A Passive Optical Network (PON) is a fiber optic network multiplexing technology and architecture that is migrating into the enterprise space. The solution is based upon Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology which is widely deployed to provide voice, video, and data connectivity in the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) marketplace.
Current networks are architected with a fabric of switches to aggregate the network connections to individual users. PON does this aggregation using unpowered passive optical splitters, eliminating a large portion of the infrastructure required to service users.
Passive Optical Network (PON) technology has been around since 1995 and is starting to gain more interest among businesses around the world. One advantage to PON networks is that they are flatter networks, not requiring distribution or aggregation switches. In his latest blog, Bob Matthews discusses the recent advancements in PON and how you can learn more.
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