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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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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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LRTV Documentaries
Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

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For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
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Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

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Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
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Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

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Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
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Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

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Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
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The Security Challenge of SDN

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CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
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NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

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Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
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Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

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Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
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The Transport SDN Buzz

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Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
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Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
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Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

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Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
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DOCSIS 3.1: Transforming Cable From Hardware-Defined Network to Software-Defined Network

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 can transform cable HFC network to a more agile software-defined network.
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Predicting Traffic Patterns for Quality Mobile Broadband

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Accessing information ubiquitously creates complexity and creates heavy traffic onto the network, especially at large-scale events like sporting events or festivals. In this video, Huawei's Mohammad Hussain speaks to experts about how to predict traffic and improve user experience during periods of heavy traffic.
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) is not the easiest of topics to take on board, so here's a Light Reading infographic, developed following conversations with the folks at HP, that helps make sense of where NFV is taking the industry.
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