Monday, June 18, 2007

Hard slog in the last mile

Passive optical networks, the next big thing in broadband last mile technology, are under siege, according to my colleague Loring Wirbel in this week's EE Times. PONs have the potential to replace high-speed cooper DSL links, but Loring is skeptical about how many people will reap the rewards of this historic shift from Mbit to Gbit technologies.

Loring notes that PONs are becoming as hotly competitive as Ethernet switches were a few years back. Suppliers and service providers are consolidating, even though the PON technology is still fragmented into multiple camps. The story is being played out where all the parties are gathering at the NxtComm show I Chicago this week.

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