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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

  • Editor: Richard A. Linke
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 1 — Jan. 3, 2005
  • pp: 26–27

Optical Access Networks

Jun Zheng and Nirwan Ansari  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of Optical Networking, Vol. 4, Issue 1, pp. 26-27 (2005)

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Call for Papers: Optical Access Networks

Guest Editors
Jun Zheng, University of Ottawa
Nirwan Ansari, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Submission Deadline: 1 June 2005


With the wide deployment of fiber-optic technology over the past two decades, we have witnessed a tremendous growth of bandwidth capacity in the backbone networks of today's telecommunications infrastructure. However, access networks, which cover the "last-mile" areas and serve numerous residential and small business users, have not been scaled up commensurately. The local subscriber lines for telephone and cable television are still using twisted pairs and coaxial cables. Most residential connections to the Internet are still through dial-up modems operating at a low speed on twisted pairs. As the demand for access bandwidth increases with emerging high-bandwidth applications, such as distance learning, high-definition television (HDTV), and video on demand (VoD), the last-mile access networks have become a bandwidth bottleneck in today's telecommunications infrastructure.
To ease this bottleneck, it is imperative to provide sufficient bandwidth capacity in the access networks to open the bottleneck and thus present more opportunities for the provisioning of multiservices. Optical access solutions promise huge bandwidth to service providers and low-cost high-bandwidth services to end users and are therefore widely considered the technology of choice for next-generation access networks. To realize the vision of optical access networks, however, many key issues still need to be addressed, such as network architectures, signaling protocols, and implementation standards. The major challenges lie in the fact that an optical solution must be not only robust, scalable, and flexible, but also implemented at a low cost comparable to that of existing access solutions in order to increase the economic viability of many potential high-bandwidth applications. In recent years, optical access networks have been receiving tremendous attention from both academia and industry. A large number of research activities have been carried out or are now underway this hot area. The purpose of this feature issue is to expose the networking community to the latest research breakthroughs and progresses in the area of optical access networks.

Scope of Contributions

This feature issue aims to present a collection of papers that focus on the state-of-the-art research in various networking aspects of optical access networks. Original papers are solicited from all researchers involved in area of optical access networks. Topics of interest include but not limited to:
  • Optical access network architectures and protocols
  • Passive optical networks (BPON, EPON, GPON, etc.)
  • Active optical networks
  • Multiple access control
  • Multiservices and QoS provisioning
  • Network survivability
  • Field trials and standards
  • Performance modeling and analysis

Manuscript Submission

To submit to this special issue, follow the normal procedure for submission to JON, indicating ``Optical Access Networks feature' in the ``Comments' field of the online submission form. For all other questions relating to this feature issue, please send an e-mail to jon@osa.org, subject line ``Optical Access Networks'
Additional information can be found on the JON website:

Submission Deadline: 1 June 2005

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.1200) General : Announcements, awards, news, and organizational activities
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications

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Revised Manuscript: December 13, 2004
Published: December 13, 2004

Jun Zheng and Nirwan Ansari, "Optical Access Networks," J. Opt. Netw. 4, 26-27 (2005)

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