Abstract

Symmetrical full-duplex transmission in a Passive Optical Network (PON) is demonstrated over a 100 km dual-fiber ring with 1:16 split trees. The customer premises equipment is based on a Reflective Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (RSOA), which reuses the wavelength of the intensity modulated downstream signal for upstream data transmission. A commercial RSOA was used together with optical offset filtering at the upstream receiver to operate at data rates of 5 and 10 Gb/s. Margins of ${>}8$ dB are left at a data rate of 5 Gb/s, proving that the utilized downstream suppression scheme and therefore the intensity modulation format for both, down- and upstream, is suitable for its application in long-reach hybrid access networks. The signal degradation along the PON and the transmitted pump that features means of remote amplification in its conjunction points between the metro ring and the local trees are discussed and further possibilities for an improvement of the transmission performance are proposed.

© 2010 IEEE

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