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Overview of hybrid fiber-coaxial network deployment in the deregulated UK environment
Author(s): Alan L. Cox
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Paper Abstract

Cable operators in the U.K. enjoy unprecedented license to construct networks and operate cable TV and telecommunications services within their franchise areas. In general, operators have built hybrid-fiber-coax (HFC) networks for cable TV in parallel with fiber-copper-pair networks for telephony. The commonly used network architectures are reviewed, together with their present and future capacities. Despite this dual-technology approach, there is considerable interest in the integration of telephony services onto the HFC network and the development of new interactive services for which HFC may be more suitable than copper pairs. Certain technological and commercial developments may have considerable significance for HFC networks and their operators. These include the digitalization of TV distribution and the rising demand for high-rate digital access lines. Possible scenarios are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 November 1995
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2609, Hybrid Fiber-Coax Systems, (24 November 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.227274
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Alan L. Cox, Telecential Communications (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2609:
Hybrid Fiber-Coax Systems
Wai Sum Lai; Sam T. Jewell, Editor(s)

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