APOLAN Advocates for Development of the Passive Optical LAN Industry

  • The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN)
NEW YORK - The recently formed Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN) is a non-profit organization that advocates for the education and global adoption of passive optical networks in the LAN industry. APOLAN is comprised of companies involved in providing infrastructure, electronics, integration, distribution, and consulting services, as well as other organizations supporting the growth of the passive optical LAN industry. APOLAN's founding members are Corning, IBM, SAIC, TE Connectivity, Tellabs, Zhone and 3M.

Next Generation for LAN Infrastructure
Passive optical LAN represents a revolutionary change for the IT industry. As the next generation for LAN infrastructure, it provides the simplicity, scale and bandwidth to address current and future demand, while minimizing costly and disruptive cabling and equipment upgrades. In addition, passive optical LAN can deliver substantial savings in capital and operational costs over traditional workgroup switch-based LAN architectures. Significant savings can be realized in almost every aspect of an implementation, including equipment costs, power, cooling, installation and floor space. Passive optical LAN serves as the optimized means to deliver voice, video, data, wireless access, security and high-performance building automation for the federal government and commercial enterprise. Passive optical LAN saves money, energy and space.

"Participation in the APOLAN is open to all organizations interested in leveraging passive optical networking to revolutionize the way local area networks are designed, deployed, and managed," said Dave Cunningham, president and chairman of the APOLAN. "The deployments of passive optical LAN to date have demonstrated significant cost and performance advantages compared to traditional Ethernet designs, and the optical foundation future-proofs the network for any new bandwidth demand – a clear advantage over existing copper solutions."


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