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Opportunities and challenges for optical wireless: the competitive advantage of free space telecommunications links in today's crowded marketplace
Author(s): Theresa H. Carbonneau; David Roger Wisely
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Paper Abstract

Never before has the opportunity for terrestrial optical wireless communications links been so great. The high data rates attainable, up to OC-24, make it a very attractive and cost effective alternative to traditional fiber optic and microwave links. With today's demand for interactive multimedia-based applications, such as video conferencing and telemedicine, optical wireless products are the only ones that can provide the needed bandwidth in situations when it is too costly or impossible to install fiber optic cable. Recent developments in laser and optics technologies, in addition to auto beam tracking, permit transmission units to achieve excellent performance rates in all weather conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 January 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3232, Wireless Technologies and Systems: Millimeter-Wave and Optical, (23 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.301022
Show Author Affiliations
Theresa H. Carbonneau, fSONA Corp. (Canada)
David Roger Wisely, BT Labs. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3232:
Wireless Technologies and Systems: Millimeter-Wave and Optical
Paul Christopher; Leland Langston; G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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