APOLAN and Industry Experts Cite Market Traction and Growth Opportunities for Passive Optical LAN

The Association teams up with Gartner, Hanover Research and BSRIA to highlight how the adoption and awareness of POL is exceeding industry expectations

NEW YORK – July 10, 2018 – The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for passive optical local area networks (POL), announced its work with Gartner, Hanover Research and The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), to showcase the unprecedented increase in demand and growth opportunities for Passive Optical LAN (POL) in various market segments.

“APOLAN has long been an advocate for promoting the growth and awareness of POL through the success and efforts of our member companies,” said Alan Bertsch, Qypsys President and APOLAN Chairman. “The findings from these industry experts are a true testament to the technical superiority of POL and the industry’s need to digitally transform now to keep pace with network demands of the future.”

The latest BSRIA POL report brings an external and independent view of the global POL market. The research sheds light on the market evolution, the global value of passive and active components as well as insight into several other market segmentations. This includes naming the most significant advantages of POL, which are CAPEX/OPEX savings, the ability to easily scale and be future proof, the highest level of security and up to 90 percent space savings capabilities.

“BSRIA’s 2015 network cabling market brief cited that POL will experience significant growth, gaining market share and awareness in the LAN market, solidifying its position as a disruptive technology,” said Martin Chiesa, BSRIA senior researcher. “Two years later, we have released the third edition of our POL report and found that POL has evolved faster than our most optimistic expectations.”

Hanover Research also found industry perceptions that supported this shift in a recent Passive Optical LAN survey.  According to the report, 88 percent of industry professionals considered POL more appealing than copper-based LANs. Awareness is also on the upswing, as 83 percent of respondents have heard of POL technology, with 44 percent being familiar with details surrounding the technology.

“The findings from the Hanover Research POL survey showcases how the industry perception of POL has evolved very quickly over the last few years,” said John Hoover, Tellabs Senior Product Manager and APOLAN Board member. “The most appealing benefits driving this growth, according to survey participants, are product quality, reliability, longevity and POL’s centralized management capabilities.”

Gartner provides additional insight into the challenges and opportunities POL has to offer in its recent report, “Does Passive Optical LAN Have a Future in Your Access Network?” According to the report synopsis, Passive Optical LAN can be an alternative to the traditional structured cabling and Ethernet network when new LAN cabling infrastructure is needed. Gartner recommends you consider POL to help reduce building construction costs in situations where there is a need to simplify network operations for greenfield deployments, where there is a lack of local IT staff, where there is a need for long cable runs, and when security is the highest priority.

For additional information about the reports listed above visit:

About The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN)

The Association for Passive Optical LAN is a non-profit organization that is driving adoption and educating the market about the technical and economic advantages of passive optical LAN technology. Through its membership, which is comprised of manufacturers, distributors, integrators and consulting companies actively involved in the marketplace, the Association hopes to help designers, engineers, architects, building owners, CIOs and IT departments implement and successfully use passive optical LAN. For more information, visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/



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