Overview of 10Gb/s EPON Status, Requirements and Applications

By Ethernet Alliance

The wide adoption of 1G Ethernet passive optical networks (EPON) (per IEEE std P802.3ahTM) provided a significant jump in access network capacity and created demand for greater bandwidth-intensive applications and services such as Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Video-on-Demand (VoD) and high-grade internet protocol (IP) telephony known as Voice over IP (VoIP). To address these market demands, the IEEE P802.3av Task Force was created in September 2006 and its 10G-EPON draft builds upon the compatibility with the existing 1GEPON.