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Optical access networks: limitations and prospects
Author(s): Ali Nouroozifar; Hassan Naser; Hussein T. Mouftah
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Paper Abstract

Explosion of data and mass availability of Internet connections around the globe had created huge bandwidth requirements for bandwidth hungry applications. Despite the technological advances in the core and their ability to transport, still much work has to be done in the access networks in order to be able to let the broadband traffic be transmitted transparently. Current solutions for access networks do not provide a concrete solution for the famous last mile problem. In this review we will investigate optical access networks as viable solutions to the ongoing problems in the access networks. Further we will study physical and technological limitations with the current state-of-the-art optical technology. We will address the optical access networks promises in responding to these shortcomings. We will thoroughly study passive optical networks (PONs), reviewing different type of PONs considering their benefits and limitations. We will conclude our study with comparison of these current solutions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5579, Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Telecommunications, Sensors, Software, and Lasers, (16 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567506
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Ali Nouroozifar, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Hassan Naser, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Hussein T. Mouftah, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5579:
Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Telecommunications, Sensors, Software, and Lasers
Donna Strickland; Trevor J. Hall; Stoyan Tanev; Xiaoyi Bao; Franko Kueppers; David V. Plant, Editor(s)

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