Patent Number: 7,711,393

Title: Cellular communications network optical cross-connect switching architecture

Abstract: A cellular communications network architecture is disclosed. The architecture includes a mobile switching office, a first base transceiver station in communication with the mobile switching office via a first communications link, and a second base transceiver station in communication with the mobile switching office via a second communications link. A first optical switch is in communication with the first base transceiver station via a third communications link and a second optical switch is in communication with the second base transceiver station via a fourth communications link. A fiber optic communications link couples the first optical switch with the second optical switch. The first optical switch is physically located separate from the first base transceiver station and the second optical switch is physically located separate from the second base transceiver station.

Inventors: Samson; Louis John (Clawson, MI), Prasad; Sunil Dwarka (Novi, MI), Bugg, Jr.; Thomas Lawrence (Macomb, MI)

Assignee: Nextel Communications Inc.

International Classification: H04B 1/38 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018