Who’s Using PON?

U.S. Air Force: NIPRNet/SIPRNet data networking, VoIP

U.S. Army: Data networking and network modernization; sponsored PON for JITC testing

U.S. Marine Corps: NGEN architecture to include PON technology for voice and data services

U.S. Navy: Successfully tested PON technology as part of the Trident Warrior Program

Intel Community: Early adopter and deployer of GPON Optical LAN for data, video, and voice services

Tellabs’ Passive Optical LAN (POL) is a Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC)-certified solution that provides federal agencies with an alternative to a traditional Ethernet LAN architecture that requires fewer resources to deploy and maintain, and less capital/operational expenses than the traditional Ethernet LAN architecture. Most importantly,Tellabs’ POL is a reliable and secure networking solution that delivers the full range of voice, data and video services within the building or across the agency campus or military base environment.

Declining budgets for Federal Agencies— When it comes to mission-critical situations or secure government agency communications, cost can play a significant role in deployment and daily operations of the network. Passive Optical LAN technology  reduces capital expenses substantially 30-70%, as users increase so do the savings, reduce power consumption by as much as 80 percent, and floor and closet requirements by up to 90 percent. Optical fiber is also an infrastructure investment that lasts for decades, not just years.

Convergence of voice, data, and video over one network — Single-mode optical fiber can support speeds up to 69 terabytes per second (Tbps) compared with 10 Gbps for Cat 6 cabling.  That’s sufficient capacity to meet the most ambitious communications strategy, eliminating the need for separate lines for voice, data and video services.

Integrates with legacy IT environments — DoD as well as many government three letter agency IT environments frequently include a variety of security standards and assorted networking technologies. Passive Optical LAN integrates smoothly and cleanly with existing networking protocol to safeguard your investment in legacy networks and systems.

Ease of installation — Optical fiber cable is slimmer, easier to handle, and easier to pull and bend than copper cable for easier installation in both garrison and deployed locations. You can also enable multiple security classifications — for example, SIPR and NIPR — to run through the same conduit. See this video.

Energy-efficient performance – Passive Optical LAN can save nearly 60KW over a copper for a 700-user LAN, resulting in savings of more than $150,000 per year. PON also provides network power to VoIP phones and wireless access points (WAPs), eliminating the need to plug Ethernet-based appliances into a traditional wall outlet. All this can help conserve precious energy for deployed forces and help DoD and Federal agencies meet Executive Order 13423 requiring them to reduce energy intensity 30 percent by 2015.

Contact us today to discover how GPON technology is the future of networking infrastructure and how Inquirere can custom tailor a solution for your business.


Department of the Army (DA) Directive 2010-Technical Guidance for Network Modernization