Rarely do I get to talk about enterprise broadband on this blog, but today is an exception. Motorola announced a deployment with Getty Images in London of its Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution. The company launched POL last year, and has made steady progress in the enterprise environment with the all-fiber technology. In Getty’s case, Motorola worked with Corning, which provided the fiber-structured cabling components, and TCS Cabling, which provided integration and structured cabling supports. The motivating factors for Getty were the overall cost savings of POL over traditional LAN, and the high reliability and simplicity of the POL architecture.
To recap how POL works, it uses OLTs and ONTs just as any residential GPON network deployment would. In an enterprise configuration, however, the technology solution reduces both hardware and maintenance costs compared to a standard LAN set-up. A single fiber optic cable run from an ONT can support four end-users – no CAT5/CAT6 cable required. POL also reduces the need for many workgroup switches, and the Motorola ONT equipment can even be powered over Ethernet. The very nature of the Passive Optical Network (PON) means there are fewer active components, and therefore fewer potential maintenance issues.