FEBRUARY 25, 2010 -- Alcatel-Lucent announced at FTTH Council Europe in Lisbon, Portugal that it has enhanced its portfolio of gigabit passive optical network (GPON)-based optical network terminals (ONTs).
The addition of eight new models enables the company to respond to service providers’ specific ONT requests in record time and fully support their aggressive time-to-market objectives when deploying fiber-based networks.
ONTs are located at end-users’ premises and convert optical signals back into electrical voice, video, or data. Their smooth deployment and installation is crucial to a quick adoption of fiber-based services offerings, and should not be hampered by the need for service providers’ specific, one-off feature requests.
Alcatel-Lucent’s expanded ONT portfolio presents service providers with more options when extending fiber to multiple dwelling units (MDUs) and single family homes, company officials say. For instance, as part of this announcement Alcatel-Lucent now also offers indoor models with integrated residential gateway and Wi-Fi features.
“Alcatel-Lucent continues to innovate in the GPON space, encouraging the adoption of fiber-to-the-home by breaking down interoperability barriers and deployment challenges,” says Dave Geary, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s wireline networks activities. “A couple of months ago, we announced a first important initiative to realize this vision, by sharing our OMCI specifications with other vendors. In the meantime, Alcatel-Lucent has been furthering this effort by incorporating in its products the OMCI implementer’s guide version-2, a standards-based OMCI for GPON networks. Today’s expansion of our GPON ONT portfolio is another concrete proof point of our commitment to fiber.
“We just passed the milestone of having shipped our one millionth ONT and look forward to continuing to partner with service providers around the world, helping them achieve their vision of building true fiber nations,” he adds.