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Optical Networks
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FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface)

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FreeSpace Optical Network

FTTH (Fiber to the Home)

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Label Switching

Lambda Circuits

MAN (Metropolitan Area Network)

Microwave Communications

MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching)

Multilayer Switching

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NPN (New Public Network)

OC (Optical Carrier)

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SONET (Synchronous Optical Network)

Switch Fabrics and Bus Design

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VPN (Virtual Private Network)

WAN (Wide Area Network)

WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing)

Wireless Broadband Access Technologies

Web Links
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IETF Working Group: IP over Optical (ipo)

IETF Working Group: IP over Resilient Packet Rings (iporpr)

IETF Working Group: Multiprotocol Label Switching (mpls)

Optical Society of America

OIF (Optical Internetworking Forum)

ODSI Coalition

National Transparent Optical Network Consortium

SPIE (Society for Optical Enginering), an excellent resource site

Multiwavelength Optical Networking (MONET) Consortium

All-Optical Networking Consortium home page

FSAN (Full Service Access Network) consortium

Avanex photonic resources on the Web

Optical networking papers at CAnet3

Optical Networking topics at

Bitpipe (search for "optical")

Web ProForum (see optical networking topics in list)

Optical Networks Magazine

Lightwave Magazine

Light Reading optical networking Web site

Noritoshi Demizu multilayer routing Web page (see optical and MPLS links)

Convergence Digest optical networking page optical networking page

National Academy of Sciences laser and fiber-optic presentation

New Web Links





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