Engineering a DWDM system begins with a market investigation to understand the business opportunities and how the "to be built" system fits the communications market and the business portfolio. There are two golden rules to be met (that market research experts know well) for the success of new product: the "to be built" system must differ from any other product on the market, and it must offer a measurable benefit to the customer that no other previous product offers; that is, it has found a niche in the communications equipment space offering a solution to a known problem. When these rules are met, a tedious iterative process begins that involves the interplay of cost/benefit modeling, engineering, and market interaction. When this interplay is fine-tuned, the design process begins.

4.11.1 Parameters That Influence Optical Design

In this section, we do not address the market differentiator or the potential market opportunities present at different network layers, but we focus only on the engineering process that impacts the design of a DWDM system and the quality of signal and service. First, however, we examine the key parameters that influence the design of a DWDM system and a network. These...

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5 DWDM NETWORKS   5.1 INTRODUCTION The evolving optical network with the introduction of DWDM has whetted the appetite for bandwidth and offering new multiservices differentiating from...

REFERENCES S.V. Kartalopoulos, “DWDM: Networks, Devices and Technology,” Wiley/IEEE Press, 2003. S.V. Kartalopoulos, “Introduction to DWDM Technology: Data in a Rainbow,” IEEE...

2.12.6   Fiber Attenuation and Power Loss Fiber consists of optically transparent matter that, like any other matter, absorbs and scatters part of the optical power of light due to impurities in...

4.7 FAULT DETECTION AND REPORTING STRATEGY Faults at different levels of the traditional optical network have been thoroughly studied. Fault monitoring, detection, triggers, actions, reporting, and...

4.4 KEY BUILDING BLOCKS OF A DWDM SYSTEM The functional domains outlined in the previous section comprise the key functional building blocks of any communications system; domain consolidation depends...