Broadband Optical Access Technologies to Converge towards a Broadband Society in Europe

Jean-Pierre COUDREUSE  Sophie PAUTONNIER  Eric LAVILLONNIERE  Sylvain DIDIERJEAN  Benot HILT  Toshimichi KIDA  Kazuyoshi OSHIMA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E91-B   No.8   pp.2462-2469
Publication Date: 2008/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e91-b.8.2462
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Next Generation Broadband Access Technologies)
FTTH,  PON,  point to multi point access,  broadband access networks,  European business models,  

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This paper provides insights on the status of broadband optical access market and technologies in Europe and on the expected trends for the next generation optical access networks. The final target for most operators, cities or any other player is of course FTTH (Fibre To The Home) deployment although we can expect intermediate steps with copper or wireless technologies. Among the two candidate architectures for FTTH, PON (Passive Optical Network) is by far the most attractive and cost effective solution. We also demonstrate that Ethernet based optical access network is very adequate to all-IP networks without any incidence on the level of quality of service. Finally, we provide feedback from a FTTH pilot network in Colmar (France) based on Gigabit Ethernet PON technology. The interest of this pilot lies on the level of functionality required for broadband optical access networks but also on the development of new home network configurations.