Organizations promoting Ethernet, Passive Optical Networks, and FTTx

IEEE802.3ah Task Force IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet in the First Mile Task Force
The EFM task force has been chartered to apply the proven and widely used Ethernet networking protocol to the subscriber access market. Ethernet in the subscriber access network offers several advantages over traditional first mile technologies in terms of cost, network simplicity, packet-based efficiency, bandwidth, scaling, and provisioning.
IEEE 802.3av Task Force
The 802.3av developed 10Gb/s PHY for EPON. The new specification supports two configurations: symmetric, operating at 10 Gbit/s data rate in both directions, and asymmetric, operating at 10 Gbit/s in the downstream (provider to customer) direction and 1 Gbit/s in the upstream direction. The IEEE 802.3av standard was ratified in 2009.
IEEE p1904.1 Service Interoperability in Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (SIEPON)
The purpose of the SIEPON standard is to build upon the IEEE 802.3ah (1G-EPON) and IEEE 802.3av (10G-EPON) Physical layer and Data Link layer standards and create a system-level and network-level standard, thus allowing full "plug-and-play" interoperability of the transport, service, and control planes in a multi-vendor environment.
EFM-FAQ Ethernet in the First Mile | Frequently Asked Questions
Maintained by Ethernet in the First Mile expert Michael Beck, this website is dedicated to frequently asked questions about EFM. You can help improve this FAQ by sending your questions or information about EFM.
EFMA Ethernet Alliance
The mission of the Ethernet Alliance is to promote industry awareness, acceptance, and advancement of technology and products based on both existing and emerging IEEE 802 Ethernet standards and their management.
The Ethernet Alliance provides resources to establish and demonstrate multi-vendor interoperability of IEEE 802 Ethernet products and their management.
IOL University of New Hampshire | InterOperability Laboratory
InterOperability Laboratory is investigating the area of Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM), as is being proposed by the IEEE 802.3ah Task Force. Current areas of investigation include EPON, Optical Point to Point, EFM Copper, and OAM. Several EFM test suits are under development now.
Full Service Access Initiative (FSAN)
The FSAN group was created by a group of service providers in order to facilitate the creation of suitable access network equipment standards and hence reduce the price of affordable equipment.
Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)
The mission of the Corporation will be to accelerate the adoption of optical Ethernet as the technology of choice in the metro networks.
EFMA Ethernet in the First Mile Alliance (EFMA)
The EFMA promotes standards based Ethernet in the First Mile technology and encourages the utilization and implementation of Ethernet in the First Mile as a key networking technology for local subscriber access networks.
The EFMA was absorbed by the Metro Ethernet Forum in 2004.
Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council
FTTH Council is a non-profit organization comprising of telecommunications, computing, networking, applications, content and service provider companies. Our mission is to educate, promote, and accelerate FTTH and the resulting quality-of-life enhancements.