School boards quickly see the cost reductions enabled by deploying an Optical LAN. Administrators and teachers benefit when these savings are invested in school resources needed to improve the overall educational experience. School IT staff have the confidence that the network infrastructure helps them exceed operational efficiency goals, network up-time and security expectations. Students enjoy high performance and high availability access to school resources, including cloud, Wi-Fi and e-Learning apps over passive Optical LAN.
The benefits of fiber over traditional copper cabling are many. Fiber costs less to purchase and install, is smaller, lighter and stronger, has greater bandwidth capacity and reach, and lasts longer. Tellabs Optical LAN’s optical reach extends as far as 18 miles, enabling “private LANs” where one central location serves multiple schools. At each school, Optical LAN continues to eliminate traditional network demarcations by removing the need for telecom rooms, reduces LAN mid-span electronics, powering equipment, A/C and ventilation, cabling and associated materials. The solution also efficiently interconnects wired and wireless endpoints for Wi-Fi connectivity.
Optical LAN’s centralized intelligence and management simplifies the network and requires fewer IT resources. The solution is ideal for inter-connecting classrooms, labs, faculty offices, libraries, student common areas, sports facilities, cafeterias, bookstores and multi-purpose rooms. The network architecture also helps school districts achieve their sustainability and “green” goals.