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A Reliable and Economical LAN Solution

Passive Optical LAN (POL) is a revolutionary carrier-grade technology that redefines how services are delivered to the desktop in an enterprise environment. This network solution utilizes a point-to-multipoint architecture that can provide over 7,000 ethernet connections provided from one aggregation switch. The inherent benefits of the Passive Optical LAN make it an incredible delivery mechanism for the triple play of services—voice, data, and video—in a multi-dwelling unit or large venue setting.

Passive Optical LAN is a highly reliable and economical enterprise LAN solution. It provides all-fiber access to any Ethernet end point such as wireless access points and controllers, application servers, printers or any type of IP end user devices. Passive Optical LAN is based on proven Passive Optical Networking (PON) technology and allows enterprises to rapidly address their evolving LAN requirements while dramatically simplifying the network infrastructure, greatly reducing total life-cycle costs. Passive Optical LAN also delivers many more benefits than the traditional router/workgroup switch approach. Significant savings are realized in almost every aspect of an implementation: equipment costs, power, cooling, installation, and management space. An independent study was conducted to compare existing work group based LAN networks with Passive Optical LAN economics and found the combination of capital and operational cost savings to be significant.

With POL, you can realize up to 55% reduction in capital and up to 65% reduction in overall operational costs―a combined total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of up to 65% over your traditional LAN architecture. These drastic savings in CAPEX and OPEX are achieved through the use of passive components such as optical splitters which eliminate the need for work group switches used in a traditional copper-based network solution.