The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

SC114 - Passive Optical Networks (PONs) Technologies

Sunday, 19 March
09:00 - 13:00

Short Course Level: Advanced Beginner


Frank J. Effenberger; Futurewei Technologies, USA

Short Course Description:

PON systems have become the preeminent technology for broadband optical access networks.  Over 100 million lines of PON-based access have been deployed around the world. However, there are multiple network types deployed today, and proposals for future systems are even more diverse. For this reason, it is important to understand the architectures and technologies that are used in PON, including their unique capabilities and trade-offs. 
At the highest level, this short course reviews the major architectural variants of PON systems, including TDMA, WDMA, OFDMA, and hybrids of these. The commercially important implementations of these technologies and their major application areas (FTTHome, FTTbuilding, etc.) will also be described. The status of commercial deployments and interoperability of the equipment will be reviewed. 
Additionally, the economic drivers for the entire PON value chain will be reviewed, including the factors that triggered deployments of the past, and what may cause evolutionary steps to the next generation. The integration of the PON technology into the larger broadband network will also be covered, including the larger network architecture, management, and regulatory framework. 
The course will also contain a hypothetical case study of a PON deployment. This case will take the class through the decision-making processes involved, from initial business case construction, through technology selection, network design and implementation, and operations. This will hopefully be an interactive session that will build practical expertise in optical access. 

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable you to:

  • Compare the capabilities and advantages of different PON technologies.

  • Describe the practical limitations of real-world G-PON and EPON systems for broadband access.

  • Explain the motivations behind the Full-Service-Access-Network initiative and the related IEEE P802.3 and P1904 projects.

  • Identify the commercial issues surrounding fiber access, and how PON works to address these.

  • List and compare the possible future evolution paths that PON technology may take.

  • Begin to plan PON applications and deployments.



Short Course Audience:

This course is intended to give engineers a general overview of PON technologies that can serve multiple roles depending on their field.  Network planners can use this course to better understand the available systems and their applications.  Product designers will gain insight as to the fundamental design trade-offs involved in PON.  Academic researchers will see how their specific research can fit into the larger technology domain.  

Instructor Biography:

With over 20 years of industry experience, Dr. Effenberger has led the development of several generations of PON systems, such as G-PON, XG-PON, and TWDM-PON.  He and his team have produced many “world’s first” experimental prototypes of these systems.   Frank is a pervasive contributor to PON standards and is the current rapporteur of ITU-T Q2/15.  He holds more than 75 US patents, and is a fellow of IEEE, OSA, and Huawei.

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