Orange Spain taps ZTE for 10G XGS-PON services

Created January 14, 2022
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ZTE Corporation in partnership with Orange Spain, has planned to launch commercial 10-gigabit-capable symmetric passive optical network (XGS-PON) services in the Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia and Zaragoza. The services will provide users with 10 Gbps broadband and Wi-Fi. It’s Orange’s first attempt at delivering 10 Gbps broadband to retail users.

In October 2021, Orange Spain demonstrated a live test of ZTE’s F8648P XGS-PON optical network terminal (ONT) on its network. The test result showed that the ONT achieved an uplink/downlink speed of 8.6 Gbps, close to the theoretical peak rate of XGS-PON. ZTE’s ONT provides a 10 GE downlink port offers support for eight spatial streams and Wi-Fi 6 technology, it also enables up to 6 Gbps physical layer rates and a maximum of 128 end-user devices. In addition, the ONT is compatible with legacy end-user devices to suit the in-home access scenario where multiple devices, both old and new, usually mix.

Spain was the first European country to roll out optical broadband and has made massive fibre to the home (FTTH) deployments. As the emergence of services including the metaverse and 8K ultra-high-definition video drives an increase in bandwidth demand, operators in other European countries have also begun to build FTTH networks.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.