Verizon makes GPON selection official

Verizon this week named the vendors for its Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) deployment.

Alcatel, Motorola and Tellabs will supply the fiber optic equipment to provide a fourfold increase in the downstream speed of Verizon's FiOS service network. Subject to finalizing definitive agreements, Verizon later this year will deploy the Alcatel equipment first, to be followed by equipment from Motorola and Tellabs.

Motorola and Tellabs currently supply the carrier with Broadband PON equipment to serve 1,200 communities in Verizon's 16-state FiOS network. FiOS offers downstream speeds ranging from up to 5Mbps to 50Mbps, as well as upstream speeds ranging from up to 2Mbps to 5Mbps.

Verizon currently plans to stay with three vendors for GPON, a company spokesman says.

In addition to increasing broadband speeds by up to four times downstream to the customer’s home, the new GPON equipment will increase upstream speeds back to the Internet by up to eight times, Verizon says, and enable the carrier to reduce costs of the electronics portion of the fiber-to-the-premises platform by about 25%.

Verizon said it is "on track" to pass a total of 6 million premises with fiber by the end of this year. It expects to continue to add about 3 million premises passed each year for the next several years.

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