22 August 2002 Free-space optical communications: opportunities and challenges from a carrier's perspective
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Proceedings Volume 4911, Wireless and Mobile Communications II; (2002); doi: 10.1117/12.480489
Event: Asia-Pacific Optical and Wireless Communications 2002, 2002, Shanghai, China
The paper examines, from a carrier's perspective, the viability of free-space optical (FSO) technology as a cost-effective access alternative to fixed point-to-point applications. These include extension of metropolitan area edge networks, network backhaul, temporary deployment while awaiting fiber, disaster recovery, and low cost fiber protection circuits. The paper provides a detailed prognosis of the FSO and its complementing 60GHz RF technology, besides analyses of the total cost of ownership. This leads to some suggestions on how to improve the technical and economical viability of the technology for carriers' applications.
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James Pan, Mark Evans, Timothy Euler, Harold Johnson, Frank DeNap, "Free-space optical communications: opportunities and challenges from a carrier's perspective", Proc. SPIE 4911, Wireless and Mobile Communications II, (22 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.480489; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.480489

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