Patent Number: 7,787,722

Title: Method for coordinating an uplink TDMA access shared by several sub-networks of a passive optical network (PON)

Abstract: A Passive Optical Network (PON) comprises at least a first sub-network (16) with a first Optical Line Terminal (4) and a first set of Optical Network Units (8, 12), a second sub-network (18) with a second Optical Line Terminal (6) and a second set of Optical Network Units (8) interconnected to a same splitter (14). In downlink direction from Optical Line Terminals to Optical Network Units, each sub-network uses a different wavelength (.lamda.1, .lamda.2) and in uplink direction all ONUs (8, 10, 12) are able to access all Optical Line Terminals through an uplink TDMA access by using one single wavelength (.lamda.3). The dynamic transmission resources allocation units of all Optical Line Terminals have the same process and coordination of the uplink TDMA access is carried out by sending (112) from a determined master Optical Network Unit to the other Optical Line Terminals different from its associated Optical Line Terminal an echoed synchronization message containing synchronization information related to its corresponding Optical Line Terminal referred as master Optical Line Terminal.

Inventors: Lavillonniere; Eric (Noyal sur Vilaine, FR), Weppe; Olivier (Acigne, FR)

Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

International Classification: G02B 6/28 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018