The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Understanding Optical Signal-to-Noise Ratio

Thursday, 24 March 2016
13:00 - 14:00
Expo Theater III
Exhibit Hall A


Session Description

While bit error rate determines the quality of a signal, it is the optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) that demonstrates if a system will meet the established BER values, even for systems operating at speeds of 40 Gb/s and higher, and complex DWDM, ROADM, and coherent fiber optic communication systems. This session will explore what OSNR is, how it is tested, the how various ITU, IEC, and other standards apply when testing next generation fiber optic communication systems.


Larry Johnson, Director & Founder, The Light Brigade

Larry Johnson, founder of The Light Brigade, has been at the forefront of the fiber optics industry since 1977. Over his three-plus-decade career in the telecommunications industries, Mr. Johnson has built a solid reputation in all aspects of fiber optic design, installation, implementation, testing, and measurement. He participated in the early development of fiber optic standards used for installation, testing, and measurement of network and physical plant. In addition he has developed over twenty courses on fiber optic technologies.  His leadership in the optical fiber industry has resulted in repeated invitations to speak at key conferences worldwide, and to develop fiber optic certification programs for a variety of industries.


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