Does MTS utilize 1gbps GPON?

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According to http://valleyfiber.ca/faq/ the local competitors are using 1gbps GPON split 32+ times.  Is there any chance MTS could clarify what standards they use?  I realize there may be competitive reasons you wouldn't want to share to much.  But I am now curious if this is accurate.  I understood GPON was 2.5 gbps down and 1.5 up.   

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"Valley Fiber will be using an Active Ethernet Network design that mimics a data center's build and design style. Our competitors/local incumbents use technologies like GPON (Gigabit Passive Optic Network). The major difference is that in an Active Ethernet build out/network design like Valley Fiber's, we provide dedicated 1 Gbps connections to each individual customer. With GPON technology, the 1 Gbps is often split 32 to 128 times. This splitting makes guaranteeing a speed/consistent service nearly impossible and results in plans “up to” advertised speeds. Dedicated connections mean fast and reliable internet all day every day."
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Posted 8 months ago

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Preta, thank you again for your involvement in this forum.  Like you have mentioned, for competitive reasons, I am unable to divulge the exact vendor/technology along with the capabilities of the equipment we have standardized on.  I can however corroborate that Valley Fiber's assumption that we use 1Gbps GPON split 32 ways is incorrect.
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Thanks Andy.

I have recently gained an interest in how the infrastructure that supports the Internet is built.  I also realized that it's far to complex of a system to fully understand so I've decided to focus on how the "last mile" is done in our region.  I appreciate whatever information I can get when it comes from reliable sources.  From the few times I have been able to use a MTS fiber connection I can say that MTS fiber service is reliable and fast, which is why I had to question the statement that was made.
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MTS fiber is a shared connection as there's not dedicated fiber for each customer going into the exchange. But not exactly sure how many customers share it.
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Thanks mcmanone, I am aware that PON is technology that shares a single line with multiple hosts, and that MTS has deployed PON type networks.  The concern of mine is the available bandwidth and split ratio that is used according to Valley Fibers FAQ, which clearly implies that MTS is using a horrible split ratio for a 1 gbps line, which goes against everything I have experienced when using a Fion connection.
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I am not sure if I remember rightly when they were putting it in Minnedosa everyblock was sharing the same fiber just from the pole to the house was a dedicated one.
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I'll have to read up on that again unfortunately I don't live there. Just have friends there. Got coaxial cable not as fast as fiber but I can't complain 40 down and 4 up.
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Without seeing the points where the fibers come together or the ISP telling us it will be impossible to tell how many customers there are per strand.  From my research I've found there are products for every ratio or scenario imaginable.  A single line can carry 4 strands of fiber that are then coupled out into 16 at the "pole".  Or just as easily a 1 strand to 16 customers.  I'm guessing the manufacturers will build them however the company requests.