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US/EU report on optical networking September 11, 2006

Posted by Jasper in Technology.
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A Final Report of the US/EU Workshop on Optical Networking, held June 27-28, 2005, at the European Commission Premises in Brussels has been released. The final workshop report is at:
http://networks.cs.ucdavis.edu/~mukherje/US-EU-wksp-June05-Final-Report.pdf

As an economist and not an engineer I do not pretend to understand all that is written in the report. But it did provide me with some welcome views on emerging trends in fibre optical networking and how these network might evolve over time. In terms of the fibre in the access network on solution quoted in the paper, to minimise some the cost challenges of FTTH, is to deploy “fiber as far as possible” to the user and then have wireless “take over”. The “wireless portion” could also employ multi-hop routing principles leading to better robustness properties against optical fibre failures.

Maybe this is an option for the G9 in Australia (see previous post) who have proposed to build an alternative FTTN network.  This way they could completely by-pass the Telstra access network.

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