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Cost effective FITL technologies for small business and residential customers
Author(s): Niels Engell Andersen; Peter Woolnough; Juergen Seidenberg; Mario F. S. Ferreira
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Paper Abstract

FIRST is a RACE project where 5 main European telecoms operators, 4 equipment manufacturers and one university have joined up to define and test in a field trial in Portugal a cost effective Optical Access Network. The main design target has been a system which gives cost effective provision of wideband services for small and medium business customers. The system however, incorporates provision of telephone, ISDN and analog and digital video for residential customers as well. Technologies have been chosen with the objective of providing a simple, robust and flexible system where initial deployment costs are low and closely related to the service take up. The paper describes the main technical features of the system and network applications which shows how the system may be introduced in network planning. The system is based on Passive Optical Network technology where video is distributed in the 1550 nm window and telecoms services transmitted at 1300 nm in full duplex mode. The telecoms system provides high capacity, flexibility in loop length and robustness towards outside plant performance. The Subcarrier Multiple Access (SCMA) method is used for upstream transmission of bi-directional telecoms services. SCMA has advantages compared to the Time Division Multiple Access technology used in other systems. Bandwidth/cost tradeoff is better and the lower requirements to the outside plant increases the overall cost benefit. Optical beat noise due to overlapping of laser spectra which may be a problem for this technology has been addressed with success through the use of a suitable modulation and control technique. This technology is further validated in the field trial. The video system provides cost effective long distance transmission on standard fiber with externally modulated lasers and cascaded amplifiers. Coexistence of analog and digital video on one fiber with different modulation schemes i.e. BPSK, QPSK and 64 QAM have been validated. Total life cycle cost evaluations based on availability data, maintenance requirements and expectations for service development have been made. The field trial will be running for two years.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2450, Broadband Networks: Strategies and Technologies, (17 February 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.201288
Show Author Affiliations
Niels Engell Andersen, NKT Elektronik (Denmark)
Peter Woolnough, BT Labs. (United Kingdom)
Juergen Seidenberg, Kabelrheydt (Germany)
Mario F. S. Ferreira, Telecom Portugal (Portugal)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2450:
Broadband Networks: Strategies and Technologies
Robert A. Cryan; P. Nalinaj Fernando; Pierpaolo Ghiggino; John M. Senior, Editor(s)

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