Top Take-away From HT-NEXT: When Passive Optical LAN Is The First Best Choice

There are four things that really impressed me at HT-NEXT Conference last week in Orlando. All four of them centered on the common understanding of when Passive Optical LAN is truly the first best choice. Over the years there has been good, spirited debate as to when Optical LAN is better than legacy copper-based LAN design. That is all good fun, but I’d like to elaborate more on four hospitality examples of when Optical LAN is the first, best choice or even the only choice.


  1. Sprawling Resort Properties – One of the best qualities of Optical LAN is its ability to break traditional reach constraints, both indoors and outdoors. Tellabs OLAN has been deployed by hoteliers with sprawling resort-style properties where gigabit Ethernet connectivity is extended to remote buildings, cabanas style rooms, restaurants, pool side bars, sports club houses, Wi-Fi and security that are all served over fiber far beyond traditional 100-meter distance limitations.
  2. Hotels in Historic Buildings – Optical LAN architecture and fiber cabling infrastructure saves space in risers, pathways, telecom rooms and data centers. This can be of critical importance to hoteliers operating in registered historic buildings. Tellabs OLAN has been instrumental in allowing historical hotels to retrofit their buildings with modern high performance network connectivity without damaging the integrity of precious facilities.
  3. Ocean Front Resorts – There are plenty of horror stories in the hospitality industry about the high corrosion and lightning hazards that exist at oceanfront hotels. It behooves hoteliers to minimize electronics and copper cabling at these salty tropical seaside resorts. Tellabs OLAN has been deployed for years by resort owners wishing to minimize the impact on their network in these harsh environment conditions.
  4. Hotels with Unique Architecture – Finally, there is the recent example of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the construction challenges posed by its 52-story iconic atrium. The Tellabs OLAN design allowed Marriott to minimize floor-to-floor coring, dust, debris, noise, guest detours, time and eliminated the need to build 22 new telecom rooms that would have contributed even more to those problems.

To learn more about when Optical LAN is the first best choice and how to overcome construction challenges for hoteliers, we encourage you to read the Atlanta Marriott Marquis case study.