Spanish service provider Telefónica has chosen Huawei to supply 10-Gbps capable XG-PON equipment to support provision of symmetrical 1-Gbps fiber to the home home (FTTH) services. The operator expects to use the new equipment to launch the 1-Gbps services next year.
The new deployment is one of the few publicly announced examples of XG-PON use. While 1-Gbps FTTH services provision has become increasingly popular, the overwhelming majority of carriers are using the current generation of PON technology, most often GPON.
The selection of Huawei to supply the XG-PON technology came after the two companies successfully tested the systems on Telefónica’s network.<
The increase in transmission rates opens the door for a variety of new services and video viewing experiences. For example, Huawei suggests that Telefónica will enable customers to select the camera angle from which they prefer to view a football match. Support of next-generation transmission technologies, such as 4K video, should be possible as well.