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FTTH TERMINOLOGY

Photonics Spectra
Dec 2006
The Fiber-to-the-Home councils of Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific have released a document titled “FTTH Council — Definition of Terms.” A collaborative effort of the groups, the downloadable five-page resource aims to reduce the various terms used in the industry to a well-defined subset. The intention is to make it possible for council members and others in the FTTH community to speak in commonly understood terms when discussing related statistics and network characteristics. The terms “fiber-to-the-home” and “fiber-to-the-building” are defined. Terminology for cable plant topology, access protocol, network usage and size, user categories and services also is presented.



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photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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