Thursday, April 9, 2009

I.T.U. Publishes Optical Technology Standards Guide

The ITU-T has just published a Guide on the use of the ITU-T Recommendations related to optical technology.


The guide starts with a short but interesting history of optical technology noting that the capacity of optical systems has jumped by a factor of more than 10,000 over a period of 20 years. In the same time it also notes that the applications of optical technology have progressively moved from short distance links (a few tens of km) to very long distance links in backbone networks, completely replacing traditional copper cabling. In the last few years it charts the arrival of optical technology in access networks.


The practical part of the guide contains a functional grouping of Study Group 15 Recommendations on optical technology e.g. optical fibres and cables, physical optical interfaces, optical fibre submarine cable systems. An introduction to each category with more than one Recommendation outlines the subjects which are common to that category.


The 68-page PDF guide is posted online.
http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/newslog/Optical+Technology+Standards+Guide+Available.aspx

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