Protection of Passive Optical Networks by Using Ring Topology and Tunable Splitters

International Journal of Advances in Telecommunications, Electrotechnics, Signals and Systems. 2013;2(1):27-32 DOI 10.11601/ijates.v2i1.7


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Journal Title: International Journal of Advances in Telecommunications, Electrotechnics, Signals and Systems

ISSN: 1805-5443 (Print)

Publisher: International Science and Engineering Society, o.s.

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering: Telecommunication

Country of publisher: Czech Republic

Language of fulltext: English

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Pavel Lafata (Department of Telecommunication Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, CzechTechnical University in Prague)


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Abstract | Full Text

This article proposes an innovative method for protecting of passive optical networks (PONs), especially the central optical unit – optical line termination (OLT). PON networks are typically used in modern high-speed access networks, but there are also several specific applications, such as in business, army or science sector, which require a complex protection and backup system against failures and malfunctions. A standard tree or star topologies, which are usually used for PON networks, are significantly vulnerable mainly against the malfunctions and failures of OLT unit or feeder optical cable. The method proposed in this paper is focused on forming PON network with ring topology using passive optical splitters. The main idea is based on the possibility of placing both OLT units (primary and secondary) on the opposite sides of the ring, which can potentially increase the resistance of network. This method is described in the article and scenarios and calculations using symmetric or tunable asymmetric passive optical splitters are included as well.