Comparison of Huawei GPON OLT MA5608T and MA5800X2 - Baudcom

Comparison of Huawei GPON OLT MA5608T and MA5800X2

Both the Huawei MA5608T and Huawei MA5800X2 are Huawei GPON OLTs with two service slots, but the Huawei MA5608T is part of the Huawei MA5600T series, the world’s first OLT, whereas the Huawei MA5800X2 is part of the Huawei MA5800 series, Huawei’s next-generation OLT.

You may have heard that the Huawei MA5800X2 performs better than the Huawei MA5608T, implying that it is more expensive, but do you know how the Huawei MA5800X2 outperforms the Huawei MA5608T? What are the similarities and differences between the Huawei MA5608T and the Huawei MA5800X2? How do I select the best configuration? Which one will best meet your needs while saving your network capital? In this article, we will talk about these two Huawei GPON OLTs.

Huawei MA5600T OLT GPON Series

The Huawei SmartAX MA5600T is the world’s first OLT to combine aggregation switch and edge router functionality. For business customers, it can provide high density GE/10GE interfaces for cascading remote access equipment, triple play service, ATM/Ethernet/ TDM leased line services, and high precision clock, as well as high density Ethernet P2P, GPON, 10GPON optical access. The Huawei MA5600T simplifies network architecture, improves network reliability, and reduces TCO.

The Huawei MA5600T series product comes in three different frame types. MA5680T has 16 service slots, MA5683T has 6 service slots, and Huawei MA5608T has 2 service slots. MA5680T, MA5683T, and MA5608T all have the same service card and software.

Huawei MA5800 OLT GPON Series

Huawei MA5800 OLT is the first smart aggregation OLT in the industry to feature a distributed architecture. It’s billed as the NG-next-generation PON’s OLT. The product is intended to assist carriers in the development of networks with higher bandwidths, faster speeds, and smarter connectivity in order to provide a better service experience.

Huawei MA5800 OLT supports FTTH, FTTB, FTTC, FTTC, and distributed converged cable access platform (D-CCAP) networks by providing GPON, 10G GPON, 10GE, and P2P GE access. As a result, it can be used to aggregate all services on a single fiber network such as enterprise access, mobile backhaul, home access, and Wi-Fi hotspot backhaul scenarios.

Huawei MA5800 OLT is a network based large capacity aggregation device that aggregates traffic from ONTs, MDUs, and campus switches, simplifying network architecture and lowering OPEX.

Configuration Comparison

Huawei GPON OLT MA5608T MA5800 X2
Main control slots Slot number 2 2
Main control board MCUD: main control board integrated with 4*1GE uplink port MPSA: main control board integrated with 2*1GE+2*1GE or 10GE uplink port (40G bandwidth per slot)
MCUD1: main control board integrated with 2*1GE+2*1GE or 10GE uplink port MPSC: main control board integrated with 4*1GE or 10GE uplink port  (80G bandwidth per slot)
Power slots Slot number 1 1
Power board MPWD: AC Power Board PISB: AC Power Board
MPWC: DC Power Board PISA: DC Power Board
 Service slots Slot number 2 2
(X)GPON slots GPON board GPBD: 8-port GPON interface board
GPFD:16-port GPON interface board
GPHF/GPSF: 16-port GPON Interface Board
GPSF only supports FTTH
GPHF supports FTTH, FTTO, FTTM, D-CCAP and 1588V2 protocol
XG-PON board XGBD: 8-port 10G GPON interface board XGHD:8-port 10G GPON interface board
XGS-PON board NO TWED: 8-port 10G XGS-PON interface board
Comb PON board NO CGHF: GPON and XGPON

16-port asymmetrical 10GPON (XG-PON) and GPON combo


16-port symmetrical 10GPON(XG-SPON) and GPON combo

Uplink board Supported NO YES
Type MA5608T does not have separate uplink board, but you can use the uplink port integrated on the main control board. NXED:8-10GE uplink board
Enhanced 8-port 10GE uplink interface board, supporting 10GE/GE Ethernet upstream transmission. NXED is used when uplink ports currently provided in MA5800X2 are not enough.

Note: not all boards are named on the table; only the mainstream boards are mentioned above.

Data Comparison

Huawei GPON OLT MA5608T MA5800X2
Dimensions ( W x D x H, excluding mounting brackets) 442 mm x 244.5 mm x 88.1mm 442.0 mm × 268.7 mm × 88.1 mm
Dimensions ( W x D x H, including mounting brackets of IEC standard) 482.6 mm x 244.5 mm x 88.1mm 482.6 mm × 268.7 mm × 88.1mm
Dimensions ( W x D x H, including mounting brackets of ETSI standard) 535 mm x 244.5 mm x 88.1mm 535.0 mm × 268.7 mm × 88.1mm
Maximum weight at full configuration 8.83 kg 9.4 kg
Power supply mode DC power supply (dual for backup)
AC power supply + battery for backup
DC or AC
Control board slot 2, 3 3, 4
Service board slot 0, 1 1, 2
Power board slot 4 (H801MPWC, H801MPWD Power board)
4, 5 (H801MP WE Power board)
GE/10GE ports (Control board) MCUD: 8 x GE (in the load-sharing mode)
MCUD1: 4 x GE + 2 x GE/10GE (in the load-sharing mode)
4*GE + 4*GE/10GE
GPON ports 32 32
XG-PON ports N/A 32
XGS-PON ports N/A 32
GE/FE ports 96 96
10GE ports N/A 16
VDSL2 ports 128 N/A
POTS ports 128 N/A
SHDSL ports 64 N/A
ISDN ports 64 N/A
Band Width per slot N/A 40 Gbit/s
Switching capacity of the control board 128 Gbit/s in active/standby mode
256 Gbit/s in load-sharing mode
248 Gbit/s
MAC address 32768 262143
Access ONT 2048 4096
IPv4 routing table 5120 65536
IPv6 routing table 5120 16384
ARP table 8192 32768


Based on the above comparisons, Huawei MA5608T does not support XG-PON/XGS-PON/Comb PON ports, while Huawei MA5800X2 supports XG-PON/XGS-PON/GPON&XG-PON combo/GPON&XGS-PON combo ports. In addition, when compared to the MA5608T, the MA5800X2 has 8 times the MAC address, 2 times the Access ONT, and 4 times the ARP table.


Baudcom offers various Huawei OLT and Huawei ONU technical support. For more information, please feel free to contact us. 

Post time:2023-07-17


Lomoveishiy – Finland

I needed those to connect my PC on the third floor to have internet access in that room, and ISP installed their modem on the first floor only. After dropping fiber patch cables, plugged in all cables into these media converters at both sides, and link came up instantly. Was much easier than I thought!

Raymond – USA

Great experience – units worked straight out of the box – just needed plug in cables and we were done. I also like the possibility to enable jumbo frames, while we do not have a need for this feature at the current moment it’s great to have this option.

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