In September 2016, Hospitality Upgrade surveyed hospitality CIOs about their investments both current and into 2017. The good news is that G-PON, or Passive Optical LAN (POL), was identified as a hospitality industry technology focus for 2017. Even more interesting was the results of the survey – it showed that 30% of hospitality CIOs have already deployed POL and another 38% intend to do so in the future. The CIOs indicated that their top reasons for choosing Passive Optical LAN were for its future-proofing and cost savings benefits.
The hospitality CIOs went on to state that their main technical focus in 2017 would be improving cybersecurity, dealing with the migration of legacy systems and enhancing mobile connectivity. This is good news for Passive Optical LAN as well, because fiber-based networks directly impact all three of those areas of focus:
- Optical LAN delivers better cybersecurity posture because fiber cable is more secure than copper cable, and Optical LAN’s simplified architectures assures corporate security policy is consistently implemented across IT staff and IT infrastructure.
- Optical LAN helps with migration of legacy systems such as analog voice (POTS) to VoIP, RF video to IP video and the ultimate convergence of disparate networks over a fiber-based infrastructure.
- Fiber cabling and Optical LAN wireless synergies offer the best means to future-proof hotel and resort properties for Wi-Fi advancements from IEEE 802.11ac Wave 1 to IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2, and cellular connectivity over Distributed Antenna System (DAS).