A PON (Passive optical network) is a fibre-optic telecommunications technology for delivering broadband network access to end-customers. It is intended for both residential (FTTx) and business situations (POL).  Its architecture implements a point-to-multipoint topology, in which a single optical fibre serves multiple endpoints by using unpowered (passive) fibre optic splitters to divide the fibre bandwidth among numerous access points. 

ISPs and NSPs use PONs as a cost-effective way to provide Internet access for customers. Since a PON is a point-to-multipoint (P2MP) system, it provides a more efficient way to transmit data than a point-to-point network. 

Implementing a PON might seem the expensive route to take; however, it could save thousands in capital and operational expenditure (Capex & Opex). Fibre optic networks can be cheaper to build and operate than copper networks as they are more compact, use fewer cables (space-saving), consume less power (more efficient) and are faster to install. Add to this greater reliability, faster speeds (increased bandwidth), and you will begin to see some of the many benefits. 

Further Benefits  


  • Increased security 
  • Future-proofed 
  • Easy network management
  • Longer distances 
  • True roadmap 
  • Superior performance 

Where PON is used in a (LAN (Local Area Network) it is known as a POLAN (Passive Optical Local Area Network). A POLAN implements point-to-multipoint architecture where unpowered fibre optic splitters enable a single optical fibre to serve multiple endpoints. 

POLAN is a scalable, secure, future-ready, enterprise-wide infrastructure that is both environmentally friendly and economical to use. PON applications use Singlemode fibre optic cables in a point-to-point or point-to-multipoint configuration. This securely transports a vast range of communications protocols in both physical and software-defined networks. 

Speak to one of our fibre specialists to discuss your PON and POLAN product requirements. Email sales@cmwltd.co.uk or contact us on 01234 848030.