How Industry Associations Are Helping with Enterprise PON Support

David Hall_Headshot David Hall December 22, 2014

PON_wire_building_imageYou might be aware that passive optical networks (PON) is the architecture traditionally used in many fiber-to-the-home applications. What you might not know is that PON is increasingly finding its way into enterprise environments such as office buildings, sports venues and hospitality. While end users, distributors, integrators and consultants may be well-versed on Ethernet point-to-point networks, some are unsure on where to go to for additional information on deploying PON.

Fortunately, the usual “go-to” standards organizations for enterprises in the United States, such as the Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA), are updating their standards to incorporate application support for PON. One such standard—ANSI/TIA-568-C.0—specifies requirements for splitters and recognized cabling for the work area. The TIA-568-C.3 standard lists requirements for optical connectivity and testing requirements. Performance, testing and labeling requirements for single-mode optical fiber and connectors are covered in these and other TIA standards.

BICSI has updated many of their documents to include information on PON for in-building deployment. In the thirteenth edition of its flagship publication, the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual, BICSI includes material on PON channel definitions, channel lengths, testing and best practices.

Another good source for information regarding PON is the Association for Passive Optical Local Area Network (APOLAN). Founded in August 2013, it is a non-profit organization composed of manufacturers, distributors, integrators and consulting companies who are actively involved in the passive optical LAN marketplace. The organization supports the growth and education of the passive optical LAN industry and is focused on how best to market, install, educate, and support PON in enterprise applications. APOLAN holds webinars through industry media partners to help educate the industry on PON and to provide a forum for questions and answers. The APOLAN website contains white papers, case studies, as well as best practices for enterprise PON and member companies that may be contacted for additional information.

The evolution of PON to the enterprise continues to gain momentum and CommScope supports these associations with the continued education of this vital technology. If you have questions about PON technology or the latest standards supporting PON then you can use the comment section below.

About the Author

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David Hall

David Hall is a global solutions manager within the Enterprise division at CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. Located in Claremont, North Carolina, he manages the team responsible for growth of fiber solutions and pre-terminated solutions, as well as expanding thought leadership in data center architectures and applications.

Mr. Hall joined CommScope in 2005 as global product manager for fiber cables, where he was responsible for product management of CommScope fiber cables sold throughout the world. As fiber applications manager, he and his team aided customers when expertise in fiber optic applications, design, product identification, and product positioning was required. While holding the position of manager of application design services within the Global Services Business Unit, his team provided infrastructure design and engineering services for CommScope Enterprise customers as well as high level pre-sales technical consultation services for the CommScope sales team.

Previously, Mr. Hall worked for Corning in various roles including product development, product management, technical support, marketing and applications engineering. He holds the designation of Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD), holds several patents in the field of fiber optics and has authored several articles in industry publications.

Mr. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dallas.