European IST-programme roadmap for Optical Communications

Ann Ackaert, Piet Demeester, Paul Lagasse, Christina Politi, Mike O'Mahony, Tommy Winther Berg, Bjarne Tromborg, Juergen Saniter, Erwin Patzak, Sathya Rao, Paul Vogel, Christophe Minot, Didier Erasme

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On the basis of European IST project results in the field of photonics, the OPTIMIST thematic network has produced a roadmap for optical communications. This work is described in the present article which provides scenarios for the evolution of the optical network in the coming 10 years. Predictable developments in optical components, sub-systems and systems and their consequenses on the architecture and performances of the networks are analysed. Specific interest is focused on the various parts of the network structure namely the access, the metropolitan area, the wide ares and the global networks. Technical documents elaborated by the OPTIMIST consortium and minutes from IST workshops can be found on the website They constitute a main source for further information.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnales des telecommunications
Issue number11-12
Pages (from-to)1550-1585
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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