OnePath Proposes PON Protocol

PRINCETON, N.J. -- OnePath Networks, a leading provider of broadband optical access systems for the residential market, has developed a new communications protocol that could set the standard for how service providers deliver data, video and voice communications over fiber to homes and businesses. The new Ethernet passive optical network (EPON) protocol was unveiled by OnePath Networks as part of a tutorial to provide members of an IEEE study group with technical information on Ethernet protocols and how they work in access network equipment. The "Ethernet in the First Mile" Study Group, formed by the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers in November 2000 and now in the early stages of studying the feasibility of Ethernet-based local- and metro-area networks, held its second meeting on March 13-14 in Hilton Head, SC.

Howard Loboda, OnePath Networks' chief technology officer, termed EPON an "optimum solution to facilitate the development of an access network infrastructure." He also described the benefits of the unique OnePath protocol, which took a year to develop, saying it was designed to enable IP Ethernet PON-based FTTX equipment to "deliver cost-effective high-speed optical bandwidth, multivendor interoperability and seamless scaling, with economical deployment and maintenance."

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