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Sep 22 2008   2:58PM GMT

Overheard: GPON and Active Ethernet are complementary technologies

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

russell-david97.gif PON (Passive Optical Network) and Active Ethernet have falsely been cast as competitive technologies when, in fact, they are complementary.

David Russell, marketing director at Calix

Increasingly, GPON and Active Ethernet are being viewed as complementary technologies based on the application. GPON is ideal for mass residential and small business deployments, while Active Ethernet is sometimes preferred for larger businesses that demand dedicated fiber access.

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