Nokia Launches Passive Optical LAN Alternative to Ethernet LAN

  • Nokia
ESPOO, FINLAND — Nokia announced its passive optical LAN (POL) solution, giving operators and enterprises a faster, more cost-effective way to deploy local area networks (LAN) at a time when gigabit services, Wi-Fi, the Cloud and high-bandwidth applications such as video streaming and file sharing are reshaping today's network needs.

Nokia's POL solution addresses these challenges by providing a high capacity, scalable alternative that requires less capital costs than traditional copper-based LANs while offering a lower operating expense. Based on proven and established GPON fiber technology that is already serving millions of people worldwide, the solution requires, on average, 50 percent less space to deploy and power to run than traditional Ethernet based LANs. Delivering virtually unlimited data capacity, it is also capable of supporting all video, voice and data requirements over a single fiber optic cable.

A More Cost-effective Way to Deploy LANS
With the launch, Nokia is targeting customers including operators, enterprises, governments, healthcare and hospitality providers, and higher education institutions, all of which are seeking a more cost-effective way to deploy their local area networks. These benefits were key for the Japanese hospitality industry, for example, where Nokia and systems integrator KDDI recently deployed POL to manage the growing communication demands.

Overview of the PO LAN solution delivered by Nokia Fixed Networks

Nokia's POL solution is based on GPON technology that includes:

  • 7360 ISAM FX high-capacity fiber platform

  • 7368 ISAM ONT fiber termination points

  • 5571 POL command center (PCC) intuitive management system


"New solutions for enterprise LAN are needed due to growing capacity needs, management complexity, network maintenance and high upgrade costs," said Federico Guillen, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks business group. "Passive optical LAN provides a viable, simple and cost-effective alternative, and will accommodate the evolving connectivity needs of organizations today and in the future."

Did you know?

  • GPON provides military-grade security and carrier-grade reliability

  • GPON can deliver 1 Gbps to each user

  • GPON is a well-established, mature technology used by millions worldwide

  • The Nokia POL solution can evolve to 10Gbps in a cost-efficient way, reusing the same cabling and same centralized access node

  • An optical fiber delivering virtual unlimited capacity is only slightly thicker than a human hair
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