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FTTx Passive Optical Networks (PONs)

Objectives: From this self-study lesson you should learn:
  • What is a FTTH PON?
  • What are the differences between BPON, GPON and EPON?
  • What are RFOG and WDM PONs?
  • What is a POL and who is using it?

A PON (passive optical network) utilizes a passive splitter that takes one input and splits it up to broadcast to many users to cut the cost of the links substantially by sharing one set of electronics and an expensive laser with up to 32 homes. There are three main types of PONs, BPOB, GPON and EPON that are standardized and in widespread use today.

This Fiber U self-study program will introduce you to the three types of PONs and explain how they work..

The course leads you to read online or printed materials (with an emphasis on the online using the FOA Guide), watch FOA YouTube Videos, complete some activities and take the quizzes. Each lesson plan will be self-contained. Lesson plans open in new pages so the course overview page stays open to lead you to the next lesson or you may use the link at the bottom of the page.

Student Assignment

Read the references, watch the videos and take the quizzes (Test Your Knowledge)

Online FOA Reference
FOA Online Guide to Fiber Optics
FTTx PON Standards, Specifications and Protocols 

Lecture 64 FTTH Passive Optical Networks (PONs)

Reference Textbook
The Fiber Optic Association Fiber To The Home Handbook: Chapter 3

Extra Credit Reading
Assignments beyond the basics required for the course will be listed as extra credit.

Test Your Knowledge
Online Quiz

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