According to the ElectroniCast Executive White Paper: Free Space Optics Global Market Forecast & Analysis (2010-2016), FSO s a line-of-sight (LOS) technology that uses directed laser beams, which provide optical bandwidth Transmitters and Receivers to link voice, video, and data intelligent transfer. A single FSO link product (from point A to point B) often may incorporate multiple transmitters along with receiver/s to ensure adequate performance, in case of interference.
“As the cost and other obstacles of deploying fiber optic cables or copper-based cables continue to increase, the product and deployment opportunities for FSO as well as other wireless communication link solutions improve. Communication managers face the timely delays and cost comparison of utilizing a telecommunication leased-line versus the implementation of a FSO system, the flexibility of the FSO product-area may present an attractive communication link alternative,”
According to ElectroniCast, although corporate connections from the Incumbent provider or other alternative solutions are often prohibitively expensive, the quantity (or volume) of FSO links required on an annual basis is relatively minor. FSO can prove to be an attractive solution for some deployment scenarios; however, these scenarios represent unique or niche situations.
Typically optical communication systems rely on optical fibers between transmitter and receiver, but free space optical communications (optical wireless) systems do not have the limitations associated with the installation and maintenance of such guided wave optical communication systems. FSO can be deployed in a matter of days, there are no reoccurring monthly costs and has limited (if any) rights of way (ROW) issues to negotiate with municipalities or businesses; however, carriers typically require stringent back-up or alternative technical redundancy, which is one huge roadblock to carrier acceptance.
The global consumption of fixed-location (stationary)
“Optical wireless communication links can be installed along railroad/subway tracks, tunnels, airport terminals, parking lot/structures or other major un-obstructed right-of-way (ROW); outdoors or indoors on building rooftops (building-to-
FSO-based products accommodate Ethernet-based protocols, SONET/SDH, ATM, FDDI and other standard and proprietary protocols. Products can be used for metropolitan (Metro) network extension; DWDM services, access/last mile, wireless backhaul, disaster recovery (testing and communications)
FSO systems are deployed near the 1550 nm wavelength window as well as the near-visible infrared spectral region around 780 nm to 850 nm. Selected FSO system providers claim that their solutions can provide “carrier-class”
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