[Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 2, 2023] Regional digital champion stc (The Saudi Telecom Company) Group announced the completion of the first 50G PON (Passive Optical Network) trial in the Middle East over a live optical network in partnership with Huawei. 50G PON is the latest broadband technology providing consumers and businesses with enhanced and secure broadband usage.
stc and Huawei conduct the first 50G PON live trial in the Middle East
The live trial comes at a pivotal time as stc continues to invest in technological innovation to deliver world-class connectivity. This is the latest step in the long-term joint innovation between stc and Huawei.
The industry has rapidly moved towards broadband networks by adopting all-optical access to increase data security and reliability, primarily through the implementation of mainstream technology, GPON/10G PON. In recent years, the rapid development of various new services, such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), has promoted the evolution of optical access technologies. Currently 50G PON  is considered the next generation PON technology in the industry, including carriers and equipment vendors.
Bader Allhieb, Vice President of Infrastructure at stc Group, said: “As the digital champion in the Middle East, stc has been active in adopting industry-leading technology solutions to drive transformation. digital at the regional level. In partnership with Huawei, we are now laying the foundation for the next generation of connectivity via 50G PON, ensuring that we continue to improve user experience and accelerate digital transformation with cutting-edge networks. »
Feng Zhishan, President of Optical Access Network Product Line at Huawei, said, “Huawei will leverage its continued R&D investment in 50G PON technologies to help stc group build advanced optical access networks. , to provide premium network connections to homes and businesses, and to lead the industry. development.”
Verification of 50G PON technology and services by stc group and Huawei is based on existing access platform and industry standard wavelength specification. The service can coexist with 10G PON on stc’s live optical network, thus proving its stable high throughput and low latency. This means seamless PON network evolution, laying a solid foundation for the large-scale deployment of 50G PON in the future. This verification test is a key step to pave the way for the next generation of industry and joint technology innovation.
 50G PON, which stands for 50 Gigabit Compatible Passive Optical Networks, is the next generation PON defined by ITU-T and released in September 2021 (G.9804 series).