pon's and ethernet to the home

Marshall Eubanks tme at multicasttech.com
Thu Dec 18 15:59:28 UTC 2003

Dear Miguel;

Having heard no answer, I will take a shot :

I actually think that EPONs have a good chance to be the future method 
of distributing video from the "cable" provider to the home. As they 
are passive, it minimizes the amount of equipment out there. A 
10-Gigabit Ethernet running multicast IP (probably with some form of 
packet tagging like MPLS) could more than support all of the video and 
data needs of a typical cable head-end customer base.

There is a PON forum


and also the fiber to the home council which seems to be hot on EPONs


You might look at alloptic as a equipment provider here


On Tuesday, December 9, 2003, at 12:58 PM, Miguel Mata-Cardona wrote:

> Hi, I've been reading a little about passive optic networks and the
> idea is very good from my stand point.
> As far as I have understood, the idea is to use the fiber as it was
> coax, doing some kind of FDM (frequency division multiplexing) with
> the lambdas (somehow the same). This would give us the capability
> to move at leat n x 10mbps ethernet on the same fiber using diferent
> lambdas for each customer, until power budget goes down.
> If the idea is correct, this would mean "next jump" on bandwidth.
> Who would be making this "ethernet/lambda multiplexors" right
> now? Is it feasible to do it today? or should we wait a little more?
> I mean, there are solutions using packet over sonet or alike, but
> pure ethernet?
> -- 
> Miguel Mata-Cardona
> Intercom El Salvador
> mmata at intercom.com.sv
> voz: ++(503) 278-5068
> fax: ++(503) 265-7024
                                  Marshall Eubanks

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