A CommScope, Inc optical solution offering has achieved a high distinction
by being certified by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
CommScope’s EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) is a completely scalable,
end-to-end solution that provides network managers with the bandwidth
and additional service options their end-users have come to expect. With
DISA’s JITC (Joint Interoperability Test Command) certification, CommScope’s
EPON solution is now approved for use in U.S. Department of Defense
networks. This marks what is believed to be the first time an EPON
solution has been designated with this certification. With JITC
approval, the C9264 optical line terminal, with the associated optical
network units have been added to the Defense Department’s Unified
Capabilities Approved Products list.
“Deploying the EPON solution provides inherent Ethernet interoperability
with legacy Ethernet networks,” said Brian Devlin, vice president,
Federal Sales, CommScope. “Depending on the application in large campus
and data center environments, EPON can provide both savings in capital
expenditures and power simply by using shared bandwidth.
“Our industry has been challenged to provide government agencies the
ability to significantly save on capital expenditures and operational
expenses, and provide high reliability transport. CommScope today is in
the unique position of having the only Gigabit EPON solution approved
for deployment on networks within the U.S. Department of Defense,”
PON can provide CIOs and CTOs multiple advantages in certain
applications. This includes the ability to deliver high-speed data,
video and voice over a single streamlined network featuring passive, not
active, components. This covers a wider area with a single run of fiber.
It also provides future-ready capability to upgrade quickly and easily
to new technologies such as 10G EPON.
Devlin said one of the biggest advantages a PON solution can have over
an active copper-based Ethernet network is its ability to span long
distances without degrading performance.
Depending on the network speed and application, a typical copper-based
active Ethernet solution can span approximately 100 meters while a
multi-mode fiber can range up to 300 meters from the equipment closest
to the network node. Extending the network further requires additional
switching equipment plus mounting, powering, and cooling for the
necessary active equipment, according to Devlin. With CommScope’s EPON
solution, these distances increase up to 20 kilometers.
About CommScope’s PON Solution
CommScope’s PON family of active and passive optical devices provides
rural communities, electric cooperatives, multiple system operators,
municipalities and governments the ability to deliver advanced voice,
video, and data services to their subscribers using fiber optic cables.
The solution is designed to be deployed in various situations including
residential FTTx, access networks for commercial accounts,
multi-dwelling units, commercial in-building, security and building
automation and wireless access points. CommScope’s complete PON solution
portfolio allows operators to provide users with advanced services today
while also preparing for future demands by deploying either an EPON or GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) solution.
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