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Optical Nk

Optical Nk

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INTRODUCTION TO OPTICAL NETWORK Why optical?


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Handle increase in IP traffic 1984: 50Mbps, 2001: 6.4Tbps Reduce cost of transmitting a bit Cost/bit down by 99% in last 5 years

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Enable new applications and services by pushing optics towards the edges INTRODUCTION:  There are two major standard groups: the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Telecommunication Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T).  Both organisations produced separate and incompatible 1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit standards.  The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) also specified Radio Frequency over Glass for carrying HFC RF signals over a passive optical network.  Wavelengths can be time-division multiplexed o into a series of aggregated connections  Sets of wavelengths can be spaced into o wavebands  Switching can be done by wavebands or o wavelengths  1 Cable can do multi terabits/sec
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the protocol used to allocate the capacity and manage the connection. with the latter now the most common. APON/BPON systems typically have downstream capacity of 155 Mbps or 622 Mbps. or fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). wavelengths treated as opaque objects. The passive simply describes the fact that optical transmission has no power requirements or active electronic parts once the signal is going through the network. or "cell switching") and were called "APON. passive optical network (PON) A passive optical network (PON) is a system that brings optical fiber cabling and signals all or most of the way to the end user. The first PON systems that achieved significant commercial deployment had an electrical layer built on Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM. with routing control brought out-of-band. A PON consists of an Optical Line Termination (OLT) at the communication company's office and a number of Optical Network Units (ONUs) near end users." These are still being used today. . the system can be described as fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC). Mostly. up to 32 ONUs can be connected to an OLT.• For “transparent optical network”. The limits on upstream and downstream bandwidth are set by the electrical overlay. Depending on where the PON terminates. although the term "broadband PON" or BPON is now applied. All PON systems have essentially the same theoretical capacity at the optical level. fiber-to-the-building (FTTB).

The OLT provides the interface between the PON and the service providers network services. the 28 dB budget will likely increase. up to 32. or video. one or more user nodes. typically RF (analog) video. EPON. Some ONUs implement a separate subscriber unit to provide services such as telephony. A PON consists of a central office node. GEPON. phone lines and coaxial cables) or DSL. called optical network units (ONUs) or optical network terminals (ONTs). in practice most PONs are deployed with a split ratio of 1x32 or smaller. most common is 28 dB of loss budget for both BPON and GPON. G. ONT is an ITU-T term to describe a special.power lines. As with bit rate. and the fibers and splitters between them. Forward error correction (FEC) may provide another 2–3 dB of loss budget on GPON systems. Ethernet data. called the optical distribution network (ODN). 28 dB corresponds to about 20 km with a 32-way split. As optics improve. or 100 Mbit/s Ethernet • standard time division multiplexed (TDM) interfaces such as SONET or Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) • Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) User–network interface (UNI) at 155–622 Mbit/s • . and GPON have the same basic wavelength plan and use the 1.Upstream transmission is in the form of cell bursts at 155 Mbps. An ONU is a device that terminates the PON and presents customer service interfaces to the user. the standards describe several optical budgets. using one wavelength for downstream traffic and another for upstream traffic on a single nondispersion-shifted fiber (ITU-T G. Network elements A PON takes advantage of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM). the ONU may be bridged to a customer premise device within the individual dwelling unit using technologies such as Ethernet over twisted pair.hn (a high-speed ITU-T standard that can operate over any existing home wiring . single-user case of an ONU. 1550 nm is reserved for optional overlay services. BPON. 10 Gbit/s. These typically include: Internet Protocol (IP) traffic over gigabit/s.652).490 nanometer (nm) wavelength for downstream traffic and 1310 nm wavelength for upstream traffic. called an optical line terminal (OLT).768 for EPON). In Multiple Tenant Units. but products have been announced using less expensive optics as well. Although both the GPON and EPON protocols permit large split ratios (up to 128 subscribers for GPON.

according to the traffic engineering concepts of statistical multiplexing. Through dynamic bandwidth allocation (DBA). and/or telemetry (TTL. the OLT transmits so-called grants to the individual ONUs. The only special feature in the PON architecture for downstream oversubscription is the fact that the ONU must be able to . (Downstream traffic can also be oversubscribed.The ONT or ONU terminates the PON and presents the native service interfaces to the user. bandwidth allocation The OLT is responsible for allocating upstream bandwidth to the ONUs. But much data traffic – internet surfing. The map allocates bandwidth to all ONUs. which provides the separate. The grant map is dynamically re-calculated every few milliseconds. Often. Because the optical distribution network (ODN) is shared.). in that the OLT sends a single stream of downstream traffic that is seen by all ONUs. such that each ONU receives timely bandwidth for its service needs. and • network termination equipment (NTE). The OLT measures delay and sets a register in each ONU via PLOAM (physical layer operations and maintenance) messages to equalize its delay with respect to all of the other ONUs on the PON. data (typically Ethernet or V. ECL. or multiservice Ethernet – toward the user. the ONU functions are separated into two parts: the ONU. RS530. a PON can be oversubscribed for upstream traffic. for example – is bursty and highly variable. etc. Each ONU only reads the content of those packets that are addressed to it. Some services – POTS. DS1 and some classes of data service may also require constant upstream bit rate. A grant is permission to use a defined interval of time for upstream transmission. video. which terminates the PON and presents a converged interface – such as xDSL. native service interfaces directly to the user • A PON is a shared network. for example – require essentially constant upstream bandwidth. and the OLT may provide a fixed bandwidth allocation to each such service that has been provisioned. These services can include voice (plain old telephone service (POTS) or voice over IP (VoIP)). coax. Once the delay of all ONUs has been set. ONU upstream transmissions could collide if they were transmitted at random times. Encryption is used to prevent eavesdropping on downstream traffic. ONUs can lie at varying distances from the OLT. meaning that the transmission delay from each ONU is unique. in the same way that any LAN can be oversubscribed.35).

) Overview of SONET • Synchronous Optical Network • Good for aggregating small flows into a fat pipe • Electric endpoints. troubleshooting functionality Drive to autoswitched network • Huge bandwidth to the enterprise – The curb – The house – The desktop • End hosts can submit requirements to the network. strong protection. costs. QoS Protocol and Services on Edge Devices Handle Protocol New Services Internet Access Access Feb. which can then configure itself to provide that service • Issues of APIs.accept completely arbitrary downstream time slots. 2002 EECS .UC Berkeley • • • ServicePoPs act as intermediary between service provider and customer Connectivity between ServicePoP and customer more important than provider to customer Feature is very fast infrastructure . both in time and in size. 5.

• Recently changed names to Automatic Switched Transport Network. 2002 EECS . • As a technology. 5.17) Put lan on top of man 50ms protection Current status .S ervicePoP Tape Tape Tape D ata C S ray upercom puter Tow box er What is ASON? M etro netw ork • The Automatic Switched Optical Network (ASON) is both a sw itched optical/m etro ethernet framework and a technology capability.UC Berkeley λn λ Layer Resilient packet ring (802. it refers to routing and signalling protocols applied to an optical network which enable dynamic path setup. • As a framework that describes a control and management architecture for an automatic switched optical transport network. Tower box Tow n ASON Layer Hierarchy Domain B Network Layer Domain A Domain E Domain D Domain C Domain Domain/Region Layer Fibers Conduit 1 Conduit 2 Conduit Layer Fiber Layer λ1 Feb.

It offers a means to support RF technologies in locations where only fiber is available or . Although not yet completed. GEPON or 10G-EPON) Media Access Control (MAC) and Physical layer (PHY) standards. The overlay for RFoG is based on Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM) -. RFoG offers backwards compatibility with existing RF modulation technology.the passive combination of wavelengths on a single strand of glass. others may not. the RFoG standard is actually a collection of standardized options which are not compatible with each other (they cannot be mixed on the same PON). GPON has fewer than 2 million installed ports. In short it implements the DOCSIS Operations Administration Maintenance and Provisioning (OAMP) functionality on existing EPON equipment. DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON or DPoE Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) Provisioning of Ethernet Passive Optical Network.TDM-PON Both APON/BPON and EPON/GEPON have been deployed widely. GEPON has approximately 30 million deployed ports. DPoE supports Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 9 and 14 services for the delivery of Ethernet services for business customers. a passive power splitter is used as the remote terminal. but offers no additional bandwidth for RF based services. In the forward direction RFoGis either a stand alone P2MP system or an optical overlay for existing PON such as GEPON/EPON. It makes the EPON OLT look and act like a DOCSIS Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS) platform (which is called a DPoE System in DPoE terminology). The Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Interface Practices Subcomittee (IPS) Work Group 5. ONUs see their own data through the address labels embedded in the signal. or DPoE. is currently working on IPS 910 RF over Glass. RFoG Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) is a type of passive optical networking. Some of the standards may interoperate with other PONs. but most networks designed in 2008 use GPON or GEPON. that transports RF signals that are now transported over copper (principally over a hybrid fiber and coaxial cable) over PON. is a set of Cable Television Laboratory specifications that implement the DOCSIS service layer interface on existing Ethernet PON (EPON. For TDM-PON. Each ONUs (Optical network units) signals are multiplexed in the time domain. Reverse RF support is provided by transporting the upstream or return RF into on a separate lambda from the PON return wavelength. In addition to offering the same IP service capabilities as a CMTS.

or WDM-PON. PONs provide higher bandwidth than traditional copper based access networks. is a non-standard type of passive optical networking. WDMPON has better privacy and better scalability because of each ONU only receives its own wavelength. The multiple wavelengths of a WDM-PON can be used to separate Optical Network Units (ONUs) into several virtual PONs co-existing on the same physical infrastructure. being developed by some companies. In WDM-PON each wavelength can run at a different speed and protocol so there is an easy pay-as-you-grow upgrade Challenges: High cost of initial set-up. Work by Davey and Payne at BT showed that significant cost savings could be made by reducing the electronic equipment and real-estate required at the local exchange or wire center[3]. It is difficult to point to an un-biased list of WDM-PON vendors when there is no such unanimous definition. By some definitions WDM-PON is a dedicated wavelength for each ONU. Other more liberal definitions suggest the use of more than one wavelength in any one direction on a PON is WDM-PON. Long-Reach Optical Access Networks The concept of the Long-Reach Optical Access Network (LROAN) is to replace the optical/electrical/optical conversion that takes place at the local exchange with a continuous optical path that extends from the customer to the core of the network. WDM-PON Wavelength Division Multiplexing PON. . There is no common standard for WDM-PON nor any unanimously agreed upon definition of the term.where copper is not permitted or feasible. Alternatively the wavelengths can be used collectively through statistical multiplexing to provide efficient wavelength utilization and lower delays experienced by the ONUs. Temperature control is another challenge because of how wavelengths tend to drift with environmental temperatures. A proof of concept demonstrator showed that it was possible to serve 1024 at 10GBit/s with 100 km reach[4]. Advantages: The MAC layer is simplified because the P2P connections between OLT and ONUs are realized in wavelength domain. This technology is targeted towards Cable TV operators and their existing HFC networks. the cost of the WDM components. so no P2MP media access control is needed.

Passive optical components The drivers behind the modern passive optical network are the optical components that enable Quality of Service (QoS). circulators. optical taps for monitoring. passive optical components include branching devices such as Wavelength. Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial Cable (HFC). Wavelength insensitive couplers are passive optical components in which power is split or combined independently of the wavelength composition of the optical signal. A given component may combine and divide optical signals simultaneously. route diversity. Isolators are used as both integral and in-line components in laser diode modules and optical amplifiers. and conherent communication. and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) systems. Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexers (DWDMs) are optical components that split power over at least four wavelengths. Synchronous Optical Network (SONET). combining and dividing optical power in some predetermined ratio (coupling ratio) regardless of the information content of the signals. These components are used in interoffice. The broad variety of passive optical components applications include multichannel transmission. . Fiber In The Loop (FITL). and other telecommunications networks employing optical communications systems that utilize Optical Fiber Amplifiers (OFAs) and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexer (DWDM) systems. Passive optical components are data format transparent. isolators. Industry proposed requirements for these components are detailed in GR-1209. An optical isolator is a two-port passive component that allows light (in a given wavelength range) to pass through with low attenuation in one direction. and to reduce noise caused by multi-path reflection in highbit-rate and analog transmission systems. Single-mode. as in bidirectional (duplex) transmission over a single fiber. Generic Requirements for Passive Optical Components. interferometers. loop feeder. pump combiners for fiber amplifiers. polarization diversity. WDMs can be thought of as wavelength splitters and combiners. optical connects. WDMs are optical components in which power is split or combined based on the wavelength composition of the optical signal. distribution. Wavelength insensitive couplers can be thought of as power splitters and combiners. bit-rate limiters.Division Multiplexer/Demultiplexers– (WDMs). and filters. while isolating (providing a high attenuation for) light propagating in the reverse direction.

components that allow a specific range of wavelengths to pass through (or reflect) with low attenuation for classification of filter types). A fiber optic filter is a component with two or more ports that provides wavelength sensitive loss. based on the direction of the lightwave propagation. Fiber optic filters are in-line. isolation and/or return loss. wavelength selective. as a type of branching component that distributes (and isolates) optical power among fibers. An optical circulator can be used for bidirectional transmission.An optical circulator operates in a similar way to an optical isolator. except that the reverse propagating lightwave is directed to a third port for output. . instead of being lost.

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