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On the potential of optical switching in future communication networks
Author(s): Tarek S. El-Bawab
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Paper Abstract

During the 1990s, a lot of promises were made concerning optical switching and the role it will play in future transport networks. A new optical layer based on Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) and optical switching was envisioned. As the industry is going through a downturn, optical switching has not been deployed and the optical layer has not been realized in practice. In this paper, we look at the past and present of optical switching and try to explore its potential in future networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5247, Optical Transmission Systems and Equipment for WDM Networking II, (19 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.510771
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Tarek S. El-Bawab, Alcatel USA (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5247:
Optical Transmission Systems and Equipment for WDM Networking II
Benjamin B. Dingel; Werner Weiershausen; Achyut K. Dutta; Ken-Ichi Sato, Editor(s)

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