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Still Serving Veterans (SSV) is a Huntsville based non-profit that helps Veterans, and their families, find meaningful employment, access their VA benefits, and connect with the resources they need to build civilian lives.

Team ADTRAN has supported SSV in a variety of ways over the years. In 2018, an employee-led Holiday Market was held on our campus. For two days, employees were able to shop a wide variety of items that were hand crafted by employees. All the items were donated for the event and proceeds from the market were donated to SSV. The Holiday Market raised a total of $1,575. Team ADTRAN matched the donation and a check was presented to SSV for $3,150.00.

In 2020, Team ADTRAN donated to SSV on Giving Tuesday at the request of our employees.

You’ve invested in a great product, and now you need guidance on installing, configuring, and optimizing your purchase to receive the maximum value. You can easily access a wealth of knowledge at your convenience on the ADTRAN Support Community.

In addition to resources like quick start guides, discussions, and questions and answers, the ADTRAN Support Community provides a means for you to collaborate with over 28,000 registered members and foster peer-to-peer connections. More than one million people have visited the newly improved platform since its release in April 2020, and this trend continues to accelerate with over 15,000 active visits each month.

Fiber is being deployed everywhere and is the future-proof solution on everyone’s mind. Large public investments are being driven by initiatives like the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and the European Electronics Communications Code (EECC), and private equity investments. The shared goal remains access to fiber and gigabit services.

Yet, actual implementations of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) in rural areas and dense urban locations prove difficult. Taking fiber to rural communities costs a tremendous amount for little return in terms of average revenue per user. Urban areas suffer from physical obstacles such as roadways, rivers, or railroads, adding cost to an already expensive proposition. In addition, labor shortages and supply chain issues have led to a market ripe with demand but short on supply.

This is the first in a two-part series of articles exploring XGS-PON vs. Active Ethernet. In this article, we will explore why operators must seriously consider ceasing the use of Active Ethernet in their new fiber deployments. The second article will discuss innovative solutions that will enable operators to leverage XGS-PON with any existing Active Ethernet network deployments, thus providing substantial power, space, and equipment cost savings.

THE STORIED JOURNEY OF FIBER OPTIC NETWORKS

In prior blogs, we’ve explained what Combo PON is and discussed why deploying XGS-PON using Combo PON technology is better for a fiber network operator. Most fiber network operators now recognize its most basic benefit as a technology that empowers operators to enable both Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and Ten-Gigabit Symmetric Passive Optical Network (XGS-PON) on the same Optical Distribution Network (ODN) over a single, common OLT port. In this blog, I will focus on the power of PON coexistence using Combo PON and how it enables operators to extend the lifespan of their fiber infrastructure, specifically looking at when GPON can be expected to have fulfilled its useful life.

Since ADTRAN pioneered XGS-PON, there has been an ongoing industry debate regarding when and where a FTTH network operator should employ fiber broadband services using GPON versus XGS-PON standards. The availability of Combo PON capabilities built into second-generation XGS-PON solutions concludes the debate, as an operator can now leverage both FTTH standards without sacrificing in terms of cost or capability.

As first-generation XGS-PON solution costs have fallen over the last couple of years, XGS-PON electronics have leveled off at about 20 to 30 percent more that 15-year-old GPON electronics.

OK. You aren’t quite sure about the choice between Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and Ten Gigabit Symmetric Passive Optical Network (XGS-PON) to power your optical distribution network (ODN).

Let’s face it. The difference in the cost for a GPON based Optical Networking Unit (ONU) and an XGS-PON based ONU can be large enough, especially that when scaled to 100,000 subscribers or more, to tilt you to favor deploying your access network with GPON.

Many operators, though, look beyond the 20-30% increased cost of XGS-PON electronics over GPON and compare the overall cost to connect a FTTH subscriber. With the ONU making up a small portion of the overall connection cost, the cost adder for using XGS-PON over GPON ranges most of the time between 2 and 3%. So, is the extra cost delta justifiable?

In case you missed it, NBN Co announced that it has become the first Australian commercial network operator to join the Silicon Valley-based Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Why does this matter? According to NBN, this important investment “puts its vendors on notice that it is keen to explore the cost savings of open source network technologies.” As more operators around the world adopt this philosophical and business mindset, open ecosystems are sure to be the future of global networking.

As a valued strategic partner of NBN Co, ADTRAN welcomes the decision to join us in the ONF, which is focused on delivering open, disaggregated architectures and disrupting the status quo in the access network. This open architecture approach enables service providers to have the freedom to choose a variety of elements and control the introduction and rollout of new customer applications and broadband technologies, which helps eliminate costs and improve efficiencies.

FTTH subscriber connection costs and capabilities have evolved considerably in the last 15 years. Fiber installation techniques such as micro trenching and public-private partnerships leveraging existing right of ways and improved regulatory policies have all helped to reduce FTTH construction costs. Innovations in fiber optics and improvements in fiber connection and distribution methods have reduced the cost to connect an FTTH subscriber from several thousands of dollars per home to as low as a few hundred dollars today. PON technology innovation, Moore’s Law, and economies of scale have greatly increased capabilities while at the same time reducing the cost of an FTTH connection. The days of $500 ONTs and optics connected to expensive two-port OLTs have given way to $50 ONTs and high-density 16-port OLTs. Fiber access nodes have evolved from supporting dozens of 30Mbps residential services to supporting thousands of 100Mbps and Gigabit residential and business services – all on a single access node. It should be noted that this decade worth of increased FTTH service differentiation or utility has all occurred using

With that fascinating question, Jeremy Harris, ADTRAN Director of Subscriber Solutions and Experience, kicked off an insightful Light Reading radio show on "Virtualizing the Subscriber Experience."

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