New educational approaches require advanced communications networks, and passive optical LANs (POLs) are a good fit for university campuses.
- New educational technologies have the opportunity to significantly improve educational approaches and student outcomes, but these technologies require advanced communications networks to ensure high-quality delivery throughout the campus.
- POLs provide strong advantages over traditional Ethernet-based LANs, including bandwidth capacity, longevity, ease of upgrade, power, and real estate.
- Many university IT and facilities departments are unfamiliar with POLs, leaving IT directors to upgrade Ethernet LANs every few years rather than evaluating a new approach.
Features and Benefits
- Evaluates POLs and their use on the university campus.
- Assesses the advantages and disadvantages of a POL compared to a traditional LAN, focusing on higher education campuses.
- Identifies a key driver of bandwidth demand in the university setting.
Key questions answered
- What is a POL and how does it compare to a traditional LAN? What are its advantages and disadvantages?
- Why does a POL fit the networking requirements of a university?
- How are bandwidth requirements in the university environment changing?
Table of contents
Recommendations for universities
Recommendations for vendors and system integrators
ICT spending is expected to remain strong
Infrastructure and communications segments represent 38% of the ICT budget
AR and VR enhance student learning
But more bandwidth will be needed throughout the campus
A brief background on POLs, LANs, and the upgrade
The basics of a POL and a traditional LAN
Moving from a traditional LAN to a POL
A POL's pros and cons for a university campus
A POL mostly brings advantages, but the lack of familiarity is a key issue
Selected case studies
Cost savings with future-proofing take the headlines