Today’s students live in a connected world: digital learning technologies, entertainment via high-speed Internet, smart phones and wireless TV are just a sample of the technologies that students consider essential. From elementary schools to college campuses, robust and high-speed Internet networks are vital for students and faculty.

Passive Optical LAN from DZS delivers secure, high-speed Internet access to educational institutions in support of a variety of services including: WiFi access in rooms and common areas, remote learning capabilities, Smart Boards, interactive projectors, workstations and more.

Based on carrier-class equipment, Passive Optical LAN typically provides 99.999% availability with redundant and high availability options to increase uptime even further.

With Passive Optical LAN, data can be transmitted through a strand of single mode fiber for up to 20 km (12 miles), thus eliminating the inherent distance limitation of traditional copper cable. POL provides a modern, future-ready, and environmentally friendly network infrastructure.

Recognizing that schools must work within tight budgets, our POL solution called FiberLAN offers a cost-effective solution that is easier to implement compared to replacing or repairing traditional copper-based platforms.   Engineered for performance and value, DZS’s FiberLAN solution provides the highest density access switches available in the industry, helping schools save money and conserve valuable real estate.   This allows administrators to put money back in to what matters most – educating students.

The cost savings is dramatic, especially when you start to get into larger buildings. When we compared the final costs of the two newest residence halls, Northside and Global Scholars Hall, we saw a savings of nearly $630,000 with the DZS GPON solution compared to copper. That equates to a 44 percent savings, which are real dollars that we can put back into other improvements.

Wallace Chase, former Director of Networking at Washington State University, USA

Whether starting from the ground-up or updating an existing infrastructure, FiberLAN technology can be deployed and will remain relevant for the next 25 years or longer.


  • Significant CAPEX and OPEX savings
  • Lower TCO
  • Lower Equipment Cost
  • Reduced power consumption
  • No cooling required for wiring closets
  • Future ready infrastructure (25+ years)
  • More secure
  • Optimizes network performance
  • Massive reduction in floor and rack space consumption
  • Minimizes environmental impact

Network Diagram

Copper LAN Technology
Passive Optical LAN

Case Studies / Related Stories

DZS has deployed projects worldwide in a variety of schools and universities connecting administrative offices, student housing and athletic fields.