Patent Number: 8,798,464

Title: Setting optical power for an optical communications network channel

Abstract: A method of determining a power correction factor for an optical power of an optical channel of a wavelength division multiplexed communications network. The method comprises configuring an optical source of the communications network to generate an unmodulated optical carrier signal for the optical channel. The method further comprises determining the optical power of the unmodulated optical carrier signal (P.sub.HIGH). The method further comprises configuring the optical source to apply a test modulation pattern to the optical carrier signal, to generate a modulated optical carrier signal. The method further comprises determining the optical power of the modulated optical carrier signal (P.sub.MOD). The method further comprises determining a power correction factor for the optical channel by determining the difference between the optical powers of the unmodulated optical carrier signal and the modulated optical carrier signal.

Inventors: Bruno; Gianmarco (Genoa, IT), Ceccatelli; Riccardo (San Miniato, IT), Mongiardini; Edoardo (Arenzano, IT)

Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)

International Classification: H04B 17/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018