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Hybrid free-space optical/microwave communication networks: a unique solution for ultrahigh-speed local loop connectivity
Author(s): Gerald R. Clark; Heinz A. Willebrand; Maha Achour
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Paper Abstract

12 Recently, free space optical communication systems have been discussed as solutions to provide high-speed local loop connectivity in metropolitan area network environments. Free space optical technology is capable of providing much higher bandwidth than any other competing wireless connectivity options such as classical RF or microwave systems. A widespread concern regarding free space optical systems is related to its capability to provide the high availability figures commonly envisioned by network service providers. Wireless microwave systems tend to have high availability figures, but at the expense of the ability to operate at higher data rates. LightPointe suggests an integrated network solution that combines the benefits of both technologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4214, Optical Wireless Communications III, (6 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417514
Show Author Affiliations
Gerald R. Clark, LightPointe Communications, Inc. (United States)
Heinz A. Willebrand, LightPointe Communications, Inc. (United States)
Maha Achour, LightPointe Communications, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4214:
Optical Wireless Communications III
Eric J. Korevaar, Editor(s)

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