New ITU standards to boost Fibre to the Home from 10G to 50G

Millions of homes and businesses access global networks through the cost-efficient Passive Optical Network (PON) technologies standardized by ITU. The next generation, known as “Higher Speed PON”, will provide for speeds of 50 Gbit/s per wavelength, up from the 10 Gbit/s of its predecessors.

ITU News spoke with Frank Effenberger, Fellow at Futurewei Technologies and Rapporteur for ITU’s working group on optical systems for fibre access networks (Q2/15), to learn more evolution of the PON market and the motivations for ITU standards’ jump from 10G to 50G.

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