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Thursday, April 24, 2003


Good source of information on passive optical networks (PON)

Good source of information on passive optical networks (PON)
FSAN (Full Service Access Network) is a group of over 50 telcos (including all 4 major U.S. incumbents) and vendors from around the world that is writing standards for APON (ATM PON) and GPON (Gigabit PON). APON architecture is probably the world's most commonly used FTTH (fiber to the home) architecture, although new approaches introduced since FSAN's formation -- most notably EPON (Ethernet PON) and Wave7 Optics' Ethernet active/passive system are getting increasing attention and acceptance.

The FSAN web site has a lot of good information on their flavor of PON, ranging from formal documents for techies to links to articles in the press for 'big picture' types.


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