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We present an analysis of linear in-band crosstalk in high split long reach wavelength/time-division-multiplexing passive optical networks (WDM-TDM PONs). In this letter, a mathematical model is deducted for the first time to calculate optical signal-to-noise ratio penalties due to in-band crosstalk in multipoint-to-point networks. The network performance can be perturbed by in-band crosstalk caused by power leakages from burst-mode optical network units (ONUs) in off-state. Our study results show that the leaked powers in upstream ONU transmitters can have an impact on the achievable split factor of WDM-TDM PONs. Furthermore, the performance limitations caused by aggregated interburst residual power are discussed.