As a technical manager for a network infrastructure provider,
I get asked a lot of progressive-thinking questions. This questioning influences my awareness of new
technologies and those that are already established.
Recently, there has been a lot chatter around Passive Optical
Network (PON) or, as some have called it, Passive Optical LANs. This
technology has been around since 1995 when Full
Service Access Network and International
Telecommunications Union began working on the standards for fiber-to-the-home.
Since that time the technology has evolved from asynchronous
transfer mode (ATM-based) passive optical network (APON) to Ethernet-based
transmission standards (EPON) and from an outside plant service or fiber- to-the-x (FTTx)
to an in-building solution like a passive optical LAN.
In North America, most telecommunications service providers
are still delivering GPON (Gigabit PON) because it easily maps into their Synchronous
Optical Network (SONET) for transport. The industry, however, is beginning to
look more at EPON because of its simpler implementation. In Asia, EPON deployment
tends to be the norm for that reason. As industry and businesses are looking
for ways to deploy reliable networks at lower costs, PON technology is getting
PON networks are flatter networks, not requiring distribution
or aggregation switches. They require less real estate since network closets
are being eliminated or reduced in footprint. Another great benefit is that
they are a green technology because they require less power to run its active
equipment. These are some of the benefits which companies may be able to
achieve by transitioning to a PON solution.
If you are attending BICSI Canada April 29-30
in Vancouver, please stop by CommScope booth #500 or leave a comment below to
continue this discussion.Have
you considered deploying a PON solution?