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APOLAN Identifies Key Markets Driving Passive Optical Network Adoption

Press release

September 20, 2022 9:30 a.m. EDT

NEW YORK, September 20, 2022 ( –
The Association for Passive Optical LANs (APOLAN), the non-profit organization that promotes education and global adoption of Passive Optical LANs (POLs), today announced the top five verticals driving the replacement of copper-based networks with solutions POL.

“Worldwide, passive optical networks are a critical component of smart buildings and campuses to enable communications and operational systems that deliver data and optimize building performance,” said Brian E. Hardy, executive vice president of ITConnect and President of APOLAN. “POL solutions enable management, operations and end users to take advantage of these services while being durable, secure, safe, reliable and resilient.”

Based on feedback from APOLAN members and industry stakeholders, APOLAN has determined the key markets driving the POL adoption trend:

Hospitality: Hotel and resort customers expect online speed, bandwidth and access to content. Missed delivery can hurt the customer experience, leading to reduced repeat business and poor online reviews that make potential customers reconsider before booking. POL solutions enable hospitality businesses to reliably deliver the online services, performance, and security that guests demand.

All corporate offices: IT managers in all verticals are constantly challenged to deliver higher performance and bandwidth, more sophisticated security and scalability in their business office networks (e.g. headquarters, data centers, etc.) calls, regional offices), while keeping costs low. To meet these demands, sales offices are increasingly relying on POL solutions, which provide a fast, reliable and secure IT backbone.

Government: Federal, state and local governments often struggle to keep up with technological advancements while saving energy and costs. POL solutions “future-proof” government networks by minimizing the need for costly and disruptive cabling and equipment upgrades. They also reduce equipment and installation costs, thermal and floor space requirements, cooling and power consumption, and overall operating costs.

Health care: Medical staff need fast and secure networks to collect, store and retrieve high-resolution medical images, disseminate patient information and collaborate with other healthcare professionals. POL solutions support high capacity, speed and security for the delivery of essential medical and patient/guest services.

Education: More than ever, students, teachers and administrators rely on connectivity for educational services. Whether providing online distance education or utilizing alternative learning methods in the classroom, academic institutions can leverage POL’s unlimited bandwidth, unparalleled security, and global flexibility.

Across these markets, POL solutions enable buildings and campuses to achieve improved efficiency at lower cost, and support green buildings and more efficient spaces. They also provide scalable, high-speed infrastructure to keep pace with the technology demands of today and tomorrow. For more information on POL benefits, visit

About the Association for Passive Optical LANs
APOLAN is a non-profit organization that encourages adoption and educates the market on the benefits of passive optical networking technology. Through its members, made up of manufacturers, distributors, integrators and market consulting firms, the association hopes to help designers, engineers, architects, building owners, CIOs and IT departments to successfully implement and use passive optical networks.

Source: Association for Passive Optical LANs

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