Efficient T-CONT-agnostic Bandwidth and Wavelength Allocation for NG-PON2

Pandelis Kourtessis, Wansu Lim, Noemi Merayo, Yeon-Mo Yang, John Senior

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Dynamic bandwidth and wavelength allocation are used to demonstrate high quality of service (QoS) in time wavelength-division multiplexed–passive optical networks (TWDM-PONs). Both bandwidth and wavelength assignment are performed on the basis of transmission containers (T-CONTs) and therefore by means of upstream service priority traffic flows. Our medium access control (MAC) protocol therefore ensures consistency in processing alike classes of service across all optical network units (ONUs) in agreement with their QoS figures. For evaluation of the MAC protocol performance, a simulator has been implemented in OPNET featuring a 40 km, 40 Gbps TWDM-PON with four stacked wavelengths at 10 Gbps each and 256 ONUs. Simulation results have confirmed the efficiency of allocating bandwidth to each wavelength and the significant increase of network traffic flow due to adaptive polling from 9.04 to 9.74 Gbps. The benefit of T-CONT-centric allocation has also been measured with respect to packet delay and queue occupancy, achieving low packet delay across all T-CONTs. Therefore, improved NG-PON2 performance and greater efficiency are obtained in this first demonstration of T-CONTs allocated to both wavelength and time.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8746767
Pages (from-to)383-396
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Optical Communications and Networking
Issue number7
Early online date26 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • Dynamic bandwidth allocation
  • Dynamic wavelength allocation
  • Medium access control protocol
  • NG-PON2
  • Quality of service


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