Zhone Technologies, Inc : Industry Association Aims to Accelerate Development of the Passive Optical LAN Industry

Zhone Technologies, Inc : Industry Association Aims to Accelerate Development
                     of the Passive Optical LAN Industry


          Industry Association Aims to Accelerate Development of the
                         Passive Optical LAN Industry


      Key ecosystem players join forces to educate and drive adoption of
                             Passive Optical LAN

New York,  N.Y.  - August  6,  2013 -  Corning,  IBM, SAIC,  TE  Connectivity, 
Tellabs, Zhone and  3M have  formed the  Association for  Passive Optical  LAN 
(APOLAN). The association's mission is advocating for the education and global
adoption of passive optical networks in the local area network (LAN) industry.

Passive Optical LAN represents a revolutionary change for the IT industry.  As 
the next generation for LAN infrastructure, it provides the simplicity,  scale 
and bandwidth to address  current and future  demand, while minimizing  costly 
and disruptive cabling  and equipment upgrades.  In addition, Passive  Optical 
LAN can  deliver substantial  savings in  capital and  operational costs  over 
traditional workgroup switch-based LAN architectures. Significant savings  can 
be realized in almost every  aspect of an implementation, including  equipment 
costs, power,  cooling,  installation and  floor  space. Passive  Optical  LAN 
serves as the optimized means to deliver voice, video, data, wireless  access, 
security and high-performance building  automation for the federal  government 
and commercial enterprise. Passive Optical LAN saves money, energy and space.

APOLAN comprises members  involved in  providing infrastructure,  electronics, 
integration,  distribution,  and  consulting   services,  as  well  as   other 
organizations supporting the growth of the Passive Optical LAN industry.

"With dataand video consumption  forecast to grow  between 7-10Xin the  next 
few years, the demand for highly cost-effective and high-quality voice, video,
and data continues to grow in the enterprise LAN market space, making  Passive 
Optical LAN  an appealing  solution to  address current  and future  bandwidth 
demands," said Nav Chander, research manager, Enterprise Telecom at IDC.  "The 
APOLAN will provide valuable education and guidance to those considering  this 
type of networking solution, and I expect they will serve as strong  advocates 
for its global adoption." 

"Participation in  the  APOLAN is  open  to all  organizations  interested  in 
leveraging Passive  Optical Networking  to revolutionize  the way  local  area 
networks are designed, deployed, and managed," said Dave Cunningham, president
and chairman of the  APOLAN. "The deployments of  Passive Optical LAN to  date 
have demonstrated  significant cost  and  performance advantages  compared  to 
traditional Ethernet designs, and  the optical foundation "future-proofs"  the 
network for any new bandwidth demand - a clear advantage over existing  copper 

APOLAN held its founding meeting  in March to draft  its bylaws and elect  its 

President: Dave E. Cunningham, Corning
Vice President: John W. Short, IBM
Secretary: Joseph D. Marmion, Tellabs
Treasurer: John Winship, SAIC

Board of Directors
Board Chairman: Dave E. Cunningham, Corning
Board Chair-Elect: S. Blaine Overstreet, SAIC
Director: Jeffery H. Jones, IBM
Director: Ryland J. Marek, 3M
Director: Thomas C. Ruvarac, Tellabs
Director: Brian O'Connell, TE Connectivity
Director: Brian Caskey, Zhone

For more information, or to apply for membership, please visit our website:

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 on  the technical  and  economic 
advantages of  Passive  Optical  LAN technology.  Through  its  ecosystems  of 
manufacturers, distributors,  integrators, and  consulting companies  actively 
involved in  the  marketplace,  APOLAN  helps  design  engineers,  architects, 
building owners, CIOs and IT departments succeed with Passive Optical LAN. For
more information visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/


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