Huawei has launched its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution in South Africa – announcing the milestone on 5 March 2015.
“A passive optical network (PON) is a system that brings optical fibre cabling and signals all or most of the way to the end user,” Huawei said.
It added that GPON is the type of PON most widely deployed in modern fibre-to-the-home networks, and is considered suitable for consumer broadband services for the next 5 to 10 years.
“A standard GPON fibre line can be split to support 128 users and can reach distances of up to 20km, connecting directly to residential households and office premises,” said Huawei.
“Copper infrastructure can only reach up to 100m at a time, supports low bandwidth, and is susceptible to interference.”
GPON was developed by The Telecommunication Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunications Union to be an industry-wide inter-operable standard.
This means that it can operate with equipment from different vendors, and is compatible with networks that are already deployed – which allows service providers to add to existing networks instead of replacing the entire infrastructure.