In this work we have assessed the capacity of a linear semiconductor optical amplifier to compensate the fiber and component losses present in a wavelength division multiplexing passive optical network (WDM-PON) evolution from fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) to fiber-to-the-home access. The evaluation measurements confirm that the presence of a semiconductor optical amplifier placed at the entry of a group of optical network units that share the same wavelength channel can raise the loss budget that the link can tolerate in the fiber, compensating for the losses of a passive splitter up to a 1:16 division rate, allowing the upgrade of existing WDM-PON FTTB structures to make the fiber reach the final user’s home.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications
Original Manuscript: July 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 1, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 7, 2011
Published: February 13, 2012
Juan José Martínez, Noemi Merayo, Asier Villafranca, and Ignacio Garcés, "Assessment of linear semiconductor amplifiers for upgrading WDM-PONs with wavelength reuse," Appl. Opt. 51, 692-696 (2012)