1. Introduction

  1. Dave Hood and
  2. Elmar Trojer

Published Online: 6 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118156070.ch1

Gigabit-Capable Passive Optical Networks

Gigabit-Capable Passive Optical Networks

How to Cite

Hood, D. and Trojer, E. (2012) Introduction, in Gigabit-Capable Passive Optical Networks, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118156070.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470936870

Online ISBN: 9781118156070



  • asynchronous transfer mode (ATM);
  • gigabit-capable passive optical network (G-PON)


This chapter provides an overview and history of the book, which details one of the technologies for fiber in the loop (FITL), namely gigabit-capable passive optical network (G-PON) technology, along with its 10-Gb sibling XG-PON. The G-PON family is standardized by the International Telecommunications Union—Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), while EPON comes from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The chapter illustrates the fundamental components of a PON. It then focuses on evolution of G-PON technology and standards. The first generation of what might be termed modern PON was based on asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), originally designated A-PON. Like G-PON, B-PON is defined by the ITU-T, in the G.983 series of recommendations.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

asynchronous transfer mode; passive optical networks