Alcatel Lucent has launched a new optical fiber access offering for cable multiple-system operators (MSOs). The Ethernet Passive Optical Networking or EPON can be integrated into existing cable access networks to deliver greater capacity to more businesses at a lower cost, the company said in a release.
It added that North American businesses are estimated to spend over US$140 billion per year in total on communications services, yet MSOs are currently only capturing a small percentage of this market: “With an increasing reliance on cloud-based services and applications like video conferencing, one of the fastest growing opportunities is high-bandwidth connectivity.
“Revenue from fixed broadband services providing connections between 100 megabits-per-second (100Mbps) and 1 gigabit-per-second (1G) is predicted to more than double between 2013 and 2017.”
According to Alcatel-Lucent, EPON delivers more bandwidth (up to 1G or 10G upload and download speeds) than today's DOCSIS networks and supports three to four times the number of customers per fiber as existing point-to-point coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) solutions.