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Is 25 G or 50 G the Next Step for Passive Optical Networks?

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Report Summary:

The next generation high-speed Passive Optical Network (PON) standards are emerging. This report analyses the controversy surrounding a 25 GPON as a steppingstone to 50 GPON and recommends a framework for operators and vendors to decide how to proceed as they upgrade their optical access infrastructure for 5G Fronthaul, Midhaul and Business services.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Overview.. 3

2. Background. 4

3. Standards Committee Politics. 4

3.1 The case for 25 GPON.. 7

3.2 The case for skipping 25 GPON.. 8

4. Technology and Relative Costs. 8

5. Use Cases for 25 GPON.. 11

5.1 True 10 Gbps for Enterprise. 11

5.2 Converged Fixed Access and Open RAN Transport. 12

6. Conclusions and Implications for Operators and Vendors. 13

7. Analyst Contacts. 15

7.1 Other Contacts: 15



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