Patent Number: 6,512,614

Title: WDM-based architecture for flexible switch placement in an access network

Abstract: An access node includes a switch that operates according to a firstcommunication protocol. The access node is coupled by a plurality offeeder network channels to a second access node having a second switchoperating according to a second communication protocol. A firstdistribution network port is coupled to the first switch and to a firstdistribution network channel bearing signals according to the firstcommunication protocol. A second distribution network port is coupled to asecond distribution network channel bearing signals according to thesecond communication protocol and to the second switch by one of thefeeder network channels.

Inventors: Saleh; Adel Abdel Moneim (Holmdel, NJ), Simmons; Jane Marie (Middletown, NJ)

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International Classification: H04Q 11/00 (20060101); H04J 014/02 ()

Expiration Date: 01/22015