Active Ethernet Network
A FTTH/FTTB Active Ethernet Network consists of a Central Office (CO) connecting to the Customer Premises Equipment (CPE).
Active Ethernet Networks use a point-to-point architecture in which each end customer is connected to the Central Office (CO) on a dedicated fibre.
Passive Optical Network
A FTTH /FTTB Passive Optical Network consists of an optical line terminal (OLT) at the service provider’s central office and a number of optical network units (ONUs) near end-users.
Passive Optical Networks use point-to-multipoint fibre connections to the customer premises. The use of passive optical splitters enables the CO to serve multiple customers from one single port.