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The scope of this workshop is to explore the new trends that are emerging in combined optical wireless integrated technology for systems and networks. The support of high bandwidth and high mobility is central to the driving vision of the network of the future, but this cannot be at any cost. Increased pressure on the cost/bit, both in terms of the cost of infrastructure (CAPEX) as well as the cost of operations (OPEX), demands high levels of integration in the underlying networks. A large number of technologies will need to converge, co-exist and interoperate, and most importantly, cooperate, if this vision is to be efficiently and cost effectively realized. A key area within this next generation jigsaw is the interplay of optical fiber networks and radio networks, to enable scalable and manageable networks without a highly complex interface structure and multiple overlaid protocols.

It is expected that sessions will cover key trends including the integration of wireless standards into novel optical architectures in particular to support high bandwidth mobile backhauling , the support of the emerging distributed antenna standards and techniques for enabling dynamic capacity and mobility management in converged optical/wireless networks.

Due to the wide variety of the contributions a vivid and interesting technical discussion is expected. It is proposed to hold a closing panel session involving the invited speakers to explore the technical challenges they see in their specialist areas and explore the new trends that they envision emerging in the coming years.

Topics coverage:

Optical and wireless systems, which in the past developed as separate network entities with a few standard interfaces, have entered a new phase of development as fully integrated networks.  To provide high bandwidth and reliable  service for both fixed and mobile users, a well-designed network must take into account both optical and wireless transmission, with efficient allocation of resources and satisfaction of QoS requirements within this hybrid network environment.  This Workshop will bring together researchers and developers with presentations on topics including:

  • Optical backhaul from base stations and access points
  • Cooperative multipoint (CoMP) and similar applications in which base stations and access points communicate with each other through optical links and meshes.
  • Support of microcells and femtocells on optical access networks such as PON.
  • Analog and digital radio over fiber.
  • End-to-end quality of service continuity across both air and optical interfaces.
  • Energy conservation by opportunistic offloading of wireless traffic onto optical networks.
  • Energy conservation by cooperative sleep-wake mechanisms between optical and wireless network elements.
  • Mapping of OFDM wireless signals into OFDM subcarrier channels in optical access and transmission segments.
  • Joint management of wireless and optical resources.
  • Combination of optical and wireless processing functions in combined edge nodes.
  • Wireless protective overlays and signaling systems on optical transmission systems.
  • Optical-wireless ad-hoc networks for emergency and first responder communications.
  • Standardization requirements and solutions for interfaces and control signaling in tightly integrated optical-wireless systems.








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