Airoha kicks off symmetric 8Gbps deployments with breakthroughs in XGS-PON technology

Judy Lin, DIGITIMES Asia, Taipei 0

Credit: Airoha

Taiwan-based IC design house Airoha Technology, a MediaTek spin-off, has announced that it has successfully landed in the US market with deployments of what it calls the world's fastest XGS-PON broadband networks that ensure symmetric 8Gbps upload and download speeds with 3ms low latency.

Deployed to a number of project areas in collaboration with a US telecom company, the Airoha chips for fiber optical broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) strictly observe standards set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a symmetric speed of 8 gigabits per second, which is the fastest so far in the real-world optical fiber networks verified by Speedtest, said the company.

In August 2022, Airoha helped a US telecom operator Lumen commercialize the world's first XGS-PON services that achieve a real-world speed of symmetrical 8 Gbps in compliance with FCC regulations.

The most critical and difficult part of the US 8Gbps XGS-PON deployments is to achieve low latency under 3ms as tested against Speedtest standards, and Airoha solves this challenge through software-hardware integration and firmware optimization, according to a company press release.

The successful deployment has set a new benchmark for the introduction of 10G-PON technology, said the company.

Airoha said it has more than 20 years of engineering experience in fixed networks with a product portfolio for fixed broadband aimed to provide interoperability and reliability in a highly heterogeneous and stability-demanding environment.

The Federal Infrastructure Investment and Job Act of 2021 requires the federal government of the US to spend US$65 billion on broadband access, which has become the industry's biggest focus.