The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Short Courses

SC217 - Applications of Radio-over-Fiber Technologies

Monday, 04 March
13:30 - 16:30

Short Course Level: Advanced Beginner


Dalma Novak; Pharad, LLC., USA

Short Course Description:

The use of fiber optic links in wireless networks has become increasingly pervasive.  Since the first pioneering experiments in the 1970’s, spurred by interest in exploiting the many benefits of optical fiber as a transmission medium for transporting analog RF signals, the field has expanded considerably. 

The objective of this course is to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of radio-over-fiber (RoF) systems.  The course will focus on technologies for enabling the fiber optic distribution of analog radio signals and the variety of wireless systems in which such links are being implemented.  These applications include indoor distributed antenna systems and ultrabroadband, high frequency wireless networks capable of providing users with very high bandwidth services. 

In addition to providing in-depth coverage of analog radio-over-fiber technologies, devices, sub-systems and system architectures, the course will also introduce the application of digital radio-over-fiber (DRoF) technologies such as CPRI in wireless networks. 

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable you to:

  • Understand the different approaches for transporting radio signals over optical fiber.

  • Understand the technical challenges associated with realizing analog radio-over-fiber links.

  • Understand the trade-offs with alternative radio-over-fiber system architectures.

  • Learn about current and future applications of analog RoF technologies.

  • Understand the differences between digital and analog radio-over-fiber technologies and the systems in which they are being applied.

  • Learn the implementation opportunities for radio-over-fiber technologies in emerging wireless network standards.

Short Course Audience:

This is an advanced beginner course for people working in either the optical or wireless telecommunication fields who wish to broaden their knowledge and learn how optical fiber solutions are playing a role in the realization of emerging integrated optical/wireless networks.

Instructor Biography:

Dalma Novak is VP of Engineering at Pharad, LLC; a high technology company located in MD developing advanced RF-over-fiber and antenna products.  She is a Fellow of the IEEE and has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of optical and wireless telecommunications.   She has published more than 280 papers in these technical areas, including seven book chapters.  Prior to Pharad she held positions at The University of Melbourne, Dorsal Networks, and Corvis Corporation.  She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1992.  She is an Associate Editor for Journal of Lightwave Technology and a member of the OFC Steering Committee.

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