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Future integrated broadband fiber, wireless, and satellite networks
Author(s): Vincent W. S. Chan
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Paper Abstract

With the increasing technical maturity in fiber, wireless and satellite communication technologies, new horizons are becoming feasible for future broadband networks, providing economical data rates well in excess of Gbps for stationary and mobile users as well as novel applications these advanced network services will permit. This talk explores the future architecture possibilities of such a network using new and radical technology building blocks such as: free space laser communications, multiple access multi-beam data satellite communications, novel all-optical network transport/switching and analog transmission and processing over optical carriers that support coherent distributed platform sensing and communications. We will articulate why we have to design this new network across layers from the Physical Layer to the Network and Transport Layers (even the Application Layer). Not only can future network performance and cost undergo quantum-leap improvements; such a network can have profound transforming effects on space and terrestrial system architectures for sensing, healthcare, early warning systems, disaster relief, research collaborations and other new commercial applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 October 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6388, Optical Transmission Systems and Equipment for Networking V, 638805 (2 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.674529
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Vincent W. S. Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6388:
Optical Transmission Systems and Equipment for Networking V
Benjamin B. Dingel; Ken-ichi Sato; Werner Weiershausen; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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