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FSO and quality of service software prediction
Author(s): O. Bouchet; T. Marquis; M. Chabane; M. Alnaboulsi; H. Sizun
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Paper Abstract

Free-space optical (FSO) communication links constitute an alternative option to radio relay links and to optical cables facing growth needs in high-speed telecommunications (abundance of unregulated bandwidth, rapid installation, availability of low-cost optical components offering a high data rate, etc). Their operationalisation requires a good knowledge of the atmospheric effects which can negatively affect role propagation and the availability of the link, and thus to the quality of service (QoS). Better control of these phenomena will allow for the evaluation of system performance and thus assist with improving reliability. The aim of this paper is to compare the behavior of a FSO link located in south of France (Toulouse: with the following parameters: around 270 meters (0.2 mile) long, 34 Mbps data rate, 850 nm wavelength and PDH frame) with airport meteorological data. The second aim of the paper is to assess in-house FSO quality of service prediction software, through comparing simulations with the optical link data and the weather data. The analysis uses in-house software FSO quality of service prediction software ("FSO Prediction") developed by France Telecom Research & Development, which integrates news fog fading equations (compare to Kim & al.) and includes multiple effects (geometrical attenuation, atmospheric fading, rain, snow, scintillation and refraction attenuation due to atmospheric turbulence, optical mispointing attenuation). The FSO link field trial, intended to enable the demonstration and evaluation of these different effects, is described; and preliminary results of the field trial, from December 2004 to May 2005, are then presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5892, Free-Space Laser Communications V, 589204 (31 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.614912
Show Author Affiliations
O. Bouchet, France Telecom Research & Development Division (France)
T. Marquis, France Telecom Research & Development Division (France)
M. Chabane, France Telecom Research & Development Division (France)
M. Alnaboulsi, France Telecom Research & Development Division (France)
Univ. de Bourgogne (France)
H. Sizun, France Telecom Research & Development Division (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5892:
Free-Space Laser Communications V
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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