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The Architecture of Full Services Access Networks (FSAN)

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A report is given of FSAN (Full Services Access Networks), the international initiative that is aimed at streamlining the large-scale development of broadband optical access networks based on common specifications. FSAN is a joint effort of major world telecommunication operators and manufacturers.

The paper explains the background of the FSAN activities, summarizes the organization and current directions of the work, and analyzes the operators' view showing areas of commonalty and difference. The FSAN agreement on architectures, functions, and interfaces is illustrated before the conclusion.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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