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Triple play rollouts are one of the bright spots in the global telecom industry. Carriers and municipalities that announce plans to rollout triple play (voice, video and data) services are faced with a number of choices for an access mechanism - DSL, Fiber or even wireless. This paper focuses on fiber as the access mechanism and compares the Active Ethernet and PON architectures. The paper shows how Active Ethernet is not only more cost-effective than PON but also results in a more profitable services platform that accommodates the inevitable changes in services over time.
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