APOLAN Identifies the Top Markets Driving Passive Optical Network Adoption


The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving education and global adoption of Passive Optical Local Area Networks (POL), today announced the top five market verticals driving the replacement of copper-based networks with POL solutions. 

"Worldwide, passive optical networks are a vital component for smart buildings and campuses to enable the communication and operational systems that supply data and optimize building performance," said Brian E. Hardy, executive vice president at ITConnect and APOLAN chairman. "POL solutions allow management, operations and end-users to take advantage of these services while being sustainable, secure, safe, reliable and resilient." 

Based on feedback from APOLAN members and industry stakeholders, APOLAN has determined the top markets driving the POL adoption trend:

Hospitality: Hotel and resort guests expect online speed, bandwidth and content access. Failure to deliver can harm the guest experience, resulting in reduced repeat business and poor online reviews that make potential guests reconsider before booking. POL solutions ensure hospitality businesses can reliably deliver the online services, performance and security that guests demand.

All Enterprise Offices: IT executives of all vertical markets are constantly challenged to deliver greater performance and bandwidth, more elaborate security and scalability in their commercial office (e.g., headquarters, call centers, regional offices) networks, while keeping costs low. To support these demands, commercial offices increasingly rely on POL solutions, which provide a fast, reliable and secure IT backbone.

Government: Federal, state and local governments often struggle to keep up with technological advancements while conserving energy and costs. POL solutions "future-proof" government networks by minimizing the need for costly and disruptive cabling and equipment upgrades. They also cut equipment and installation costs, thermal and floor space requirements, cooling and power consumption, and overall operating costs.

Healthcare: Medical personnel need fast and secure networks to collect, store and retrieve high-resolution medical images, distribute patient information and collaborate with other healthcare professionals. POL solutions support high capacity, speed and security for essential medical and patient/guest service delivery.

Education: More than ever, students, faculty and administrators rely on connectivity for educational services. Whether providing distant learning online or using alternative learning methods in the classroom, academic institutions can harness the unlimited bandwidth, unmatched security and overall flexibility of POL. 

Throughout these markets, POL solutions allow buildings and campuses to achieve improved efficiency at a lower cost, and supports green buildings and more efficient spaces. They also provide a future-proof and high-speed infrastructure to keep pace with today and tomorrow's technology demands. For additional information about POL benefits, visit www.apolanglobal.org.

About The Association for Passive Optical LAN 
APOLAN is a non-profit organization that is driving adoption and educating the market about the advantages of passive optical network technology. Through its membership, comprised of manufacturers, distributors, integrators and consulting companies in the marketplace, the association hopes to help designers, engineers, architects, building owners, CIOs and IT departments implement and successfully use passive optical networks.

Source: Association for Passive Optical LAN


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APOLAN is a non-profit organization that is driving adoption and educating the market about the technical and economic advantages of optical LAN technology.

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