Redes Ópticas Passivas: Características, Instalações e Perspectivas (Passive Optical Network: Characteristics, Deployment, and Perspectives)

Paula Brandão Harboe (, José Rodolfo Souza (

1Universidade Federal Fluminense
2Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: June 2013
Volume: 11,   Issue: 4 
ISSN: 1548-0992

This paper presents a literature review of passive optical networks, and a realistic discussion of the current situation, including trends and market forecasts. The main characteristics of a PON network are highlighted, and the BPON, EPON, and GPON standards are compared. In late 2009, these solutions represented, respectively, 5%, 55%, and 21% of the world, and experts believe the GPON standard will be the main technology by 2013. The study also shows that the deployment of PON networks is growing rapidly, particularly in Asia and the United States, where they account for 74% and 15% of all connections, respectively. In Latin American, the PON subscribers correspond to only 0.02% of the total. The first installations of the so-called GigaPON era (10 Gb/s operation rate together with WDM technology) are planned for 2012.

Index Terms:
Optical access network, passive optical network (PON),fiber to the premise (FTTP) deployment, last mile   

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