Source Photonics invests in next-gen FTTx technologies

Created February 6, 2017
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Source Photonics, a developer of optical components and modules, based in West Hills, Ca, USA, has expanded investments in its 10G PON OLT and ONU product lines to support the upcoming fixed access network upgrade cycle from EPON and GPON to 10GEPON and XGS PON.

The company says the investment at all levels of manufacturing, including laser chips and advanced optical modules, will enable Source Photonics to continue to be what it calls “the highest volume vertically integrated provider in the market”.

It adds that several industry participants have publicly announced an exit from the FTTx transceiver market due to eroding margins and declining competitiveness.

Source Photonics, which initially entered the market supporting BPON in the early 2000s, says it will increase investments to support the rapid growth of volumes expected during the 10G migration. The company is concurrently investing in key technologies necessary to support future 25G and 100G migrations.

Leveraging its vertically integrated business model and “lean manufacturing” facilities, the company’s investments include capacity to support EML laser diode and optical sub-assembly volumes projected by customers and policy regulators.

Doug Wright, CEO of Source Photonics commented, “Over the past two years, we have successfully ramped our 100G product line to world-class levels of performance. We are excited to expand this operating infrastructure as we support early deployments of next generation FTTx networks.”

Source’s 10GEPON OLT modules manufactured on the expanded lines are in production and currently available for order. XGPON and XGSPON OLT modules expected to release later this year will leverage the same manufacturing assets.

Source Photonics is a provider of innovative and reliable optical communications technology that enables communications and connectivity in datacenters, metro, and access networks. It invents “next-generation” solutions to provide customers with enabling technologies to support the rapidly increasing demands of cloud infrastructure, wireless communications, routing, and fiber-to-the-premises worldwide.

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.