Balanced vs. Unbalanced PON: Key Differences and Deployment Impact

Choosing the right PON architecture for your network

Demand for fiber internet is at an all-time high, and networks based on passive optical network (PON) and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology have become the gold standard for new builds.

As a service provider planning your network build and deployment, you have a choice between two PON architectures: balanced and unbalanced. But which is best for you?

The answer lies in the specifics of your service area—whether you’re building for a rural town or a densely populated city—as well as your build approach. In some cases, you may even need to use a mix.
This white paper examines both network architecture types to help you make an informed decision.
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Download the white paper to learn:
  • Use cases for balanced vs unbalanced PON
  • The pros and cons of each
  • Typical deployment scenarios
  • Impact on network certification and testing