PTCL & Huawei conduct First Symmetric 50G-PON trial to pioneer next generation fiber optic broadband in Pakistan.

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the country’s largest telecom and ICT services provider, proudly announces Pakistan’s inaugural trial of Symmetric 50G-PON technology. This milestone marks a significant stride towards ushering in next-generation fibre-optic broadband services in the country. This achievement is the culmination of PTCL’s strategic collaboration with Huawei, a global leader in information and communication technology.

Symmetric 50G-PON can provide 50 Gbps connectivity in downstream and upstream transmission simultaneously. This provides an edge over the Asymmetric 50G-PON, which supports 50 Gbps in downstream transmission only. PTCL also inaugurated Asymmetric 50G-PON for the first time in Pakistan at the beginning of the year.

50 GPON is recognized by ITU-T as the next frontier in Passive Optical Network-based broadband technology, which is poised to revolutionize Pakistan’s digital landscape. With substantially enhanced capabilities surpassing those of existing GPON and XG(S)-GPON technologies, 50G-PON delivers an impressive 50 Gbps per PON port. This advancement promises to reshape future demands across industries, enterprises, businesses, campuses, and residential settings, unlocking the boundless potential for bandwidth-intensive and low-latency next-generation services.

Key applications and services enabled by this technology include innovations like Holographic Technologies, integration of XR-based Metaverses in domestic and professional domains, Smart Manufacturing leveraging 3D Machine Vision, Remote Surgery and Medical Clinics, and High-Performance Gaming, among others. Additionally, it serves as a valuable asset for business and enterprise services, effectively catering to Smart Campuses, Video Production Studios, Edge Data Centers, Cloud-Centric SMEs, and Small Offices/Home Offices (SoHos).

A notable feature of 50G-PON technology is its seamless coexistence with GPON and XG(S)-PON over the same physical and passive optical network infrastructure. This capability shall empower PTCL to offer significantly enhanced broadband speeds to its customers through on-demand service upgrade requests.

Group Chief Technology and Information Officer (GCTIO) at PTCL & Ufone 4G, Jafar Khalid, expressed his enthusiasm for this milestone, stating, “PTCL has achieved yet another remarkable milestone with the successful trial of 50G-PON Symmetric technology in Pakistan. This initiative represents a significant stride towards the future evolution of fiber broadband connectivity in Pakistan, and signifies PTCL’s sustained commitment to enhance connectivity, and digital lifestyles of its customers.”

As PTCL continues to spearhead innovation in Pakistan’s telecommunications sector, the successful trial and future commercial deployment of Symmetric 50G-PON technology underscore PTCL’s unwavering commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions that will propel Pakistan into a digitally advanced era.

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