Irish Eye 10 Gbits/s XGS-PON

Created December 12, 2017
News and Business

Irish open access wholesale infrastructure provider SIRO and Chinese group Huawei say they have successfully showcased XGS-PON technology running on Ireland’s first 100% fibre-optic network at speeds of up to 10 Gbits/s.

“What is exciting about this trial is that these blistering fast speeds have been obtained using the exact same network that carries SIRO’s 100% fibre optic broadband services to homes and businesses across Ireland. All we are doing is changing the electronics at either end, with no further construction required,” states SIRO Commercial Director Ronan Whelan. “We see the speed and reliability limitations of copper networks, and this trial proves how important fibre network rollouts are to provide the platform for growth in Ireland. SIRO can and will evolve towards multi-Gigabit speeds as and when our customers demand it in the future.”

“Huawei was first to (provide) industry with a commercial symmetric 10G GPON solution, demonstrating the maturity of our symmetrical XGS-PON technology, which helps upgrade enterprise private networks to Gigabit access networks,” adds Jijay Shen, Huawei Ireland General Manager.

SIRO, co-owned by Vodafone and Irish energy company ESB, has a FTTB network that currently passes 120,000 premises in 25 towns. SIRO is delivered through fibre optic cables which run alongside existing ESB electricity connections. SIRO is offered on an open-access basis to all telecoms retailers in Ireland, with Vodafone, Sky, Digiweb, Carnsore Broadband, Rocket Broadband, WestNet, Airwire and Kerry Broadband already offering services, along with partnerships with enet and BT.

John Williamson

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John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.