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Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. Advantages of Optical Fibre as a Transmission Medium. Basic Multiplexing Techniques. Evolution of Optical Networking—Major Technological Milestones. First Generation Optical Networks. Second Generation Optical Networks—Main Classes. A Closer Look at WDM Broadcast-and-Select Local Area Networks. 2. Enabling Technologies. Introduction. Classes of Optical Networks. Optical Network Components. Summary. 3. Medium Access Control Protocols. Fixed-Assignment Protocols. Random Access Protocols. Pretransmission Coordination-Based Protocols. 4. Adaptive Protocols. Adaptive TDMA Protocols. Adaptive Random Access Protocols. Adaptive Pretransmission Coordination Protocols. Centralized Packet Filtering Protocols. Index.