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OC1 - Optical Carrier Level 1

What Is OC1 And How Is It Used

OC1, an acronym for Optical Carrier One, is a standard transmission specification for the bandwidth of digital data. These data bands are transmitted on a Synchronous Optical Networking system that is abbreviated, SONET. ATM banking, the Internet and telephone services use this system via fiber optics.

The rate at which this information moves is established by a numeral that is added to the abbreviation CO. Optical Carrier one is a speed of up to 51.84 Megabits. Fifty-one point eighty-four Mbit/s is considered the base for the calculation of how fast digital information is transferred. In other words, OC3 would be four times the base speed of 51.84 Mbit/s.

Advanced network management may be obtained on an optical interface system like SONET. ISDN or Broadband is usually transmitted on a SONET system. T1 and T3 Internet connections are also accommodated by this system.

Two or more paths are used in this type of optical fiber system. This allows it to switch paths in case of failure. The data is simply rerouted to use the working path. The SONET system can transmit multiple streams of data at once.

In the case of banking with ATMs, SONET allows for multiple switching of data streams and does not waste bandwidth. The Internet is may use the Synchronous Optical Network directly or make use of the existing ATM management system. Of course all this global data transfer was not possible before the invention of optical fiber.

Many frames can be transferred at the same time depending on the rate of speed. A frame can be as large as ninety columns deep and nine rows high. This large massive frame can move a lot of digital data through fiber optics.

SGI, DEC, UNIX is all operating systems that can be used with the system's software. The software is open source as of two thousand and one, when the purchase of a license requirement was dropped. This means that it can be used by anyone to create data transfer.

The OC192 is a connection used for Ethernet applications. It allows for up to ten gigabit of data transfer. Large ISPs and mega corporations that require substantial amounts of digital information to move often use this type of connection.

Medical dater transfer, astronomy, gene research are all applications that use the OC1 system. Without fiber optics, the telephone system and World Wide Web we know today wouldn't exist. Once this system was implemented the information highway exploded.

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