Horizontal Passive Optical Networking

An All-Optical Future

With passive optical networking (PON), businesses can take a single fiber “to the desk” or even opt for purely wireless optical backhaul.

Guthrie Health, for instance, recently found that a converged gigabit PON and distributed antenna system (DAS) was the ideal solution for supporting its flagship hospital’s entire IT infrastructure – including numerous wireless applications, wireless LAN, and cellular coverage for multiple operators.

Better yet, the passive optical networking architecture drove substantial cost savings for Guthrie, while the converged deployment of PON and DAS shaved an additional 30 percent off the cost of the project. Perhaps best of all, the scalable fiber backbone ensures cost efficiency (and complete future readiness) in the years ahead.

And more facilities are turning to composite cabling – offering a combination of fiber and power in the same cable. That’s power to run phones, surveillance cameras, wireless access points, and thousands of other devices–or to provide back-up power for critical devices in emergency situations.

While we can’t say for certain what future requirements will look like, they’ll likely pertain to cellular enhancements and multiple in-building applications–including Wi-Fi, monitoring, video surveillance, building automation, and other IP services – many targeting a host of networked devices, the so-called “Internet of Everything.”

The Time Is Now

It’s not merely performance, security and reliability that are driving fiber’s resurgence. This carrier-class technology is easier to adopt and less expensive to implement, operate, and manage than the copper-Ethernet LANs found in most corporate environments.

An all-fiber enterprise has gone from cost-prohibitive and technically cumbersome to technically advantageous and – when factoring in return on investment and total cost of lifecycle operations – more cost-effective.

All of which means that fiber in the horizontal is not only viable; it’s inevitable. Long Reach Fiber Cable