Business Management

What to use when your Ethernet LAN maxes out

Provided by Nokia

Category Business Management

Type Article

Length 1

Publish Date May 04 2016

Date posted September 27 2016


Passive Optical LAN (POL) is to the traditional Ethernet LAN what fiber-to-the-home is to traditional copper telephone lines. POL brings the power of fiber optic broadband technology to enterprises, university campuses, hospitals, hotels or anywhere else that needs a Local Area Network.
POL uses fiber-optic cable instead of copper and the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) transmission technology to transmit Ethernet frames. GPON is used to deliver commercial and mission-critical broadband services to millions of users worldwide.
However, Ethernet LAN does have one thing going for it: familiarity. Ethernet LAN is a 30-year old technology. It is tried and trusted and, by and large, does the job it’s meant to do.
For now.
But bandwidth needs in the office are growing as rapidly as at home. Perhaps more so. Ethernet LANs are reaching their capacity limitations and many enterprises are considering how their LANs will cope 5, 10, 20 years from now. Many are also looking to their IT managers to deliver cost savings from their local area networks and services.

Recommended for You


How a Washington crackdown on Huawei could backfire for everyone

Phil Muncaster reports on China and beyond


5G is over-hyped and expectations need reining in

Dan Swinhoe casts a critical eye on the future


What can we learn from tech initiatives in the Middle East?

Keri Allan looks at the latest trends and technologies

Our Case Studies

IDG Connect delivers full creative solutions to meet all your demand generatlon needs. These cover the full scope of options, from customized content and lead delivery through to fully integrated campaigns.


Our Marketing Research

Our in-house analyst and editorial team create a range of insights for the global marketing community. These look at IT buying preferences, the latest soclal media trends and other zeitgeist topics.



Should the government regulate Artificial Intelligence?