United States Marine Corps Improves Network Security With Tellabs Passive Optical LAN

by | Jul 5, 2016 | Blog

The aging telecom infrastructure on military installations are struggling to meet the networking demands of today and tomorrow. As a replacement for the traditional copper-based networks, the USMC Recruit Depot in San Diego installed Tellabs Optical LAN (OLAN) for their Unified Communications network. OLAN has been deployed at over 10 USMC installations and the USMC Recruit Depot is the first to deploy their entire Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) over the fiber-based OLAN.

As documented in the case study covering the Marine Corps Recruit Depot installation, the USMC long-term objectives in moving to an OLAN solution were as follows:

  1. Achieve enhanced cybersecurity
  2. Integrate current network technologies with future technologies to provide unified capabilities
  3. Reduce day-1 capital expense and year-over-year operating expenses
  4. Ensure that USMC personnel have seamless access to online information

The Tellabs OLAN system is achieving the established goals of these strategic USMC initiatives. Compared to a traditional LAN, the OLAN architecture is far more secure. With fewer network nodes to manage and a centralized management design, OLAN significantly reduces the risk of network misconfiguration caused by human error and reduces the risk of network intrusions.


John Hoover, Tellabs Marketing Director
John Hoover
Director of Marketing
John Hoover is a Marketing Director at Tellabs and 2024 Board Chair of the Association for Promoting Optical LAN (APOLAN). Over the past 20 years, John has influenced industry milestones such as early passive optical network deployments, video implementations, wireless and more recently enterprise Passive Optical LAN adoption.