Experimental Evaluation of 800-nm Band Optical Wireless Link for New Generation Mobile Radio Access Network

Yuji ABURAKAWA  Toru OTSU  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E86-C   No.7   pp.1175-1183
Publication Date: 2003/07/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Recent Progress in Microwave and Millimeter-wave Photonics Technologies)
Category: Photonic Links for Wireless Communications
Keyword: 
optical wireless link,  radio access network,  new generation mobile communication systems,  atmosphere propagation property,  

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Summary: 
Radio access networks (RANs) for new generation mobile communication systems are required to construct economical high capacity networks. An optical wireless link is expected as a solution to the linking method in the construction of these networks. The optical wireless link provides high bit-rate transmission and allows for easy installation. However, optical-waves are severely attenuated in free-space transmission due to weather conditions and cannot provide a high level of link availability in long-distance communications. This paper describes the applicability of an optical wireless link to the RAN based on obtained atmosphere propagation properties from experiments on an 800-nm band optical wireless link from the viewpoint of link availability. The experimental results show that the BER performance of the optical wireless link exhibits a sufficiently low power penalty of less than 1 dB compared to that of the optical fiber link. Moreover, the results confirm that atmosphere attenuation of an 800-nm band optical wave due to fog and rainfall can be estimated by using a simple estimation equation. The optical wireless link could be used for RAN approach links with the range of less than 350 m to achieve the link outage rate of 0.004% from the viewpoint of the link budget design.