Passive Optical LAN versus copper-based Ethernet

Provided by Nokia

Category LAN

Type White Paper

Length 13

Publish Date February 29 2016

Date posted September 28 2016


In the continuing effort to improve competitiveness, many enterprises now realize that distribution legacy LAN networks are no longer capable of meeting communications requirements. A centralized passive optical LAN (POL) architecture eliminates the networking limitations imposed by copper-based Cat 5/Cat 6 cabling. This paper presents the value of an enterprise POL based on a Bell Labs economic analysis. It examines the financial benefits of an optical network compared to traditional copper-based Ethernet architectures. Also discussed in this white paper is why a POL provides the most cost-effective option to meet the gigabit speed networking challenges of a future digital enterprise.

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