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Passive Optical Network

(also PON)

Passive Optical Network (PON) definition

Passive optical network or “PON” refers to technology that uses optical fibers and passive components, known as splitters, to connect many internet users via a single PON port. However, maintain high internet speeds and keep the connection quality as high as possible. In many cases, PONs deliver broadband internet services to homes, institutions, and businesses.

See also: Optical line terminal

Common passive optical network applications:

  • Residential broadband: ISPs usually use PONs to provide high-speed internet access to homes and residential buildings. That way, ISPs ensure the internet connection is reliable and can maintain various services, like video streaming or low-latency online gaming.
  • Business connectivity: PONs are widely used in commercial settings to ensure businesses a high-quality and widely scalable internet connection. Usually, PONs satisfy the connectivity needs of retail stores, medium size businesses, and enterprise offices.
  • Educational and institutional networks: PONs are perfectly suitable for educational institutions, governmental facilities, and health institutions because it’s a cost-efficient network that can ensure effective data sharing, device connectivity, and smooth communication between various locations and departments.