PON is the cure for last-mile bandwidth bottlenecks
Two industry insiders debate the benefits of passive optical networking vs. Active Ethernet.
By John Griffin, Network World January 10, 2005 12:06 AM ET
Passive optical networking, specifically Gigabit PON, already is proving to be the cure for last-mile bandwidth bottlenecks. Service providers are in a race to deliver high-speed, triple-play services through fiber-to-the-premises architectures. In fact, most major telecom providers have committed to FTTP - and their technology of choice for the access portion of the network is PON.
Competing technologies, such as Active Ethernet, simply don't fit the access world. A point-to-point architecture isn't the most cost-effective, interoperable, scalable and manageable way to get multiple services to a large number of geographically diverse users.