It's easy to be excited by the development in next generation communications happening all around us. There's certainly no shortage of these developments, and these are often sufficiently powerful to represent a major change in the world as we know it. A recently concluded test between Nokia (News - Alert) and nbn Australia demonstrates some of the power potentially ahead with a new fiber solution successfully started.
More specifically, the duo tested the NG-PON fiber solution at a Nokia lab facility in Melbourne, which generated broadband speeds of 102 Gbps on one fiber. This proved readily how well dynamic bandwidth provisioning could generate the kind of bandwidth needed to produce next generation communications effects and supply the necessary bandwidth to meet a rapidly-growing demand.
NG-PON fiber takes TWDM-PON, or NG-PON2, and couples it with both XGS-PON and GPON technology on one fiber, which is a substantial upgrade from previous methods that drew only on more standard fiber technologies. Better yet, both XGS-PON and TWDM-PON can be added to current fiber networks fairly readily, meaning that there's not a lot of investment that has to go into such a process. That shortens the payback period and improves the customer experience at the same time.
Chief technology officer of nbn Australia Dennis Steiger commented, “Our successful trial of NG-PON2 technology with Nokia is another example of our ongoing commitment to continually develop the capabilities and speed of the nbn network. While we continue to deploy the nbn network at pace with over two million end-users now receiving nbn services and nearly five million able to order a service, we also have a very sharp focus on the future. The NG-PON2 trials we have conducted with Nokia have shown us the huge potential this very exciting technology has in terms of helping us deliver on our future bandwidth and capacity requirements.”
We know full well that the future runs on bandwidth, and based on developments we've seen so far, we're going to need as much of it as we can crank out. Customers aren't taking the tales of pleading poverty very well these days, and with the next Google (News - Alert) Fiber potentially a couple years out in the form of 5G, terrestrial fiber providers need to get ready. Measures like those seen at nbn Australia, meanwhile, should be getting that continent ready to go into a more connected future.
Bandwidth (News - Alert) is the key to next generation communications, and the more we see trying to get bandwidth set up, the better off we'll all be as we're better able to enjoy these new technologies.
Edited by Alicia Young