Patent Number: 8,817,589

Title: Communications network apparatus and line coding method

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for line coding in a communications network are described. According to one embodiment of the invention, downstream communications traffic bits are received and mapped into downstream bit positions of a transmission structure. A pre-selected bit in each upstream bit positions of the transmission structure is provided to form a downstream transmission structure. A downstream optical signal carrying the downstream transmission structure is generated for transmission. Upstream communications traffic bits are also received and mapped into the upstream bit positions of the transmission structure to form an upstream transmission structure. An upstream optical signal carrying the upstream transmission structure is generated for transmission.

Inventors: Cavaliere; Fabio (Pisa, IT), Dahlfort; Stefan (Santa Clara, CA), Giorgi; Luca (Pisa, IT)

Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)

International Classification: H04J 9/00 (20060101); H04J 14/00 (20060101); H04B 10/00 (20130101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018