Here's How APOLAN is Optimizing Wireless Network Design with...

Here's How APOLAN is Optimizing Wireless Network Design with Passive Optical LAN

Enterprise Networking Mag | Monday, September 20, 2021

Commercial buildings, indoor and outdoor facilities, convention halls, and universities are all places where passive optical local area networks and its numerous benefits can be utilized.

FREMONT, CA: The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and global adoption of Passive Optical Local Area Networks (POL), has shared the advantages of POL in optimizing and supporting wireless network design evolution. POL is the only network solution that can handle new applications and use cases while delivering IoT at scale, as traditional copper-based networks cannot keep up.

The need for wireless connectivity is rapidly growing, and the combination of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G ushers in a new era of wireless connectivity. With nearly 80 percent of mobile data utilized indoors, this convergence, which POL supports, allows users to conduct business anywhere and with the greatest experience possible, resulting in increased productivity. Simultaneously, both Wi-Fi 6 and 5G enable more mission-critical IoT devices to be safely connected via wireless, which is becoming increasingly vital since IDC projects that there will be 55.7 billion connected devices globally by 2025.

"With the introduction of the convergence of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G and increasing demand for IoT applications, there is significant opportunity to evolve and extend wireless technologies using an end-to-end network that involves POL," said Meggin Sawyer, APOLAN Chairman and VP North American Sales at DZS and APOLAN Chairman. "This is why POL continues to be the ideal solution to co-exist and support current and future generations of wireless technology."

This wireless evolution necessitates a change in network design. To reap the benefits of the enhanced speed and capacity offered by Wi-Fi 6 and 5G, upgrading or refreshing the wireless network and the access, distribution, and core networks are required. Commercial buildings, indoor and outdoor facilities, convention halls, and universities are all places where POL and its numerous benefits can be utilized.

When it comes to supporting wireless networks, the advantages of a fiber-based network over a standard copper-based LAN are significant because of POL:

Traditional networks have a distance restriction of 100 meters; this network has a distance limit of 12 miles.

Ensures energy savings, lower TCO, and less IT floor area.

Compared to Cat 5e/6 cables, it delivers 99 percent greater bandwidth at a fraction of the size and weight.

All active components at the network's edge are consolidated, resulting in improved end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) and almost infinite bandwidth.

Provides the flexibility to allow for an infrastructure decrease of 85 percent.

A common fiber infrastructure that only needs to be constructed once has a service life of 30-50 years.

Allows for the coexistence of several versions of xPON technology on a same fiber infrastructure.

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