This marks a world-first in the use of commercial virtualized 10G-EPON remote optical line terminals to deliver groundbreaking speeds economically.

In a move that signal’s Japan’s drive to facilitate accelerated technological innovation, residential and business broadband customers in the highly-competitive Kansai region will soon be able to utilize 10Gbps broadband, a world milestone.

Such high broadband speeds can bring about greater network capacity, lower latency and improved security, helping to realize a whole new scope of connected online services that can change the way people work and live. With Japan being one of the world’s most technologically-advanced economies, the deployment of the world’s first commercial virtualized 10Gbps broadband can serve as a model for smart connected cities that are being built across the world.

The telco behind this move, Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM), provides cable television, high speed Internet access, telephony, mobile, and electric power service, and services based on IoT devices to customers through 11 consolidated subsidiaries at the local level, serving 5.57 million subscribing households in Sapporo, Sendai, Kanto, Kansai, and Kyushu-Yamaguchi regions.

Large-scale 10G-EPON deployment

According to the firm’s Managing Corporate Officer and GM of Technology, Shigenari Saito: “J:COM is offering the ultra-high speed data service to the Kansai area to meet the growing needs in high-speed, large capacity communication due to video consumption and the growth of IoT in home devices. Working with our trusted partner on delivering a high performance and high-quality network, we aspire to continue to provide valued services that would resonate with our customers.”

To offer such high-speed broadband economically and scalably, the firm’s existing hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks have been upgraded with specialized 10G remote optical line terminal (OLT) fiber node modules from its partner Commscope.

This collaboration enables large-scale commercial deployment of 10Gbps ethernet passive optical network (10G-EPON) with remote OLT in the Kansai region that J:COM will look to use as a model to expand 10Gbps broadband service in Japan. CommScope is supporting the upgrade with a combination of headend, node, and optics solutions that further strengthen J:COM’s HFC and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks.

The enhanced infrastructure allows J:COM to take immediate advantage of broadband spectrum expansions, virtualized and distributed access architectures, and to reduce capital and operating expenditures. The remote OLT system will also enable the use of centralized network management that can be located in the data center.

Said Morgan Kurk, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Segment Leader,Broadband Networks, CommScope: “J:COM’s ‘network of the future’ showcases our portfolio’s versatility in facilitating the migration to FTTH, providing more network capacity and reliability for end users. Together, we’re delivering the fastest speeds and the most advanced broadband services for millions of consumers across Japan.”