Filter Bank Multicarrier (FBMC) for long-reach intensity modulated optical access networks

Arsalan Saljoghei, Fernando A. Gutierrez, Philip Perry, Liam P. Barry

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Filter Bank Multi Carrier (FBMC) is a modulation scheme which has recently attracted significant interest inboth wireless and optical communications. The interest in optical communications arises due to FBMC's capability to operate without a Cyclic Prefix (CP) and its high resilience to synchronisation errors. However, the operation of FBMC in optical access networks has not been extensively studied either in downstream or upstream. In this work we use experimental work to investigate the operation of FBMC in intensity modulated Passive Optical Networks (PONs) employing direct detection in conjunction with both direct and external modulation schemes. The data rates and propagation lengths employed here vary from 8.4 to 14.8 Gb/s and 0–75 km. The results suggest that by using FBMC it is possible to accomplish CP-Less transmission up to 75 km of SSMF in passive links using cost effective intensity modulation and detection schemes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-117
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Communications Journal
Early online date19 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2017


  • FBMC
  • Long reach
  • Passive Optical Networks
  • Intensity modulation
  • Direct modulation
  • PONs


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