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Broadband Optical Access Networks and Fiber-to-the-Home: Systems Technologies and Deployment Strategies

Chinlon Lin (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-09478-5
334 pages
July 2006
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Broadband Optical Access and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) will provide the ultimate broadband service capabilities.

Compared with the currently well-deployed broadband access technologies of ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) and Cable Modems, optical broadband access with Fiber-to-the-User’s home will cater for much higher speed access for new services.

Broadband Optical Access Networks and Fiber-to-the-Home presents a comprehensive technical overview of key technologies and deployment strategies for optical broadband access networks and emerging new broadband services.  The authors discuss network design considerations, new services, deployment trends and operational experiences, while explaining the current situation and providing insights into future broadband access technologies and services.

Broadband Optical Access Networks and Fiber-to-the-Home:

  • Offers a comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to new developments in broadband access network technologies and services.
  • Examines the impact of research and development in photonics technologies on broadband access and FTTH.
  • Covers ADSL, VDSL with FTTC (Fiber-to-the-Curb), Cable Modem over HFC (Hybrid-Fiber Coax) and Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Discusses the roles of Broadband Wireless LAN and integrated FTTH/Wireless Broadband Access as well as Broadband Home Networks.
  • Provides a global view of broadband network development, presenting different technical and system deployment approaches and strategic considerations for comparison.
  • Gives insight into the worldwide broadband competition and the future of this technology.

Broadband Optical Access Networks and Fiber-to-the-Home will be an invaluable resource for engineers in research and development, network planners, business managers, consultants as well as analysts and educators for a better understanding of the future of broadband in the field of telecommunications, data communications, and broadband multimedia service industries.

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Foreword.

Preface and Overview.

Acronyms.

Contributors List.

1 Broadband Optical Access Technologies and FTTH Deployment in NTT.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 History of Optical Technology in Japan.

1.3 Trends in Broadband Services.

1.4 Optical Access Technology Behind Broadband Services.

1.5 Conclusion.

References.

2 Today’s Broadband Fiber Access Technologies and Deployment.Considerations at SBC.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Fiber-to-the-Neighborhood (FTTX) Architecture.

2.3 ITU-T PON Standards.

2.4 PON Technology Background.

2.5 The SBC FTTH Network.

2.6 SBC Fiber to the Node (FTTN) NETWORK.

2.7 The Home Network.

2.8 Motivating the New Network – IPTV.

Summary.

General References.

3 FTTH: The Swedish Perspective.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Contents.

3.3 Definitions.

3.4 Background for the Swedish FTTH Boom.

3.5 The Swedish Broadband Market Today.

3.6 Open Networks Versus Vertical Integration.

3.7 Access Network Technologies.

3.8 Drivers, Services and Trends for the Future Broadband Networks.

3.9 Description of Key Swedish FTTH Players.

3.10 Summary.

Acknowledgements.

References.

4 Broadband Access Networks and Services in Korea.

4.1 Changing Environments and FITL Plan.

4.2 FLC-A as the First Member of the FITL.

4.3 FLC-C.

4.4 Broadband Access-XDSL.

4.5 Ethernet to the Home and WLAN.

4.6 B-PON (Broadband Passive Optical Networks).

4.7 WDM-PON.

5 Broadband Fiber-to-the-Home Technologies, Strategies, and Deployment Plan in Open Service Provider Networks: Project UTOPIA.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Municipal Perspective.

5.3 Operational Model: Open Service Provider NetworkTM.

5.4 Guiding Principles.

5.5 Technology Position: Physical Media.

5.6 Architecture Template: Outside Plant.

5.7 Architecture Template: Standards.

5.8 Architecture Template: Transport Layer Topology.

5.9 Network Technology: Technology and Vendor Selection.

5.10 Network Interfaces.

5.11 Network Operations: Capacity Management.

5.12 Conclusions.

References.

6 High-Speed FTTH Technologies in an Open Access Platform – the European MUSE Project.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Fiber Access Networks.

6.3 FTTX Technologies.

6.4 Conclusions.

References.

7 Residential Broadband PON (B-PON) Systems.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Brief History of ATM-Based PONS.

7.3 Triple Play B-PON System Architecture.

7.4 Evolution of Broadband Services.

7.5 FTTP Economics.

7.6 FTTP Deployment Practical Considerations.

7.7 Summary.

References.

8 Optical Networks for the Broadband Future.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Brief History of Fibre in Access.

8.3 Standard PON Systems.

8.4 Emerging Drivers for FTTH.

8.5 Lower Cost Architectures.

8.6 An End-to-End Vision.

8.7 Summary/Conclusions.

8.A1 Appendix.

8.A1.1 B-PON General Characteristics.

8.A1.2 G-PON General Characteristics.

References.

9 An Evolutionary Fibre-to-the-Home Network and System Technologies: Migration from HFC to FTTH Networks.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Elements of Compatibility.

9.3 The State of HFC Networks.

9.4 Comparing the Technologies.

9.5 Introduction to the Architectures of HFC and FTTH Networks.

9.6 Elements of Compatibility.

9.7 Video Issues.

9.8 Conclusion.

References.

10 FTTH Systems, Strategies, and Deployment Plans in China.

10.1 Current Status of Broadband Access.

10.2 Driving Forces of FTTH

10.3 Latest FTTH Initiatives.

10.4 FTTH Technology Considerations.

10.5 Major FTTH Players and Products.

10.6 Market Barriers.

10.7 Market Opportunities and Deployment Strategies.

References.

11 Integrated Broadband Optical Fibre/Wireless LAN Access Networks.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Directly Modulated Radio-Over-Fibre Systems.

11.3 Radio-Over-Fibre Systems Deploying Optical Frequency Conversion.

11.4 Optical Frequency Multiplying System.

11.5 Bi-Directional Multiple-Access System.

11.6 Installation Aspects of In-Building Radio-Over-Fibre Systems.

11.7 Dynamically Allocating Radio Capacity.

11.8 Concluding Remarks.

Acknowledgement.

References.

12 Broadband Optical Access, FTTH, and Home Networks – the Broadband Future.

12.1 Introduction – A Historical Perspective.

12.2 The Broadband Access Technology Options – xDSL Versus Cable Modem, HFC Versus FTTH, PON Versus P2P Ethernet.

12.3 Broadband FTTH Drivers, Triple-Play, Competition and IPTV.

12.4 Broadband Competitions Worldwide: A Few Examples.

12.5 Broadband Competition in Hong Kong.

12.6 Broadband Optical Home Networks: The Potential of Broadband Home Networking or ‘Giga-Homes’.

12.7 Research on Technologies for Next Generation Broadband Optical

Access: WDM PON Access Networks and Fiber/Wireless Integration.

12.8 The Broadband Future, with IP HDTV/VOD and HD Video Communications.

Acknowledgements.

References.

Index.

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Chinlon Lin,Professor of Photonics and Director, Center for Advanced Research in Photonics, Institute of Optical Science and Technology, Departments of Electronic Engineering and Information Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Chinlon Lin received his Ph.D. from the Univ. of California, Berkeley.  He joined AT&T Bell Labs’ Laser Sciences Research Department, Communication Sciences Research Division, researchin nonlinear optics in fibers, self-phase-modulation, tunable infrared fiber Raman lasers, fiber Raman amplifiers and four-wave-mixing for optical-frequency-conversion, as well as high-speed semiconductor laser dynamic modulation studies and high-bit-rate fiber transmission system technologies. In 1984 he was on leave from Bell Labs as a Visiting Guest Professor at the Tech. Univ. of Denmark’s Center for Broadband Communications (now COM Center).
He joined Bellcore in 1986 where he was Director of Broadband Lightwave systems Research. He led a group working on FTTH, FTTC, HFC architectures, DWDM tunable filters and EDFAs for high-capacity digital and analog video systems, dispersion compensation for high-speed DWDM systems, an experimental Bellcore Research Network, lightwave systems for multi-channel hybrid AM/QAM-digital video distribution for HFC networks, and Hybrid DWDM systems. He also provided technical consultation to Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, BellSouth and SBC Comm. on issues related to EDFA, DWDM and OC-192 systems, and analog/digital lightwave video distribution systems for FTTH/FTTC/HFC networks. He joined Tyco Submarine Sys. R & D Labs (formerly AT&T Submarine Systems) in September 1997, to work on lightwave technologies for DWDM systems in advanced next-generation global long-haul undersea fiber networks.
In May 2000 he founded Jedai Broadband Networks, a startup to work on Fiber-to-the Business high-speed access solutions for cable TV industry. He was Chairman, President and CTO. In 2002 he co-founded BeLight, a startup on GbE based optical wireless system and broadband FTTH optical access. He joined CUHK as Professor of Photonics and Director of IOSAT (Institute of Optical Science and Technology) in January 2003.
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