Verizon Business is has built a $1.5 million demonstration facility in Columbia, Md., where it can showcase a passive optical network (PON) architecture for its federal clients.
The company's optical LAN technology carriers data, voice and video on a single fiber, making it one of the most energy-efficient wide area network infrastructure options out there. In fact, Verizon figures that when you compare with a switch-based Ethernet solution using copper and multimode cables capable of supporting 1,000 users with its own network, it can reduce power consumption up to 75 percent while shrinking space requirements by up to 80 percent. This podcast gets into more detail. (Warning, though, it's more than eight minutes long.)