3M paper breaks down passive optical LANs

A new white paper from 3M Communication Markets Division brings a practical, hands-on perspective to uncovering the challenges of installing a passive optical LAN. Authored by Loni Le Van-Etter, the paper explains how "passive optical network (PON) technology is finding its way deep into the local area network (LAN) to provide significant capabilities and benefits for cost savings to large businesses and organizations."

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The paper's introduction continues, "This is particularly true for the Gigabit PON (GPON) flavor, which is standardized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and used extensively around the world for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) triple-play service delivery."


"A passive optical network (PON) is a point-to-multipoint network architecture that is now being implemented to provide a fiber-to-the-desktop solution in which unpowered (hence passive) optical splitters are used to enable a single optical fiber to serve multiple end points with multiple services. Passive Optical LAN (POL) solutions are implementations of PON technology platforms that have been optimized for enterprise LAN environments.

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"Although this technology has only been made available in the last couple of years, it is quickly gaining traction in the communications industry," continues the introduction.

View/download the white paper here.




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