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Optical Fiber Telecommunications VA by Alan E Willner, Tingye Li, Ivan Kaminow

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Chapter 10

Plastic Optical Fibers and Gb/s Data Links

Yasuhiro Koikea and Roberto Gaudinob,    aFaculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, bPolitecnico di Torino, Dipartimento di Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni (DET)

10.1 Introduction

The peripheral component of the communication networks toward the final user, referred to as “the last 1 mile,” is estimated to account for approximately 95% of the overall network. Electrical wiring such as unshielded twisted pair (UTP) and coaxial cables has been mainly adopted in local area networks (LANs) for the connection to the user terminals. However, its bandwidth and transmission distance are severely limited, and UTPs have hardships to realize high-speed data transmissions of the order of Gb/s ...

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