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Motorola Participates in FSAN’s Seventh GPON Interoperability Event


Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) tested as part of goal to bring
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PISCATAWAY, NJ . – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) recently participated in the seventh Full Service Access Network (FSAN) gigabit passive optical network (GPON) interoperability test event in Piscataway, New Jersey. The event was organized by Telcordia in cooperation with FSAN (an affiliation of international network operators and telecom vendors), Corning Cable Systems and TraceSpan Communications. Motorola, a leader in GPON/Fiber to the Home (FTTH) solutions, presented its GPON optical line termination (OLT) platform.

“Motorola’s successful participation in this FTTH interoperability event was significant for us as we position our customers to accelerate the delivery of the personal media experience,” said Dr. George H. Simmons, corporate vice president and general manager, Access Network Solutions, Motorola. “We recognize the need for interoperability among vendors, and this event is an important milestone as we continue to provide value and leadership around GPON to our customers.”

The event allows vendors to verify their understanding of the relevant industry specifications and to validate system implementations. In all, 13 system and device vendors participated, interconnecting GPON products and reference designs at Telcordia to test interoperability.

“We are very satisfied with the success of this test event, which shows that plug and play GPON interoperability may soon become a reality and demonstrates the maturity of GPON technology. This success has been achieved thanks to the excellent preparation by Telcordia and the close collaboration of all participating GPON system and device vendors,” said Regis Coat of France Telecom, co-chair of the FSAN Interoperability Task Group.

“FSAN is currently working to unify optical network terminal (ONT) management control interface (OMCI)-related service provisioning interoperability methods. The progress made at the Telcordia-hosted test event was a major step in demonstrating that the GPON standard (ITU-T G.984) allows full OMCI interoperability across a wide range of GPON implementations,” added Paolo Solina of Telecom Italia, co-chair of the FSAN Interoperability Task Group.

The main goal of the test event was to demonstrate GPON equipment management interoperability via the OMCI, with focus on best practices documented in the draft ITU-T GPON G.984.4 Implementers’ Guide (G.984.4impl). The ITU G.984 GPON standard enables line rates of 2.5 Gbps in the downstream direction (central office to customer) and 1.2 Gbps in the upstream direction (customer to central office).

Detailed test cases were carried out to verify the ONT equipment management, including OMCC establishment, Management Information Base (MIB) synchronization operations, ONT capability discover, and ONT software image updating.


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