Increasing demand for rapid, low-latency and high-volume communication to homes and businesses has made information distribution and delivery increasingly important. Millions of users expecting economical, high-speed connectivity represent an opportunity for the operators with “last mile” challenges. Passive optical networks (PONs) can offer a solution to these challenges.
One of the most critical decisions for any business involves the purchase of capital equipment. Of the various factors that influence this decision, equipment cost and the resulting revenue potential are two of the most important.
PONs operate on a point-to-multipoint (P2MP) architecture that supports 32 users per fiber compared with one user via point-to-point (P2P) communication. This reduces floor, rack and closet space by up to 90%.
The use of only passive equipment in the PON distribution network eliminates the electronic components from the field, minimizing end-to-end infrastructure requirements.
Having fewer active parts in the network reduces power consumption, simplifies troubleshooting and eliminates the need to monitor power supplies in the field.
The field components of an active fiber network are susceptible to environmental challenges, whereas PONs do not have any electronic components outside the central office. This enables delivery of superior reliability.
Both active and passive optical networks require electronic upgrades in the optical line termination and customer premises, but unlike active Ethernet, no upgrades are needed outside the plant for a PON. This positions it as an easily scalable solution.
PON Products and Solutions
Molex offers a complete PON solution, including attenuators, splitters, modular splitter boxes, multi-function fiber enclosures, wallmount fiber boxes, fiber optic splice enclosures and cables with custom options, plus a 25-year comprehensive warranty.