The Only Resource to Cover Wireless, Wireline, and Optical Networks in One VolumeMobile and stationary next-generation networks that access the photonic core are destined to become as ubiquitous as traditional telephone networks. These networks must efficiently provide adequate network quality to multimedia applications with high bandwidth and strict quality-of-service requirements, as well as seamlessly integrate mobile and fixed architectures. Today's engineering students must be properly prepared to meet the challenges of next-generation network development and deployment.Featuring contributions from top industrial experts and academic professors, this authoritative work provides a comprehensive introduction to next-generation networks. It explains wireless networks such as wireless local area networks (WLAN), wireless personal area networks (WPAN), wireless access, 3G/4G cellular, and RF transmission, as well as optical networks like long-haul and metropolitan networks, optical fiber, photonic devices, and VLSI chips. Rather than focusing on heavy math or physical details, this resource explores how the technology is being used. It describes access and transport network layer technologies while also discussing the network and services aspects.Chapter coverage includes:Fiberwireless networks: technologies, architectures, and future challengesPacket backhaul networkPoint-to-point microwave backhaulFourth-generation broadband: paving the road to Gbit/s with copperDynamic bandwidth allocation in EPON and GPONNext-generation ethernet passive optical networks: 10G-EPONPower line communications and smart gridsSignaling for multimedia conferencing in 4G: architecture, evaluation, and issuesSelf-coexistence and security in cognitive radio networksMobile WiMAXUWB personal area networksMIMO extensionsNext-generation integrated metropolitan-access network: technology integration and wireless convergenceResilient burst ring: a novel technology for the next-generation metropolitan area networksFilled with illustrations and practical examples from industry, this book will be invaluable to engineers and researchers in industry and academia, as well as senior undergraduate and graduate students, marketing and management staff, photonics physicists, and chip designers.