Development of a Gigabit Ethernet-Passive Optical Network (GE-PON) Subscriber Terminal Equipped with a Wireless LAN Router

July 28, 2014

Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. has developed the first FITELwaveAG20R—the first GE-PON(note 1) Subscriber Terminal equipped with a wireless LAN router for the cable TV industry. The unit is compliant with the latest high-speed wireless LAN standard using the 5GHz band, providing an optical broadband experience comparable to a wired connection even when using a wireless connection.
Furukawa Electric will begin taking orders for this product in September 2014 and sales are scheduled to begin in December of the same year.


In recent years, with the spread of wireless LAN devices epitomized by the smartphone, the mainstream is shifting from the past form of enjoying the Internet using a computer and a wired connection to a form using a wide variety of devices and a wireless connection, so the introduction of wireless LAN base units and routers in the home is becoming vital.
In domestic cable television broadband service up to now, however, GE-PON subscriber terminals were provided with a single function, and subscribers who wanted to use router or wireless LAN functions either had to introduce a commercially available product, or one provided and supported by their cable TV operator.
Under these circumstances, subscribers had trouble with the increase in network equipment in the home and selecting, installing, and setting up wireless LAN routers, and there was an even greater call for an integration of equipment and services.

GE-PON subscriber terminals

Products developed

Furukawa Electric has developed a product with foresight, combining the Optical Network Unit (ONU)(note 2) and wireless LAN router functions, which can be managed smoothly by cable television operators on the GE-PON system with the wireless LAN just as with the conventional ONU

Products developed

  • GE-PON ONU equipped with wireless LAN router function
  • High-speed wireless LAN, compatible with the IEEE802.11ac standard
  • Simultaneously compatible with IEEE802.11a/b/g/n
  • Compliant with 20km specification
  • Wireless router management through the existing PON system
  • Size: H204mm x D164mm x W24mm
  • Open pricing

About Furukawa Electric Group

Furukawa Electric (TSE; 5801, ISIN; JP3827200001) Group started business in 1884, when its copper-smelting facility and wire manufacturing factory was established. Since then Furukawa Electric has become pioneers in the latest technologies by addressing diverse technological issues. Furukawa Electric has released products in a number of areas, including telecommunications, electronics, automobiles, and construction, with the three types of materials it works with at their core, namely, optics, plastics, and metals. Many of these products have attained the top global market share, and all of its products have contributed to society in numerous business areas. Furukawa Electric reported consolidated revenues of JPY 931.8 billion (approximately USD 9.3B) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

(note 1)Gigabit Ethernet-Passive Optical Network (GE-PON):
PON is the generic term for technology that realizes Internet connection services over high-efficiency optical fiber through branching using passive elements in the optical access line. One type of PON is called GE-PON, which is a network that transmits data over Gigabit Ethernet used in conventional LANs. This technology enables economical, high-speed (bi-directional 1 Gb/s) Internet connection services over optical access lines. It is standardized on the IEEE 802.3ah standard set in 2004 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and we have subsequently developed 1Gbps optical fiber connection service via GE-PON internally and externally.

(note 2) Optical Network Unit (ONU):
The ONU is a device that is positioned in the inlet point on the user side of the optical access line. It functions as the end terminal of the optical access line and has the function of converting light to electricity.