What is fibre lan

Fibre LAN or Passive Optical LAN is a revolution in local area networking!

Sometimes referred to as P-LAN, Fibre LAN is the future of local area connectivity. Using new, pliable fibre optic cables P-LAN can replace or even work alongside current copper LAN infrastructures.

Using passive components throughout a fibre network means that power consumption, energy costs and on-site network maintenance issues are removed from the network.

Based around GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) technology P-LAN provides a secure, future proof, resilient, low management high performance network.

Over the last ten years GPON technology has been deployed to millions of users around the world to provide voice, video and data services. This highly efficient network architecture ensures that a wide range of services can be accessed by users as quickly as possible (at the speed of light) without adversely impacting other users. 

 Optical LANs: A transformative solution for a connected future


Passive optical LANs are significantly faster, more efficient, sustainable, cost effective, scalable and more adaptable to future requirements than traditional copper-based infrastructure. Optical LANs remove the distance constraints, power requirements and heat dispersion issues associated with copper. They deliver increased network security, performance and operational efficiency.

There is no doubt that this is the future of network connectivity.

Passcomm has supplied the passive equipment to connect 1000+ customers to Optical LANs that deliver five key advantages over legacy copper LAN technologies.


Optical LANs are simpler than copper. There is less equipment and cabling to house and maintain. Centralized management makes changes easier, faster and more cost effective. Fibre has the ability to converge multiple services into one medium dramatically simplifies operations. Optical LANs remove the need for expensive, power hungry switchgear.


Optical LAN’s are immune to electromagnetic, radio frequency and electromagnetic pulse interference, and far less susceptible to intrusion than copper.


Optical LANs’ endpoint capacity surpasses copper by a factor of four. Single-mode fibre cable used in optical LANs can reach 30 kilometres without signal regeneration. Superior density and reach, combined with lower installation costs, mean maximum scalability.


Optical LAN’s typically deliver carrier-class 99.999 percent availability. Redundancy and distribution network options further protect availability. And optical cabling is future proof, with the bandwidth to support migration to next-gen technologies without requiring replacement.


Fewer electronics, less cabling, no telecom closets and lower power consumption mean reduced network costs. Greater density and reach along with future-proof cable bandwidth mean scalability to meet future needs.

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Why Fibre Vs. Copper?

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    Future Proof

    Advances in technology never stop moving, from simple handheld personal devices, to computers, to company network architectures.

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    Keeping pace with these advances has led to networks packed with an array of racks, wires, patch panels, and switches.

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    Designing a new network infrastructure or refurbishing your existing network is a significant investment. Traditional network designs carry an array of considerations; capacity, efficiency, security, scalability, capital investment, and green initiatives.

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    Fibre has demonstrably superior performance

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    Smaller or Reduced Footprint (Equipment is much smaller)

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    Fibre is Greener than Copper

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    Increase Distance

    A signal can be transmitted, without a repeater, by up to 12 miles.

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    Fibre is Less Expensive than Copper-wire

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    More Secure

    Unmatched Security

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    Cable diameter

    Fibre has a much smaller Cable Diameter (Significantly harder to tap than copper)

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    No interference

    Fibre has no cross-talk


Multi-floor Office/Building Complex 

P-LAN is well positioned to provide bandwidth relief as new applications to the desktop continue to explode and the emerging “Cloud-Computing” environment threatens to further restrict already clogged LAN networks. Similarly, new graphic intensive applications, video sharing and editing all place new constraints on the Legacy Copper Switched LAN.

Multi-building Campus

Multi-Building Campus environments, where distance and operational cost are major considerations for delivering voice, video and high speed data, P-LAN is the optimal solution!

Multi-floor: Hotel

In the Hospitality Industry where space is limited and demands for High Speed Internet Access, Voice, Television and Security monitoring is increasing, P-LAN provides optimal performance characteristics for the preferred LAN infrastructure.

Multi-building – Harsh – Environment – Industrial/Factory Complex)

Developed for Industrial, Factory or other harsh environments where high speed data, voice and security cameras are mandatory, but space, cooling and power are limited as P-LAN provides Passive Optical Splitters – suited for any environment.

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