Ethernet in the First Mile: New Ethernet Capabilities Enable Low-cost Triple-Play Services
This paper explores one of two technological solutions needed to solve the current challenge of
how best to deploy high-volume, high-bandwidth access to the home and premises. The
evolution of Ethernet and the adoption of the IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet in the First Mile standard
and the ITU-T G.984 GPON standard have made Ethernet the preferred protocol for FTTH
(Fibre to the Home) deployment. Ethernet's high performance and low cost make it ideal for the
access network. Ethernet also provides a guarantee for delivery of services (classification, QoS,
and DBA), which is especially critical in triple play.
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