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What is Active Ethernet?

Active Ethernet is a point-to-point fiber access technology used to deliver dedicated high-speed internet and other services to businesses, enterprises or even residences.

In an Active Ethernet network, subscriber locations with an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) are connected directly to the broadband service provider’s Ethernet access switch or an Optical Line Terminal (OLT) in the network via a dedicated fiber optic cable. This means that each subscriber has their own dedicated connection to the network, which can provide high-speed internet with low latency, high reliability and symmetrical bandwidth meaning that the upload and download speeds are the same.

Another benefit is that Active Ethernet can support multiple services, such as voice and video, over a single fiber optic cable. However, the downside of Active Ethernet is that it can be expensive to deploy, as each subscriber requires their own dedicated fiber optic cable. Additionally, it can be more challenging to manage and maintain than other optical fiber access technologies such as Passive Optical Networks (PON).

What is Active Ethernet? diagram

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