Optical Communications Technology Roadmap

Keijiro HIRAHARA  Toshio FUJII  Koji ISHIDA  Satoshi ISHIHARA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E81-C   No.8   pp.1328-1341
Publication Date: 1998/08/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: SURVEY PAPER (Special Issue on High-Capacity WDM/TDM Networks)
Category: Technology Roadmap
technology roadmap,  optical communications technologie,  lifestyle,  access network,  backbone network,  LAN,  optical interconnection,  TDM,  OTDM,  WDM,  OXC,  

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An optical communications technology roadmap leading up to the second decade of the 21st century has been investigated to provide a future vision of the optoelectronic technology in 15 to 20 years. The process whereby technology may progress toward the realization of the vision is indicated. A transmission rate of 100 Mbps for homes and a rate of 5 Tbps for the backbone network will be required in the first decade of the 21 century. Two technology roadmaps for public and business communications networks are discussed. It is concluded both WDM and TDM technology will be required to realize such an ultra-high capacity transmission. Technical tasks for various optical devices are investigated in detail.