The potential for ‘do-it-yourself’ installation, easy maintenance, and high bending tolerance is driving the commercialization of large-core polymethylmetacrylate (PMMA) plastic optical fibres (POFs) for short-range multi-gigabit transmission capacities. Record transmission rates have been achieved, by using advanced modulation formats with simple intensity-modulation direct-detection systems with low-cost and eye-safe transceivers to enable transmission over 50-m POF links. In addition, results of transmitting high-capacity baseband signals together with wireless signals such as OFDM ultra-wide band transmitted over a single POF infrastructure are presented to highlight the key potential for POF-enabled delivery of both high-speed wired and wireless services.

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