The horizons of optical networks are much more than high speed physical layer transport. An intelligent optical network design must include higher network layer considerations. This is the only book currently on the market that addresses optical networks from the physical layer to the network layer and should be valuable for those who try to understand the intricacies of what optical networks can be.
—Vincent Chan, Professor, MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science This book is not only essential reading for anyone in the optical networks industry, it is important. It provides the necessary foundation of learning for anyone hoping to contribute to this technology’s rapid evolution. —Scott Clavenna, President, PointEast Research
The authors’ grasp of what is truly workable and worthwhile in optical networks is fundamental, and they have effectively packaged this knowledge in an easy-to-comprehend text that will be valued to both veterans and those new to optical networking.
—Scott Grout, President and CEO, Chorum Technologies
This is a comprehensive and authoritative work on optical networks, ranging in scope from components and systems to overall design principles. I ﬁnd the book well organized and easy to use, and I particularly like the treatment of network design and operation. An essential book for anyone seriously interested in optical networks. —Goff Hill, Chief Network Architect, Altamar Networks, UK
I really enjoy the bottoms-up approach taken by the authors to address fundamentals of optical components as the enablers, optical transmission system design and engineering as the building blocks, and network architecture and its management features that deliver applications to the network operators and services providers at the top of the food chain. —Shoa-Kai Liu, Director of Advanced Technology, Worldcom
This book not only provides the fundamentals and details of photonics, but the pragmatic perspective presented enables the service provider, the equipment manufacturer, and the academician to view light from a real-life standpoint. —Mathew Oommen, Vice President, Network Architecture, Williams Communications Group This book functions as both an introduction to optical networking and as a text to reference again and again. Great for system designers as well as those marketing and selling those systems. Optical Networks provides theory and applications. While no text can be truly state-of-the-art in the fast moving area of optical networking, this one comes as close as possible. —Alan Repech, System Architect, Cisco Systems Optical Transport This book provides the most comprehensive coverage of both the theory and practice of optical networking. Its upto-date coverage makes it an invaluable reference for both practitioners and researchers. —Suresh Subramaniam, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Washington University
This book provides an excellent overview of the complex field of optical networking. I especially like how it ties the optical hardware functionality into the overall networking picture. Everybody who wants to be a player in the optical networking space should have this book within easy reach.
—Martin Zirngibl, Director, Photonics Network Research, Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories
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