Patent Number: 9,432,753

Title: Method and apparatus for link sharing among multiple EPONs

Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides an optical line terminal (OLT) in an Ethernet passive optical network (EPON). The OLT includes a number of bi-directional optical transceivers. At least one bi-directional optical transceiver is coupled to an optical network unit (ONU) group that includes a number of ONUs. The OLT further includes a first downstream media access control (MAC) interface configured to provide a first downstream control signal and a splitter configured to split the first downstream control signal to a number of sub-signals. At least one sub-signal is configured to control downstream transmission of a corresponding bi-directional optical transceiver to a corresponding ONU-group.

Inventors: Hirth; Ryan E. (Windsor, CA), Boyd; Edward W. (Petaluma, CA)

Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION

International Classification: H04J 14/00 (20060101); H04J 14/02 (20060101); H04Q 11/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-08-30 0:00:00