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  • Ethernet's Impact on Optical Component Testing

Photonics Spectra
Feb 2003
Today's optical test equipment suppliers must support legacy local and metropolitan area networks while developing solutions to keep pace with the move to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

Rick King

The optical networking industry is redirecting its focus. Unlike the new-product development feeding frenzy of the 1990s, carriers and service providers now want to leverage their infrastructures and concentrate on cost-effective ways to deliver services profitably to end users -- the commercial and residential customers at the network edge, where bandwidth demand is insatiable because of Internet use and multimedia data-hungry applications.

Redirection will require low-cost technologies, modular plug-and-play components, compatible interfaces and system interoperability on both the manufacturing and test sides to stretch network viability to maximum levels. Equipment manufacturers have conformed accordingly by taking a 25-year-old technology that has low implementation costs, a reputation for solid reliability and a track record for relatively simple installation and maintenance, and developing it to the next level...

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