Providing the "triple play" services of voice, video, and high-speed data access is an important way for carriers to increase their revenue and compete with other access providers such as the CATV operators. For both telephone network providers and CATV providers, the most flexible and future-proof medium for providing triple play services is fiber, with its virtually unlimited bandwidth availability. Since providing a direct optical connection between the CO and each subscriber is cost prohibitive, most optical access systems share a passive optical network (PON) among multiple subscribers. The existing 1 Gbit/s IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet PON (EPON) and ITU-T G.984 2.5 Gbit/s PON (GPON) are currently being deployed. While these protocols provide high speed data, IPTV and VoIP access, more bandwidth is required for high definition switched digital video over Internet Protocol television (IPTV). This white paper provides a tutorial overview of the IEEE 802.3av 10Gbit/s Ethernet PON (10G EPON) standards, including the ways in which it differs from EPON.
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About the Authors
Steve Gorshe, Ph.D. is a Principal Engineer in PMC-Sierra's Chief Technology Officer’s organization and oversees technology for SONET/SDH, optical transmission and access systems.
Currently Steve is a Fellow of the IEEE, Director of Magazines for the IEEE Communications Society, Associate Editor-in-Chief and former Broadband Access Series co-editor for IEEE Communications magazine. He has worked on the development and research of access and transport systems since 1983 and has been with PMC-Sierra since 2000. He has also authored/co-authored over 250 contributions to six standards bodies, including the ATIS OPTXS (T1X1) Committee responsible for SONET and optical network interface standards where he serves as Chief Editor and technical editor for multiple standards. He received ATIS's two highest awards for his technical and editorial contributions. He has also serves as technical editor for multiple ITU-T standards including G.7041/Y.1303 (Generic Framing Procedure – GFP) and G.8011.1 (Ethernet Private Line Service) recommendations. He has 30 patents issued or pending, over 24 published papers, and is co-author of a telecommunications textbook.
Jeff Mandin is a Technical Advisor in PMC-Sierra's Fiber-to-the-Home Business unit, and leads PMC's activities in the IEEE 802.3 10G EPON Task Force.
Jeff has worked in communication systems development and research since 1990 and has been with PMC-Sierra since 2006. Since 2003, Jeff has held positions and contributed extensively to communication standards in IEEE 802, IETF, and CableLabs. In the IEEE 802.16e (Mobile WiMAX link layer) Task Force he chaired security activities and also acted as the group's liaison to the IETF. He is author of several issued and pending patents.