Optical Carrier

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Optical Carrier (OC) refers to the optical portion of the SONET transport network. It is the primary concern of the Photonic Layer. There are multiple SONET OC line rates including:

  • OC-1: 51.84 Mbps (seldom deployed, there is an electrical STS-1 interface instead)
  • OC-3: 155.52 Mbps
  • OC-12: 622.08 Mbps
  • OC-48: 2.48832 Gbps
  • OC-192: 9.95328 Gbps
  • OC-768: 39.81312 Gbps

See Also


<mp3>http://podcast.hill-vt.com/podsnacks/2007q3/oc-sts.mp3%7Cdownload</mp3> | Optical Carrier vs. Synchronous Transport Signal (STS)