The Broadband World Forum Gigaband Industry Summit was held this week in Amsterdan, the Netherlands. European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), Wi-Fi Alliance, analyst firm Ovum, and multiple mainstream operators around the world discussed how to leverage the fifth-generation fixed network to promote the global gigabit ecosystem.
In the keynote at the summit, David Boswarthick, Director New Technologies of European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI, said: "Looking back on the development history of fixed networks, we have experienced the 64 kbps narrowband era represented by PSTN/ISDN, 2 Mbps era represented by ADSL, the 20 Mbps era of VDSL, and 100 Mbps era represented by GPON/EPON.
“Now we are entering the fifth-generation Gigabit era (1–5 Gbps) represented by 10G PON,” said Boswarthick. “With effective collaboration with advanced wireless technologies such as 5G, Gigabit fibre networks are providing a flexible and high-performance connectivity network for the Telecom Industry,
Meimei Dang, Vice Chief Engineer in the ITSR (Institute of Technology and Standards Research), CAICT, said: “As cloud VR, smart home, gaming, social networking, cloud desktop, safe city, enterprise cloud private line, online education, telemedicine, and smart manufacturing become more popular, the full-fibre gigabit network will directly generate trillions of revenues for related industries, and Gigabit broadband has become the focus of global broadband development."
Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst of Ovum said: “More than two hundred operators in the world have released gigabit services, and twenty operators have released 10G services. 10G PON has become a basic technology for gigabit networks. In the next five years, it is estimated that the compound growth rate of 10G PON OLT ports in the central office will reach 41%, and that of 10G PON ONTs will reach 124%.”