Look at an aspect of our lives that wireless technology doesn’t touch yet— and it’s a safe bet that it will in some way within the next few years. IEEE SA is developing new standards to help guide the ongoing growth of wireless technology—and, more importantly, functionality for the people and organizations who use it.
Among the latest proposed standards on which work has begun is one designed to help foster the growth of Ethernet Passive Optical Networks in a cost-effective way. IEEE P802.3bk™, “Draft Standard for Information technology–Telecommunications and information exchange between systems–Local and metropolitan area networks–Specific requirements Part 3: Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection (CSMA/CD) Access Method and Physical Layer Specifications Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for Extended Ethernet Passive Optical Networks,” is being developed to extend the optical loss budgets supported by Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPONs). In this way, the individually-based standard would be designed to support broadband service providers in utilizing EPONs for higher-density and longer-reach applications, while optimizing costs of ownership.