Ciena which PON is the right PON for you

Ciena’s Wayne Hickey explains the transformation of PON and fills in the blanks to help guide you to which PON is the right PON for you.

Which Passive Optical Network (PON) is the right PON for you? While APON/BPON are clearly forgotten, EPON and GPON are still being deployed, and symmetrical XGS-PON has been favored in most of the world over their asymmetrical 10G/2.5G cousin. 25GS PON’s ecosystem is developing nicely as an incremental evolution from commercial 10G technologies, 50G High Speed PON and 100G PON or CPON commercialization’s are further out. Depending on your business case and time to market, there are several PON options now and in future for consideration.

In recent blogs, we’ve talked about how XGS-PON has transformed fiber access and is rapidly becoming the technology of choice over EPON/GPON for the residential broadband market. Its 10Gb/s speeds are also enabling Small-to-Medium Business/Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMB/SME), but it falls far short of the 10Gb/s entry level needed for larger enterprise and mobile markets. All of this will soon change as PON’s newest and rapidly growing ecosystem, 25GS-PON matures.

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