PMC-Sierra to debut symmetric 10G EPON platforms

PMC-Sierra announced Monday the availability of the industry's first symmetric 10G EPON platforms, including optical line terminals and optical network units. The company will demonstrate the platforms at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference in San Diego next week.

Previously, 10G EPON has only been available for network tests in its asymmetric format, which offers 10Gbit/s downstream, but only 1Gbit upstream. The symmetric format raises the upstream capability to match the 10Gbit/s downstream capability, hence the name "symmetric 10G EPON."

Gilad Aloni, director of product marketing for the fiber to the home division, said the public demonstration of the symmetric capabilities clears the way for lab testing and finalization of the standard to begin. Aloni said he expects live deployments of symmetric 10G EPON sometime in 2010, after the standard is finalized this fall.

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