CableLabs qualifies EPON gear from six vendors

Louisville, Colo.-based research and development facility CableLabs qualified devices from six vendors for version 1.0 of the DOCSIS provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specifications, enabling cable operators to deploy EPON equipment and be assured of interoperability.

Devices from CommScope, Huawei, Sumitomo Electric and ZTE, as well as optical network units from CTDI, Finisar, Huawei and Sumitomo met CableLabs' qualifications, meaning that they passed a series of tests for compliance and demonstrated interoperability with other CableLabs-qualified devices.

EPON will allow cable operators to deliver broadband over fiber to enterprise customers.  According to cable operators, having qualified EPON gear will allow them to deploy multi-vendor devices based upon EPON technology.

Over 20 vendors are involved in the development and testing of these EPON specifications.  According to Glenn Russell, vice president of business services at CableLabs, the vendor commitment to interoperability will expand the options for cable operators and consumers.

For more:
- see this press release

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