Lower FTTH costs next in line

The world of fast fibre to the home has taken a significant step to lowering costs through interoperability when the first seven G-PON product certification announcements were made in Geneva at ITU Telecom World 2011.

The Broadband Forum G-PON (Gigabit-capable Passive fibre-Optic Network) certification programme verifies conformance of G-PON ONU (optical network units) to the ITU-T G-PON specifications which will allow providers greater flexibility and efficiency in expanding their high speed fibre broadband services through greater interoperability. For vendors, it means having only to test once and use the certification globally rather than with each RFP.

Increased interoperability ultimately means lower costs and will open the door for more affordable high-speed fibre services in developing countries.

The first seven vendors whose products have achieved G-PON certification are Alcatel-Lucent, Broadlight, Cambridge Industries Group, Huawei, PMC-Sierra, PT Inovacao and Tecom.

The significance of the certification was made clear when China Telecom’s Wei Leiping spoke of the scale and growth of China. G-PON certification will, he says, enable China Telecom to accelerate the widespread availability of faster broadband in a market of 250 million subscribers by 2015, and that is with just 50% household penetration.

G-PON ONU certification is based on the Broadband Forum’s OD-247 test plan. It tests conformance to TR-156 using OMCI as defined in the ITU G.988 which are the most critical standards to interoperable implementations.