Passive Optical Networks

Passive Optical Networks

Principles and Practice

1st Edition - October 16, 2007

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  • Editor: Cedric Lam
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080553450

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Passive optical network (PON) technologies have become an important broadband access technology as a result of the growing demand for bandwidth-hungry video-on-demand applications. Written by the leading researchers and industry experts in the field, Passive Optical Networks provides coherent coverage of networking technologies, fiber optic transmission technologies, as well as the electronics involved in PON system development. Features: An in-depth overview of PON technologies and the potential applications that they enable Comprehensive review of all major PON standards and architecture evolutions, as well as their pros and cons Balanced coverage of recent research findings with economic and engineering considerations Presents system issues of protocols, performance, management and protection Extensive references to standards and research materials for further studies This book provides an authoritative overview of PON technologies and system requirements and is ideal for engineers and managers in industry, university researchers, and graduate students.

Key Features

  • Balances treatment of the optical technologies with systems issues such as protocols, performance, management and protection
  • Covers latest developments in WDM-PONS, protection switching, dynamic bandwidth allocation
  • Practical coverage with a chapter on PON applications and deployment
  • Case studies on implementing PONs


Engineers of PON system vendors and service providers; Researchers and graduate students; Optoelectronic component vendors; Managers and executives working with PON technologies

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: PON Architectures Review
    Chapter 3: Optical Technologies in Passive Optical Access Networks
    Chapter 4: Transceivers for Passive Optical Networks
    Chapter 5: Ranging and Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation
    Chapter 6: Protection Architectures for Passive Optical Networks
    Chapter 7: Optical Characterization, Diagnosis and Performance Monitoring for PON
    Appendix I: G-PON PMD Characteristics
    Appendix II: EPON MPCPDU Formats

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: October 16, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080553450

About the Editor

Cedric Lam

Cedric Lam was co-founder of Google Fiber which changed the landscape of broadband access networks in North America with the introduction of nationwide Gigabit FTTH networks. Cedric has experience both in product development and in engineering service provider networks. He started his career with AT&T and later joined Opvista, a startup company building high-capacity optical transport equipment, as chief system architect. After Opvista, he joined Google to work on datacenter networks before embarking the effort on Google Fiber, where he was Engineering Director, leading the Architecture and Device Engineering team. He is now Principal Engineer in Google’s Technical Infrastructure team, leading the development of datacenter network architectures and the development of network generation optical interconnects for datacenter networks. Cedric is a member of the CORD Technical Steering Team, and Fellow of Optica. He also edited the first textbook in PON: Passive Optical Networks, Principles and Practice, Academic Press, 2007.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Engineer, Google LLC, Mountain View, CA, USA

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  • Artur K. Wed Apr 22 2020

    Good book but...

    there are some fundamental errors like "The cylindrical core of a fiber has a slightly lower refractive index than the cladding surrounding it." ;)