When deciding the best fiber architecture for their network, planners have to make the choice between point to point (P2P) or a passive optical network (PON).
Both have strengths and weaknesses, as we covered in a previous blog.
The majority of network operators have invested in GPON and GEPON architectures.
However, since they’ve been installed, predicted bandwidth needs have increased dramatically, meaning that they now need to change.
Consequently, much work has been done in creating a successor to GPON and GEPON, ensuring that PON architectures are able to underpin future, higher capacity networks.
After a false start along the way, the new NGPON2 standard, created by the FSAN group, looks set to achieve this.