January 01, 2014

Towards the distributed core for ubiquitous superfast broadband optical access

  • Achouche M.
  • Albert Banchs
  • B. O'Sullivan
  • Ben Meriem T.
  • Bonk R.
  • Chaparadza R.
  • David S. Monaghan
  • De Kerret P.
  • Di Giglio A.
  • Haolin Wei
  • Jensen R.
  • Pfeiffer T.
  • Roessler H.
  • Rohde H.
  • Yin X.
  • Yingbo Li

In this paper, we describe recent architectural and technological advances of the end to end optical network architecture proposed by the DISCUS project (the DIStributed Core for unlimited bandwidth supply for all Users and Services). The two main targets of DISCUS are the principle of equivalence in the access and the reduction of optical-to-electronic conversions in the metro-core network. Technological advances and techno-economic evaluation of Long-Reach Passive Optical Networks (LR-PON), as well as the optimal metro-core node architecture and the required network control plane framework are reported. Network infrastructure sharing challenges are also discussed.

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