Patent Number: 7,787,771

Title: Extendable loop-back type passive optical network and scheduling method and apparatus for the same

Abstract: Provided are extendable loop-back passive optical network (PON) and scheduling method and apparatus for the same. The loop-back type PON includes an OLT (optical line terminal) including a wavelength-tunable optical transmitter and a wavelength-locked optical receiver, and an RN (remote node) including an optical coupler/splitter, the optical coupler/splitter receiving optical signals from the wavelength-tunable optical transmitter and splitting the optical signals by wavelength so as to transmit the optical signals to corresponding ONTs (optical network terminals). Each of the ONTs transmits upstream data to the OLT using the same wavelength as the wavelength of the optical signal received from the OLT through the RN. Since the optical network makes use of the TDM and WDM communication schemes, the optical network can be maintained and upgraded at lower cost.

Inventors: Kim; Tae Yeon (Daejeon, KR), Yoo; Jeong Ju (Daejeon, KR), Lee; Kang Bok (Daejeon, KR), Yoon; Hyeon Ho (Daejeon, KR), Kim; Byoung Whi (Daejeon, KR)

Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute

International Classification: H04J 14/00 (20060101); H04J 3/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018