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MSO PONs now or later?

April 3, 2009

Posted by Stephen Hardy

The NCTA Cable Show in Washington, DC, this week inspired a few announcements targeting the use of FTTH technology by MSOs, based either on RFoG, PON (here and here), or both.

But while many have speculated that RFoG is merely a waypoint on the path to PONs, John Dalquist, vice president of marketing at Aurora Networks, says MSOs aren't exactly stampeding toward the use of PON for residential applications. Most of his customers that are thinking about serving homes with fiber are going the RFoG route, he says. PON, for the most part, is being reserved right now for the delivery of commercial services to businesses.

The exception is in Europe, where there's interest in what Dalquist called a "blast and split" approach that looks a lot like Verizon's combination of RF broadcast and IP services via PON.

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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave, which makes him responsible for the editorial aspects of the Lightwave franchise. A technology journalist since 1982, he once had his job duties described as "gets paid to tick off advertisers ".

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