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Passive Optical LAN: The Importance for Businesses to Keep Up With Evolving Technology

Passive Optical LAN: The Importance for Businesses to Keep Up With Evolving Technology

Every business owner understands the importance of supporting the growing technology and infrastructure needs in their office of building. As technological demands increase, you need to be able to keep up to stay competitive in any market.

Historically, copper-based Ethernet local area network (LAN) was chosen to power businesses and buildings, but this material hasn’t been able to keep up with the demands—both in terms of the continued migration to digital and capacity limitations.

Thus, introducing passive optical network (sometimes referred to as PON or GPON)—an alternative technology that can provide performance improvements and increase in efficiency.

What Is Passive Optical Network?

Enterprises, campuses, hotels, hospitals, and other businesses have begun adopting passive optical LAN as an alternative to slower, more expensive copper-based LAN. Below, we’ve outlined the major benefits of installing passive optical network for your company’s technology infrastructure, but if you’re looking for service in the Southwest, contact us today for an estimate!

Space Saving Benefits

Using fiber-optic cable instead of copper in traditional LAN set ups, the cables can be considerably smaller—a fraction of the size. This makes it easier to install and also require less space to run the cabling through a building or office space. PON also provides greater signal reach—allowing for further travel distances before needing signal boosting equipment. What this means for you is fewer server rooms and equipment to set up and keep the business running.

Infrastructure Capacity

Passive optical LAN is built on gigabit passive optical network (GPON) that delivers:

  • 5 Gbps downstream
  • 25 Gbps up to the hub

On a single network that can connect everyone with fewer limits than traditional LAN, it also provides full coverage for:

  • Voice
  • Data
  • Surveillance
  • Wi-Fi backhaul
  • And more

For larger businesses, it is also scalable and can provide a seamless path from 10 to even 40 Gbps without having to upgrade the cabling.

Cost Savings for Business Owners

Small in size and more powerful in capacity, passive optical network or even GPON is actually still cheaper to install than traditional LAN—allowing many new businesses to start with a state-of-the-art structured cabling system in their new space or for more established businesses to easily fit an infrastructure upgrade in to their budget to keep up with demand.

According to Nokia Bell Labs Consulting, who ran a comparative study of PON and copper Ethernet LAN, businesses saw a 5-year total cost of ownership that is 20 – 60 percent cheaper than the traditional method.

An Environmentally Friendly Option

Businesses these days are also more concerned with reducing their carbon footprint and successfully implementing green initiatives to meet or exceed industry standards. Because this technology is more efficient and powerful, it requires significantly less active components to keep it up and running, leading to less power and air conditioning used to support the infrastructure.

Is It Right For Your Business?

With the many advantages of passive optic LAN, it may be the right choice for your business. But that decision is best made when consulting with a professional. Corporate Technology Solutions has been providing turnkey low voltage and structured cabling solutions throughout the Southwest for over 15 years. We have offices in Tempe, Tucson, and Las Vegas, and would be happy to discuss your business’s needs and technology strategies. Contact us online or give us a call today.

This entry was posted on Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 2:43 pm and is filed under PON/GPON. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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