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Passive Optical Networks - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123738530, 9780080553450

Passive Optical Networks

1st Edition

Principles and Practice

Editor: Cedric Lam
Paperback ISBN: 9780124054905
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123738530
eBook ISBN: 9780080553450
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th October 2007
Page Count: 368
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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.


  • 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


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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 is now Engineering Director, leading the Architecture and Device Engineering team. He is a member of the ​CORD Technical Steering Team​, and Fellow of OSA. He also edited the first text book in PON: ​Passive Optical Networks, Principles and Practice, Academic Press, 2007.

Affiliations and Expertise

Engineering Director, Google Fiber,  1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

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