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11 November 2008 Fiber in access technologies and network convergence: an opportunity for optical integration
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Proceedings Volume 7136, Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems VI; 713623 (2008)
Event: Asia-Pacific Optical Communications, 2008, Hangzhou, China
Broadband networks are among the fastest growing segment in telecom. The initial and still very significant push originated with xDSL technologies and indeed a significant amount of research and development is still occurring in this field with impressive results and allowing for a remarkable use of the installed copper infrastructure way beyond its originally planned bandwidth capabilities. However it is clear that ultimately a more suitable fiber based infrastructure will be needed in order to reduce both operational and network technology costs. Such cost reduction in inevitable as the added value to end users is only related to services and these cannot be priced outside a sensible window, whilst the related bandwidth increase is much more dramatic and its huge variability must be met with little or no cost impact by the network and its operation. Fiber in access has indeed the potential to cope with a huge bandwidth demand for many years to come as its inherent bandwidth capabilities are only just tapped by current service requirements. However the whole technology supply chain must follow in line. In particular optical technology must brace itself to cope with the required much larger deployment and greater cost effectiveness, whilst at the same time deliver performance suitable to the bandwidth increase offered in the longer term by the fiber medium. This paper looks at this issues and debates the opportunities for a new class of optical devices making use of the progress in optical integration
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Pierpaolo C. Ghiggino "Fiber in access technologies and network convergence: an opportunity for optical integration", Proc. SPIE 7136, Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems VI, 713623 (11 November 2008);


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