A DOCSIS-compatible 10G Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) residential gateway reference design has been introduced by Broadcom. The platform allows cable MSOs to provide multi-Gigabit speeds for home subscribers' VoD, HD IPTV, VoIP and high-speed Internet via a FTTH solution.
The gateway platform combines the company’s BCM55030, a 10G/10G EPON optical network unit SoC, with the widely deployed BCM33843 DOCSIS 3.0 cable gateway device. The integrated gateway complements traditional technologies, enabling MSOs to quickly provide multi-Gigabit speeds to their subscribers without expensive upgrades to current infrastructure.
Broadcom's 10G EPON gateway adheres to the preliminary CableLabs DPoE 2.0 specification, which allows the PON gateway to look and function like a traditional DOCSIS gateway. Built-in 10G symmetric EPON WAN technology supports multi-Gigabit speeds, allowing multiple FTTH subscribers to achieve 1G symmetric performance simultaneously on a single PON.
"Operators are looking for the fastest and most efficient means to provide subscribers with true Gigabit internet speeds," said Jim McKeon, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Broadcom. "Our residential gateway design enables cable MSOs to bridge a fibre network into their existing DOCSIS infrastructure without costly network re-design."