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Jul 6 2009   12:03PM GMT

Ericsson’s GPON competition with Alcatel-Lucent

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Ericsson, which has hardly a household word in wireline infrastructure, may be gaining traction in GPON deployment in China, and we’re hearing that the company is also looking stronger in Europe. GPON deployment on a larger scale is an interesting shift because it permits delivery of broadcast TV as RF-over-glass rather than as IPTV.

An increasing number of providers are telling us that they believe that the RFoG model is better, resulting in a higher first cost but focusing that cost on the most durable and leverageable asset—fiber. Ericsson could play this card effectively against Alcatel-Lucent, which has been conflicted in its PON-versus-IPTV internal debate for more than a year.

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