Evolving cable networks
Overcoming analog optical fibers
Multiple-system operators (MSOs) are continuously pushing the limits of their cable infrastructure. They are extending fiber closer to the end customer for more per-user capacity, increased scalability and lower network cost. To achieve this, MSOs are replacing complex and expensive optical radio frequency (RF) transmission in hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks with emerging distributed access architectures (DAA) using standardized, robust Ethernet connections. This approach eliminates distance limitations and removes the need for highly linear lasers as well as expensive RF combining networks.
No more architectural limitations
Digitized fiber transmission in combination with low-cost DWDM technology enables MSOs to develop fiber deep architectures and headend consolidation. By doing this, they can reduce the number of core sites and ultimately reduce their operational costs. What’s more, advanced fiber monitoring solutions provide outside-plant teams with access to real-time fiber data, enabling them to proactively monitor and solve any issues with the fiber plant before any services are affected.
MSOs can reduce the number of core sites and ultimately reduce their operational costs.
New levels of synchronization
In HFC networks, timing is delivered with a QAM signal all the way from the headend to the cable modem. As analog RF signals are gradually replaced by Carrier Ethernet connectivity on the fiber, the advantages of standardized IEEE 1588 packet-based synchronization delivery can be achieved. This means MSOs will benefit from solutions that seamlessly scale from moderate synchronization towards precise timing, enabling them to provide demanding services such as high-value, precisely synchronized connectivity in mobile backhaul networks.