ADTRAN cites Combo PON uptake among fiber broadband providers

July 23, 2021
The company introduced Combo PON platform in June 2020. Subsequently, a variety of fiber broadband network operators (including altnets, RDOF recipients, multinational Tier 1s and cable operators) have deployed the technology.

ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) recently annouced that that more than 100 operators globally have deployed the company’s Combo PON technology.

Combo PON, deployed on the company’s flagship TA5000 and SDX 6000 series of disaggregated optical line terminals (OLTs), and remote OLTs, enables the support of GPON and XGS-PON on the same optical distribution network (ODN), which enables a smooth, economical migration from one to the other.

The company introduced the Combo PON platform in June 2020. Subsequently, a variety of fiber broadband network operators—including altnets, RDOF recipients, multinational Tier 1s, and cable operators—have deployed the technology, according to ADTRAN.

The ability to support both 2.5-Gbps GPON and 10-Gbps XGS-PON on the same distribution network enables such network operators to save 50% in capex, 66% in power, and 75% in space compared to running separate ODNs and OLTs, ADTRAN asserts.

“ADTRAN introduced Combo PON to close the debate on whether to deploy GPON or XGS-PON FTTH technology by providing a simplified and cost-effective network strategy just as carriers of all sizes, in all markets were focused on building new fiber networks,” said Robert Conger, senior vice president, technology and strategy at ADTRAN.

Conger added, “The proof of how relevant and impactful ADTRAN’s Combo PON has been in addressing this market demand is the unprecedented customer momentum we are witnessing.”

Another proof point may be the fact that other broadband technology providers have launched their own versions.

“For many different types of service providers, from electric coops to rural ISPs, the value of scalable gigabit services and game-changing multigigabit services cannot be overstated,” observed Julie Kunstler, senior principal analyst at Omdia.

She concluded, “The Combo PON technology provides a seamless network and capacity upgrade path as well as opportunities to expand addressable markets and revenue streams. Combo PON solutions provide service providers with flexibility regarding the use of next-gen PON for specific customers and applications; thereby increasing ROI over the same ODN.”

About the Author

Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director & Associate Publisher

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, DOCSIS technology, and more.

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