Outdoor W-band hybrid photonic wireless link based on an optical SFP+ module

S. Rommel, S. Rodriguez, L Chorchos, E.P. Grakhova, A.K. Sultanov, J.P. Turkiewicz, J.J. Vegas Olmos, I. Tafur Monroy

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This letter proposes a W-band hybrid photonic wireless link based on a commercial small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) module and experimentally demonstrates its performance. Using a free running laser as local oscillator and heterodyne photonic upconversion, good frequency stability is achieved. Outdoor wireless transmission over 225 m with a bit error rate below 10-6 is demonstrated, and the maximum reach of the system with typical RF components is calculated, finding wireless distances above 2 km to be feasible. Being based on a commercial SFP+, the proposed hybrid photonic wireless link offers seamless integration with existing distribution networks and passive optical networks, and thus paves the way for future mobile frontand backhaul architectures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2303-2306
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Radio-over-fiber
  • millimeter-wave communications
  • W-band wireless
  • microwave photonics
  • small form factor pluggables


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