An Overview of Optical Network Standards

  • Alan McGuire
Conference paper


Optical transport network standards, in one form or another are under development in a number of fora, namely ITU-T, ETSI, ANSI and the recently formed Optical Internetworking Forum (01F). Despite the tangle of bodies the majority of the work is either being progressed within the ITU-T or is feeding into it via ETSI and ANSI. For this reason this paper focuses its attention toward the ITU-T. The paper represents a snap shot at a time when the standards are very much at an early stage of development and are therefore subject to change. The author presents a personal view, as a participant, of the current state of play and attempts to identify some of the major areas that need to be developed.


Optical Network Network Element Optical Amplifier Optical Channel Physical Interface 
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© Springer-Verlag London 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan McGuire
    • 1
  1. 1.Core Transport, Internet & Data NetworksBT LaboratoriesEngland

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