LG-Nortel launches WDM-PON Ecosystem for fiber to the home

JULY 24, 2009 -- Teldat, Genexis, and Comtrend have pledged interoperability of their CPE offerings by joining the WDM-PON Ecosystem initiative.

JULY 24, 2009 -- LG-Nortel (search Lightwave for LG Nortel), a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel (search Lightwave for Nortel), has launched the WDM-PON Ecosystem to aid in the deployment of fiber to the home (FTTH) networks using WDM-PON. Teldat, Genexis, and Comtrend have pledged interoperability of their CPE offerings by joining the WDM-PON Ecosystem initiative to promote fiber to the premise (FTTP) and related architectures.

WDM-PON technology enables delivery of high-speed, point-to-point Ethernet and other services to businesses and residential customers over broadband fiber access networks (see "Making the Case for WDM-PON"). Designing WDM-PON networks using ecosystem members will simplify interoperability testing and shorten rollout times so operators can deploy next-generation FTTH/FTTP/fiber to the business and fiber backbone infrastructure more cost-effectively and efficiently, LG-Nortel asserts.

"End users' insatiable appetite for bandwidth, driven by a growing range of network-intensive new applications, is pushing service providers to find new ways to deliver enough bandwidth," said Peter MacKinnon, chairman, LG-Nortel. "By partnering with leading technology providers to build a standards-based, interoperable WDM-PON Ecosystem, we will take the complexity out of FTTP rollouts -- and, in so doing, speed up the delivery of future-proof broadband that lets customers realize the benefits of a new generation of services."

In 2008, LG-Nortel acquired Novera Optics, a provider of WDM-PON technology (see "LG-Nortel Acquires Novera Optics"). The company says its WDM-PON Ecosystem initiative builds on this expertise to provide a complete framework for the deployment of next-generation FTTH/FTTP access networks, including core network and customer premises equipment.

LG-Nortel says it is looking for additional customers, vendors, and suppliers to join the WDM-PON Ecosystem.

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