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FTTx PON Technology and Testing

FTTx PON Technology and Testing
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Fiber-optic telecommunications began generating interest in the late 70s, but it wasn't until the mid-90s that the real breakthrough occurred. The optical amplifier and narrowband filter, for example, were the basis of WDM and DWDM, which would become some of the biggest buzzwords of all time. Indeed, the era of wavelength- and dense wavelength-division multiplexing was born and it would change the telecommunications world forever. 

The success of these innovations caused a tremendous increase in communication traffic and consequently, constant bandwidth demand and growth. This quickly led service providers to respond by bringing the optical fiber closer and closer to the premises, and finally to the premises itself and directly to home. New buzzwords - FTTx and PON - have emerged and a new era is beginning. 

Telecom engineers, technicians, managers and scholars alike will find in this book a detailed review of what has been done so far in this relatively new area of expertise, including all technical aspects, specifications, and performance requisites of the passive optical network. It examines different types of PONs (broadband, gigabit-capable and Ethernet-read) and, for each type, discusses the optical and protocol network layers in great detail. In addition, related testing requirements and solutions are presented and illustrated not only from the point of view of the network service provider, but also from the installer's and maintainer's standpoint. Finally, the reader will also find a list of available international standards, as well as useful definitions and acronyms.

The Author

Andre Girard holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in lasers from the Quebec National Scientific Research Institute and a B.Sc. in physics from Laval University in Canada. He has over 30 years of experience and expertise in optics.

Published in 2005.