Some of the work carried out within the EU Network of Excellence ISIS on radio-over-fiber systems for the support of current and emerging wireless networks is reviewed. Direct laser modulation and externally modulated links have been investigated, and demonstrations of single-mode fiber and multimode fiber systems are presented. The wireless networks studied range from personal area networks (such as ZigBee and ultrawideband) through wireless local area networks to wireless metropolitan area networks (WiMAX) and third-generation mobile communications systems. The performance of the radio-over-fiber transmission is referenced to the specifications of the relevant standard, protocol operation is verified, and complete network demonstrations are implemented.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 29, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 1, 2008
Published: January 20, 2009
Nathan J. Gomes, Maria Morant, Arokiaswami Alphones, Béatrice Cabon, John E. Mitchell, Christophe Lethien, Mark Csörnyei, Andreas Stöhr, and Stavros Iezekiel, "Radio-over-fiber transport for the support of wireless broadband services [Invited]," J. Opt. Netw. 8, 156-178 (2009)