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Building a Passive Optical LAN for High-Bandwidth Enterprises

  • April 30, 2014

Francis Audet

Advisor, CTO Office

Mr. Audet joined the CTO Office in January 2013, where his contribution is instrumental in analyzing market dynamics and implementing corresponding technical strategies for the wireline product portfolio, both for fiber and copper plants. He is also a member and EXFO’s representative in the Broadband Forum (BBF), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the HetNet Forum.

Mr. Audet joined EXFO in 2000 as a Product Line Manager for the Dispersion Analyzer product line. Becoming a Senior PLM a few years later, he added the Optical Spectrum Analyzer product line to his mandate. In 2011, Mr. Audet became System Group Manager, leading a team of PLMs, covering the above-mentioned product lines as well as the entire NEMs and manufacturing product line.

Mr. Audet has also authored or co-authored numerous application notes, magazine articles and technology reference guides. He holds a university degree in physics engineering from Université Laval, Québec, Canada.

Following the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) trend to deliver more bandwidth to consumers, a new technology is emerging that promises to provide more bandwidth, more services and future-proof networks to enterprises. Passive optical LANs are changing the way we think about designing the local area network.

This webinar provides an introduction to POL technology, compares POL and traditional Ethernet switching architectures, and reviews the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) standards applicable to the design and testing of POL solutions to address considerations such as splitters, connectors and signals.

This webinar covers the following:

  • The latest standards and market trends related to POL solutions
  • A detailed overview of POL solutions and their main benefits
  • The differences between traditional structured copper cabling and POL solutions
  • Elements requiring testing and available solutions