JUNE 30, 2009 -- Teknovus (search Lightwave for Teknovus), a provider of Gigabit Ethernet PON (GEPON) chipsets, and ZyXEL (search Lightwave for ZyXEL), a supplier of broadband access products, have announced that Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has selected their 10G EPON platform for testing by CHT's lab. CHT began FTTX deployments in 2007 based on Teknovus's EPON chips and is reportedly the first carrier worldwide to complete a formal evaluation and selection process for the next generation in PON -- 10G EPON.
CHT currently supports more than 1.1 million FTTX subscribers, representing 28% of broadband subscribers. The carrier has plans to reach 3.5 million FTTX subscribers by 2011. CHT continues to add subscribers to its IPTV service "Multimedia-on-Demand," counting almost 700,000 subscribers at the end of April 2009.
Teknovus was selected along with equipment vendor ZyXEL Communications. ZyXEL provides FTTX communications equipment around the globe, including sales to CHT and other carriers in southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. ZyXEL will provide 10G EPON systems along with GEPON systems, to demonstrate the ease of bandwidth upgrades on a Teknovus-based EPON FTTX network.
"CHT is a leader in deploying next-generation FTTX networks, enabling advanced triple-play residential services," says Ping Chin Lee, vice president of ZyXEL COE Product Business Unit. "With ZyXEL/Teknovus 1G/2G/10G EPON systems, CHT can preserve its existing FTTX infrastructure while enhancing its residential service models, expanding support for business services, and providing valuable 3G/4G cellular backhaul transport over a homogeneous network."
CHT began evaluation of next-generation FTTX options in early 2009. Key selection criteria included 1G/2.5G/10G coexistence, advanced traffic management, guaranteed end-to-end quality of service for all subscriber types (single-family units, MDUs, small businesses, large enterprises), and low power consumption. Teknovus's and ZyXEL's 10G EPON offering met all of the requirements and will be delivered in July 2009.
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