A comprehensive introduction to optical networking: current solutions and emerging breakthroughs. In Optical Networks: third Generation Transport Systems, leading telecom consultant Uyless Black presents an authoritative introduction to the emerging technologies that will drive the next communications revolution. From MPLS to Optical over IP to the new Optical Link Management Protocol (OLMP), Black's expert explanations and practical insight will be invaluable to every professional building, deploying, or managing optical networks. Engineers new to the field will especially appreciate his review of current fiber systems, signaling, SONET/SDH standards, and how these technologies lay the foundation for tomorrow's 3G advances. Optical Networks: Third Generation Transport Systems is the first book to cover every key optical technology for-building networks of unprecedented power, flexibility, and manageability.