Wideband Optical Networking has emerged as a topic of great global interest in recent years addressing near to mid-term requirements. Systems based on Wideband Technology are attractive to end-users because they leverage the massive investment in the single mode optical fibre plant already deployed in millions of km worldwide, by potentially making use of the whole low-loss transmission window, from ~1250nm to ~1650nm. This approach provides a cost-effective and green solution to increasing capacity, when compared to solutions requiring the deployment of new fibre cables. Many research challenges remain, however, such as the availability of highly integrated wideband optical components and sub-systems, bandwidth allocation, spectral power management, and the impact of the Raman effect in such high bandwidth systems.
The Special Event will begin with an introduction to the ITN WON project, its context and highlights from its work packages, followed by a series of short “lightning presentations” from the ESRs focussing on their specific subjects of interest, and conclude with an extended external presentation on the current state-of-the-art in Wideband Optical Networks research from Dr Ben Puttnam of NICT, Japan.