Fast tunable lasers in radio-over-fiber access networks
Kaszubowska-Anandarajah, Aleksandra and Connolly, Eoin M. and Barry, Liam P. and McDonald, David (2006) Fast tunable lasers in radio-over-fiber access networks. In: ICTON 2006 - 8th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, 18-22 June 2006, Nottingham, UK.
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The authors present a novel concept of employing optical wavelength packet switching (WPS) in radio-over-fiber (RoF) access networks. The Central Station is equipped with a fast tunable laser (TL), which is externally modulated with a data signal upconverted to a radio frequency. The information transmitted over the network is encoded onto different wavelengths depending on the destination base station (determined by an optical band-pass filter at that BS). Routing of traffic could be performed on a packet-by-packet basis. In such a system dynamic bandwidth allocation could be realised by varying the time the TL transmits on a particular wavelength, depending on the amount of data that needs to be sent from/to the BS. The feasibility of employing TLs in the realisation of such a system is verified by building a basic WPS RoF system. The measurements of the cross-channel interference due to the TL wavelength instability and drift are also presented. No power penalty was observed due to switching of the laser, suggesting that RoF systems based on TLs are a feasible solution to the last mile problem
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