GPON sales pass EPON for the first time, hitting record level: report

Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) deployments in China led to a 40 percent surge sequentially in sales of GPON equipment--both optical line terminals and optical networking terminals--in the first quarter of 2010, reports Dell'Oro Group. The market saw a record 70 percent increase in revenues over the same period last year, surpassing sales of Ethernet passive optical networks (EPON) for the first time.

The massive growth is largely due to China Unicom and China Telecom both deploying GPON equipment in that bandwidth-hungry nation. Those purchases put Huawei, the primary supplier to China's telecom market, at the top of the vendor list for the quarter in terms of revenue.

Alcatel Lucent was a close second, the report says.  Motorola followed third, and Ericsson--fast carving a space in the Asia Pacific region with GPON shipments--ranked fourth.

"China Mobile, which was recently granted permission to deploy broadband and for which GPON is its preferred technology, also contributed to first quarter GPON growth," says Tam Dell'Oro, President of Dell'Oro Group. "Other sizeable GPON shipments in the first quarter included those to Korea, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, the UAE and the U.S."

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