The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Panel I: Next-Generation Access and Metro – Where is the Money?

Panel I: Next-Generation Access and Metro – Where is the Money?

Wednesday, 22 March
11:00 - 12:30

Julie Kunstler; Ovum RHK Inc, USA

Panel Description:

Next-gen EPON is shipping with deployments in North America, China and Japan. XGS-PON has been pushed through the standardization process at lightning speed with initial shipments underway. Next-gen PON has been touted to support the 1G bandwidth craze, MDUs and business services.

Will next-gen PON lead to better profitability for both service providers and vendors? Will next-gen PON become an access solution, meaning shipments in the millions?
Some of the questions addressed in this panel will include:

  1. Standards progress – both IEEE and ITU

  2. Ecosystem status – are the pieces ready – from components to software

  3. Applications for next-gen PON

  4. Challenges for next-gen PON

  5. What are the forecasts for next-gen PON components and equipment?

  6. Profitability in the ecosystem – who will make money and why?


Robert Howald; VP Network Architechture, Comcast, USA
Eddy Barker; Assistant VP - Member of Technical Staff, AT&T
Ken-Ichi Suzuki; Access Network Service Systems Lab, NTT, Japan 
Chengbin Shen; Shanghai Institute of China Telecom, China



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