Arch broadband access gear rivals Calix and Adtran both announced 10G PON product enhancements today, offering a dueling press release battle of sorts. Both broadband access vendors are positioning their platforms for the next generation of broadband access, which enables 10 Gbps service.

Calix unveiled its everyPON strategy today which claims to support a variety of PON technologies including GPON, XGS-PON, 10G EPON and NG-PON2 on a single Calix platform. This gives service providers the flexibility to offer 10G services where and when it’s appropriate Calix added.

Specifically, Calix highlighted XGS-PON and NG-PON2 support for its AXOS and EXOS platforms.

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“Our latest announcements demonstrate that we are committed to delivering flexible solutions that give all of our customers the freedom to choose multiple PON technologies,” said Michel Langlois, chief development officer for Calix in a press release. All of our 10G solutions can easily scale up to create a future-proof network that addresses subscriber needs today and tomorrow.”

Adtran announced the addition of 10G PON capable ONTs and ONUs to its 600-series platform, highlighting XGS-PON and 10G EPON support.

“The fiber broadband access network needs to support the onslaught of extreme-bandwidth applications to preserve a network operator’s ability to monetize smart home and business opportunities,” ADTRAN Product Line Management Director Jeremy Harris said in a press release. “Taking an end-to-end portfolio approach is the best way to ensure a best-in-industry customer experience.”

Both companies are emphasizing the need for their service provider customers to begin building a path towards 10G capable networks that can support 4K/8K video, video game streaming applications like the recently announced Google Stadia, and 5G.

The fiber broadband industry has anointed both XGS-PON and NG-PON2 as primary technology paths for next-generation FTTP. Verizon is leading the NG-PON2 charge, having previously announced NG-PON2 its choice for the future. Other carriers including AT&T and Frontier have announced an initial XGS-PON path.

The cable industry is on the 10G bandwagon as well, with CableLabs leading the effort to a cable broadband 10G future.

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