9. EPON Multipoint Control Protocol

  1. Wael William Diab and
  2. Howard M. Frazier

Published Online: 8 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118121993.ch9

Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone

Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone

How to Cite

Diab, W. W. and Frazier, H. M. (2011) EPON Multipoint Control Protocol, in Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118121993.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 24 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780738148380

Online ISBN: 9781118121993



  • Ethernet passive optical networks (EPONs);
  • multipoint control protocol (MPCP);
  • multipoint MAC control sublayer


This chapter discusses the multipoint control protocol (MPCP) and the multipoint MAC control sublayer for Ethernet passive optical networks (EPONs). It provides an overview of the protocol, and then describes the messages that the protocol employs. The chapter examines the registration process, as well as the mechanisms that are used to recover from failure events. It also demonstrates that the facilities provided by the protocol support a layered model that truly and faithfully emulates a network of point-to-point Ethernet links. Multipoint MAC control is an instance of the MAC control sublayer, augmenting the functionality of the Pause protocol with the MPCP. Multipoint control protocol data unit (MPCPDU) are untagged MAC control frames. The structure of an MPCPDU is shown in the chapter.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

10 Gigabit per second Ethernet Passive Optical Network; media access protocol