal Telecom is reported to have already tested broadband at these speeds, while Verizon reports that it has successfully completed field trials using a fiber-optic transmission technology known as XG-PON2, which is capable of delivering 10 Gbps both upstream and downstream.
The fact that these speeds are available upstream as well as downstream is expected to become increasingly important with the emergence of services such as cloud computing, remote storage, “Software as a Service” applications, and even backhaul of mobile traffic including LTE, the company says.
Verizon’s field trials were conducted at a customer’s business in Taunton, Mass. using the same optical fiber as used for the customer’s existing FiOS network connection and services, and employed XG-PON2 technology.
The upstream speeds achieved are estimated to be eight times faster than those provided by the standard GPON technology.
“As more businesses adopt FiOS, we are expecting new applications to drive our customers’ upstream bandwidth usage on the wireline network,” said Vincent O’Byrne, director of technology at Verizon.
“While the bandwidth demand today is highly asymmetric, applications such as telemedicine, remote file storage and backups, video hosting, remote computing and other cloud-based services, to name a few, will drive up the upstream bandwidth demand over our network.”