Nokia Passive Optical LAN solution promises 50% cost saving

Telecom network vendor Nokia has launched Passive Optical LAN solution to provide a more efficient alternative to Ethernet LAN.

Nokia claims that its Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution can provide up to 50 percent cost savings over traditional copper-based Ethernet LAN.

Nokia is partnering with global enterprise IT vendor IBM, system integrator KDDI and other technology companies to address needs of enterprises and sectors including banking, manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality.

Nokia said the Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution is a more cost-effective way to deploy local area networks (LAN) at a time when gigabit services, Wi-Fi, the Cloud and high-bandwidth applications such as video streaming and file sharing are reshaping today’s network needs.

Nokia’s POL solution provides high capacity, scalable alternative that requires less capital costs than traditional copper-based LANs.

The solution requires, on average, 50 percent less space to deploy and power to run than traditional Ethernet based LANs.

Nokia, which recently acquired Alcatel-Lucent, is targeting customers including telecom operators, enterprises, governments, healthcare and hospitality providers, and higher education institutions.

Nokia and systems integrator KDDI recently deployed POL to manage the growing communication demands.

Erik Keith, principal analyst for Broadband Networks and Multiplay Services at Current Analysis, said: “We expect to see accelerated momentum in the POL space as Nokia and other major vendors enter the market and provide compelling, future-proof alternatives to the existing Ethernet LAN model.”

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