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In this paper, we experimentally investigate and demonstrate an S-band erbium-doped fiber (EDF) ring laser based on an erbium-doped silica fiber and 980-nm pumping laser. Widely tunable range from 1480 to 1522 nm, and the sidemode suppression ratio (SMSR) of >30 dB/0.1 nm and the output power of >-2 dBm in the operating range from 1482 nm to 1517 nm have been achieved for this ring laser. Under the constant power control, the output power variation less than /spl plusmn/0.05 dB can also be accomplished over the tuning range from 1482 to 1517 nm. This S-band EDF ring laser is promising for the future S-band applications.