Keeping Optical LAN innovative--but easy for users
Last month, Tellabs announced the launch of the Tellabs® 100 Series Mini Optical Network Terminals.
The Tellabs mini ONT builds on the Optical LAN value proposition of up to 70% CapEx savings, up to 80% energy savings and up to 90% space savings. Plus, you can install it in single gang electrical receptacle, whether in a wall or in a cubicle raceway.
Now, customers can better take advantage of passive optical networks for commercial enterprise and federal government—all while eliminating the impact of desktop ONTs, additional cabling, power supply bricks and battery backup units.
With the Tellabs mini ONT, the customer only sees a flush wall plate and 2 gigabit Ethernet data ports. These ports support Power over Ethernet (PoE) and can provide connectivity to VoIP phones, wireless access points, building surveillance camera and other building resources.
We describe this Optical LAN advancement as “revolutionary.” But while the technology may be innovative compared to legacy active-Ethernet-designed, copper-based LANs, to the end customer it’s business as usual.
That is, at the data center, the connections to voice, video and data sources are the same as always. And the user connects into an Ethernet RJ-45 wall plug, just as they have done for the past decade.
Passive Optical LAN provides network access and aggregation underneath the hood and out of sight of the end users. This innovation offers less upfront equipment cost, less ongoing operational cost, better energy savings and less physical presence throughout the building.
It’s important that building owners, IT managers, architects and general contractors understand that Optical LAN provides the same familiar end-point services and interfaces, but with great benefits. They should have a high degree of confidence that Optical LAN is a bona fide option for a low-cost, low-energy, high-performance building network.