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Mobile WiMax
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Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, for faster, more robust radio links
Optical Modulation
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11/19/2001  |  12 comments
The switching on and off of laser light in order to represent information in an optical network
Optical Detection & Regeneration
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The conversion of noisy optical signals into clean electrical signals
Optical Networks
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Optical fibers connecting locations many miles apart, and carrying information in the form of on-off flashes of laser light
Optical Fiber
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8/2/2001  |  18 comments
Very thin strands of pure silica glass through which laser light travels in an optical network
Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM)
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8/2/2001  |  149 comments
Transmitting many different colors (wavelengths) of laser light down the same optical fiber at the same time, in order to increase the amount of information that can be transferred
Formatting for Transmission
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8/1/2001  |  1 comment
The conversion of data into 1s and 0s, and the different ways in which these signals can be transmitted through optical fiber
Optical Networking Glossary
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8/1/2001  |  5 comments
Optical Units Reference
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Multipliers, Optical Power, Gain & Loss, Wavelength & Frequency, and Bandwidth & Optical Modulation Bandwidth
Protocol Basics
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8/1/2001  |  6 comments
Forms of communication among network devices to enable the exchange of information
Sonet (Synchronous Optical NETwork) and SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy)
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8/1/2001  |  23 comments
Physical-layer protocol that frames data for fast and reliable transmission over optical fiber
Internet Protocol (IP)
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8/1/2001  |  2 comments
A network-layer protocol that puts Internet data into packets and helps them to be routed over interconnected local area networks (LANs)
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
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8/1/2001  |  4 comments
A protocol for the swift routing of data streams, bringing improved performance and quality-of-service options to IP traffic
Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
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8/1/2001  |  12 comments
A data-link layer protocol allowing integration of voice and data with the ability to provide quality-of-service guarantees
Ethernet
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8/1/2001  |  79 comments
A data-link layer protocol commonly used to transfer Internet Protocol (IP) packets over cables in local area networks (LANs)
Digital Wrappers and Forward Error Correction (FEC)
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8/1/2001  |  16 comments
An encapsulation method for traffic of all protocols, allowing an optical network to be protocol transparent, its functions to be managed in an efficient manner, and its data to be transmitted more reliably
Laser Basics
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8/1/2001  |  Post a comment
Devices giving out intense light at one specific color
Distributed Feedback (DFB) Lasers
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Lasers giving out a very sharply defined color of light
Tunable Lasers
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8/1/2001  |  9 comments
Lasers that can be adjusted to emit one of several different wavelengths
Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs)
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Lasers that emit light from their surface in contrast with regular 'edge emitters'
Optical Amplification
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Boosting of an optical signal without any conversion of the light into an electrical signal
Erbium Doped-Fiber Amplifiers (EDFAs)
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8/1/2001  |  7 comments
Optical amplifiers made of short lengths of optical fiber doped with the element 'erbium'. A laser excites erbium ions in the fiber, which can then give their energy to optical signals passing through
Raman Amplification
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8/1/2001  |  25 comments
Optical amplification process throughout the actual transmission fiber in an optical network, caused by a carefully selected pump-laser wavelength scattering from atoms in the fiber and changing its wavelength to that of the optical signal
Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (SOAs)
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8/1/2001  |  4 comments
Similar to regular lasers, but with an optical signal being amplified by stimulating light emission
Nonlinear Effects
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High optical powers causing various effects on signals in optical fibers, usually detrimental
Chromatic Dispersion and Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD)
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The spreading out of light pulses in time due to different wavelengths traveling at different speeds (chromatic dispersion) or different polarization states traveling at different speeds (polarization mode dispersion)
Arrayed Waveguide Gratings (AWGs)
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Integrated optical circuits that can combine (multiplex) or separate (demultiplex) different wavelength signals in an optical network
Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs)
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8/1/2001  |  8 comments
Small sections of optical fiber that act like selective mirrors, only reflecting back specific wavelengths
Submarine Systems
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Optical fiber links connecting countries through the world's oceans
Optical Crossconnects
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8/1/2001  |  41 comments
Devices that can switch optical signals between different optical fibers, without the need for conversion to electrical signals
Advanced Fiber Types
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8/1/2001  |  1 comment
Optical fiber designed to work with, or in place of, conventional fiber in order to improve overall system performance


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Dr. Dong Sun Talks About Carriers' Digital Transformation & Huawei’s Telco OS

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Dr. Dong Sun, Chief Architect of Digital Transformation Solutions at Huawei, discusses how telecom operators can become digital ecosystem enablers and deliver optimal user experiences that are in real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social (ROADS).
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Huawei's Chief Network Architect Talks about Network Experience & Operators’ Strategies

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In the digital age, network experience has become the primary productivity especially for telecom operators. In this video, Wenshuan Dang, Huawei’s Chief Network Architect, discusses how carriers can tackle the challenge of infrastructure complexity in order to enhance business agility and improve user experience.
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The Rise of Virtual CPE

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As NFV strategies evolve from tests and trials to production telco networks, expect to hear a lot about virtual CPE (customer premises equipment) rollouts during 2015.
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Optical Is Hot in 2015

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Optical comms technology underpins the whole communications sector and there are some really hot trends set for 2015.
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Policy Control in the Fast Lane

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What's making policy control strategic in 2015 and beyond? Amdocs talks with Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie about the key factors driving change in the data services landscape. Find out what his policy management research reveals about the road ahead for policy control – and sign up for
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Highlights From the 2020 Vision Executive Summit

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In December 2014, Light Reading brought together telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Cisco's Doug Webster shared his company's ...
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Huawei Pay-TV Partner Harmonic, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment with Huawei

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At IBC, Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President & CMO at Harmonic, speaks about the growing interest in pay-TV service and its branching into multiple devices.
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Sony Marketing Director Olivier Bovis Discusses the Outlook for 4K and Cooperation With Huawei at IBC 2014

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At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
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Huawei Pay-TV Partner Envivio, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment

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At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
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Pay-TV's Networked Future

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At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about the future of the pay-TV industry and its transition.
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Jeff Heynen: Distributed Access Will Help MSOs Compete in the Future

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At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about moving to distributed access and the future trend of cable business.
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Cisco Talks Transformation

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In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Cisco VP of Products & Solutions Marketing Doug Webster at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Cisco's approach to network virtualization as well as how service providers can begin to monetize high-capacity networks through the end of the decade.
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