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This paper provides a brief introduction to the subject of Passive Optical Networks (PONs) and discusses a number of issues that should be considered by a service provider or enterprise that is contemplating the deployment of PONs for distribution/access purposes. In addition to basic equipment costs, these include such issues as electrical power, heating/cooling and space demands (quantities and locations), traffic capacities and patterns, required cabling, equipment expected lifetimes and reliability, operations, and security. In general, careful analysis is needed to determine whether PONs or some other technology (e.g., Ethernet switches) should be deployed in any particular application.
These and related perspectives on fundamental deployment considerations for Passive Optical Networks (PONs) can be found in this recently released PON Whitepaper.
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