Wavelength division multiplex (WDM) passive optical network (PON) is considered for converged fixed mobile broadband access networking. We propose to utilize low-cost tunable lasers at the remote sites, together with a centralized wavelength locker. Practical implementations require a transparently added downstream signaling channel and upstream per-channel pilot tones for channel tagging and remote wavelength control. We demonstrate, for the first time, 26-Gbps discrete multitone transmission modulated on a low-cost wide tunable vertical surface emitting laser over up to 40 km of standard single-mode fiber. The results confirm that converged fixed mobile WDM-PON systems based on low-cost lasers carrying discrete multitone modulation are a technically viable approach.
- Discrete multitone
- tunable laser