4. Introduction to Radio over Fiber

  1. Nathan J. Gomes1,
  2. Paulo P. Monteiro2 and
  3. Atílio Gameiro3
  1. Nathan J. Gomes and
  2. David Wake

Published Online: 26 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118306017.ch4

Next Generation Wireless Communications Using Radio over Fiber

Next Generation Wireless Communications Using Radio over Fiber

How to Cite

Gomes, N. J. and Wake, D. (2012) Introduction to Radio over Fiber, in Next Generation Wireless Communications Using Radio over Fiber (eds N. J. Gomes, P. P. Monteiro and A. Gameiro), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118306017.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Kent, UK

  2. 2

    Universidade de Aveiro, Instituto de Telecomunicações and Nokia Siemens Networks, Portugal

  3. 3

    Universidade de Aveiro and Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal

Author Information

  1. University of Kent, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 5 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119953395

Online ISBN: 9781118306017



  • Radio over fiber;
  • analog optical communications;
  • subcarrier multiplexing


A broad overview of radio over fiber technologies and systems is provided in this chapter. At first, the key concepts that distinguish radio over fiber systems from other optical communication systems are identified and the main advantages and disadvantages of the radio over fiber approach are discussed. Categories and types of radio over fiber system are then described, contrasting modulation methods and operational frequencies, for example. The means of characterizing the performance of radio over fiber systems are then outlined, with the factors affecting performance highlighted. Finally, some of the different application areas of radio over fiber technology are presented, referring to research and commercial developments.