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Comparative Analysis of GPON and DSL Access Technologies for Enhancing Broadband Internet Penetration in Nigeria

Agboje Oboyerulu Edevbie, Olowononi Felix Opeyemi. Published in Information Sciences

International Journal of Applied Information Systems
Year of Publication: 2016
Publisher: Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Authors: Agboje Oboyerulu Edevbie, Olowononi Felix Opeyemi
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  1. Agboje Oboyerulu Edevbie and Olowononi Felix Opeyemi. Article: Comparative Analysis of GPON and DSL Access Technologies for Enhancing Broadband Internet Penetration in Nigeria. International Journal of Applied Information Systems 10(8):16-21, April 2016. BibTeX

    	author = "Agboje Oboyerulu Edevbie and Olowononi Felix Opeyemi",
    	title = "Article: Comparative Analysis of GPON and DSL Access Technologies for Enhancing Broadband Internet Penetration in Nigeria",
    	journal = "International Journal of Applied Information Systems",
    	year = 2016,
    	volume = 10,
    	number = 8,
    	pages = "16-21",
    	month = "April",
    	note = "Published by Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA"


Broadband penetration is a core driver of the economic development of any nation. The broadband supply chain comprises of international connectivity, a national backbone network, metropolitan access links and the local access (or last mile) network. In Africa, so much activity has been recorded with regards to international connectivity with a lot of investment from various consortia. Nigeria recently joined the nations with a National Broadband Plan in 2012, however, to meet the goal of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan of increasing broadband penetration from 6% in 2013 to 30% in 2018, it must leverage on developments in the technology of the access network. The access platform for broadband services has evolved over the years from the use of Very Small Aperture Terminals, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) to optical access systems. Optical access transmission systems have the capacities for almost unlimited increases in speed and have become the ultimate technologies for broadband access. The access network is of prime importance due to its proximity to the major personnel in the broadband ecosystem; the consumer or subscriber. Deployment of broadband services to the end user can be achieved via Wired (GPON, ADSL, DSL…) or Wireless technologies (EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, LTE). The present access technology hinges on mobile wireless technologies (EDGE and 3G) with complementary efforts by DSL. This paper is therefore set to present a comparative analysis of Passive Optical Networks (majorly Gigabit Passive Optical Network) and DSL access technologies for enhancing broadband internet penetration in Nigeria.


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