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Optical Fibre Technologies and Radio Over Fibre Strategic Research for Future Networks

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Executive Summary

Wireless communication is entering a new phase where the focus is shifting from voice to multimedia services. Present consumers are no longer interested in the underlying technology; they simply need reliable and cost effective communication systems that can support Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device (ATAWAD). Globally, mobile data traffic will double every year, and reaching over 2 Exabyte's per month by 2013. Furthermore, mobile data traffic will grow from 1 petabyte per month to 1 Exabyte per month in half the time it took fixed data traffic to do so. In the 7 years from 2005 to 2012, it will have increased a thousand-fold. In addition, the Internet traffic grew from 1 petabyte per month to 1 Exabyte per month in 14 years.

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