Abbreviation for optical-to-electrical converter. A device used to convert optical signals to electrical signals. Also known as OEC.
Abbreviation for operation, administration, and maintenance. Refers to telecommunications networks.
Abbreviation for optical access network. A network technology, based on passive optical networks (PONs), that includes an optical switch at the central office, an intelligent optical terminal at the customer’s premises, and a passive optical network between the two, allowing services providers to deliver fiber-to-the-home while eliminating the expensive electronics located outside the central office.
Abbreviation for optical distribution network. Term for optical networks being developed for interactive video, audio, and data distribution.
Abbreviation for opto-electronic integrated circuit. An integrated circuit that includes both optical and electrical elements.
Abbreviation for original equipment manufacturer. The manufacturer of any device that is designed and built to be distributed under the label of another company.
Abbreviation for optical line termination. Optical network elements that terminate a line signal.
Abbreviation for optical network interface. A device used in an optical distribution network to connect two parts of that network.
Abbreviation for optical network termination. Optical network element that terminates a line signal in installations where the fiber extends into the customer premises.
Abbreviation for optical network unit. A network element that is part of a fiber-in-the-loop system.
Abbreviation for open optical interface. A point at which an optical signal is passed from one equipment medium to another without conversion to an electrical signal.
Pertaining to the logical structure for communications networks standardized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
A device which adds or drops individual wavelengths from a DWDM system.
A device that amplifies an input optical signal without converting it into electrical form. The best developed are optical fibers doped with the rare earth element, erbium. See also EDFA.
The range of optical wavelengths which can be transmitted through a component.
The optical wavelength range of a channel.
An instrument used to characterize a fiber optic link wherein an unmodulated signal is transmitted through the link, and the resulting light scattered and reflected back to the input is measured. Useful in estimating component reflectance and link optical return loss.
A component used to combine and separate optical power.
The time interval for the falling edge of an optical pulse to transition from 90% to 10% of the pulse amplitude. Alternatively, values of 80% and 20% may be used.
A component used to block out reflected and unwanted light. Also called an isolator.
A shorter wavelength laser used to pump a length of fiber with energy to provide amplification at one or more longer wavelengths. See also EDFA.
The ratio (expressed in dB) of optical power reflected by a component or an assembly to the optical power incident on a component port when that component or assembly is introduced into a link or system.
The time interval for the rising edge of an optical pulse to transition from 10% to 90% of the pulse amplitude. Alternatively, values of 20% and 80% may be used.
A device that allows the details of a region of an optical spectrum to be resolved. Commonly used to diagnose DWDM systems.
In telephony, all cables, conduits, ducts, poles, towers, repeaters, repeater huts, and other equipment located between a demarcation point in a switching facility and a demarcation point in another switching facility or customer premises.