We propose the coded modulation schemes for ultrahigh-speed transmission (100 Gb/s and above) by using commercially available components operating at 40 gigasymbols/s. The bit-interleaved coded modulation in combination with the low-density parity-check codes that are used as component codes has been applied. The modulation is based on either M-ary quadrature-amplitude modulation or M-ary phase-shift keying. Log<sub>2</sub>M bits are mapped into the corresponding signal constellation point using either Gray or natural mapping. The coherent detection scheme has been found to outperform the direct detection one and to provide an additional margin much needed for longer transmission distances or for application in an all-optical network scenario.
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