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Residential Fiber Optic Networks : An Engineering and Economic Analysis - David P. Reed

Residential Fiber Optic Networks

An Engineering and Economic Analysis

Hardcover Published: 19th December 1992
ISBN: 9780890066003
Number Of Pages: 368

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This book delivers information and analysis on fiber in the subscriber loop, and elucidates the competitive advantages to be gained by implementation. The book analyzes engineering, economic and policy issues involved in the deployment of residential fiber optics networks. The text includes a comparison between the telephone and cable television industries, addresses which services can be economically provided by a fiber network, predicts who is likely to deliver those services and describes the most efficient network architecture.

Engineering and Economics of Network Evolutionp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Current Controversyp. 3
Organization of the Bookp. 7
Research Methodologyp. 8
Outline of the Bookp. 9
Introducing Fiber Optics into the Subscriber Loop: A Framework for Network Evolutionp. 13
The Motivation For Fiber: The Information Age Comes Homep. 16
Integrated Services Digital Networksp. 19
Economic Factors Favoring Integrated Services Networksp. 20
Survey of Broadband Applicationsp. 23
Uncertainty of Future Servicesp. 26
The Connection Between Services and Network Architecturep. 28
Switching and Multiplexing Options Using Fiber Opticsp. 31
Network Transfer Modesp. 31
Digital Switching and Transmission Techniquesp. 33
Analog Transmission Techniques over Fiberp. 34
Photonic Switching and Multiplexingp. 37
Optical Networks in the Subscriber Loopp. 38
Today's Telephone Network: Digital Loop Carrierp. 39
Fiber-to-the-Curbp. 39
Fiber-to-the-Homep. 41
Today's Cable Television Networksp. 43
Fiber Backbonesp. 44
Market Structure for the Subscriber Loopp. 45
The Importance of Economies of Scopep. 45
Government Regulation and Market Structurep. 47
Summaryp. 51
Optical Network Architectures for the Subscriber Loopp. 57
Telephone Company Alternativesp. 59
Digital Loop Carrierp. 59
Narrowband Fiber and Copper Hybridp. 61
Passive Double Star Architecturep. 61
Bus Architecturep. 63
All-Fiber Narrowband Networkp. 63
Active Double-Starp. 62
Passive Triple-Starp. 64
Fiber-and-Coaxial Cable Hybridp. 65
Distributed Video Overlay Networkp. 65
Integrated Narrowband and Distributed Video Networkp. 67
Integrated Broadband Networkp. 67
Switched-Starp. 68
Active Double-Starp. 68
Passive Double-Starp. 69
Cable Company Alternativesp. 72
Coaxial Cable Networkp. 72
Fiber Backbone for Distributed Videop. 73
Fiber Backbone for Switched Videop. 74
Summaryp. 75
Developing the Engineering Cost Modelsp. 79
The Network Modelp. 79
Layout of the Networkp. 80
Estimating the Demand for Video Servicesp. 83
Applying the Demand Model to Alternative Architecturesp. 84
Active Double-Starp. 85
Passive Double-Starp. 85
Fiber Backbones Deployment Issuesp. 86
Estimating the Cost of Network Componentsp. 88
Passive Componentsp. 91
Electronic Componentsp. 94
Power Issues in the Subscriber Loopp. 96
General Considerationsp. 97
Estimating the Cost of Network Powerp. 98
Copper Networkp. 98
Digital Loop Carrierp. 98
Fiber to the Homep. 98
The Cost of Powering Alternative Network Architecturesp. 100
Video Headend and Jukeboxp. 103
Traditional Headend Costs for Distributed Video Equipmentp. 104
Headend Costs for Switched Video Equipmentp. 105
Customer Premises Equipmentp. 106
Summaryp. 107
Model Resultsp. 113
Network Investment Costsp. 114
Estimated Costs of Narrowband Networksp. 115
Estimated Costs of Distributed Video Alternativesp. 118
Estimated Costs of Switched Video Alternativesp. 121
Incremental Capital Costs of Switched Videop. 126
Annualized Investment Costsp. 130
Operations and Maintenance Expensesp. 133
Annualized Incremental Costs: Implications for Network Evolutionp. 135
The Case for Natural Monopolyp. 144
Lack of a Cost Structure for Operating Expensesp. 144
Uncertainty in the Cost Structurep. 145
Summaryp. 146
The Impact of Technological Breakthroughsp. 153
Digital Video Compressionp. 153
Wireless Technologiesp. 157
Fast-Packet Switchingp. 162
Optical Amplifiersp. 163
Summaryp. 164
Regulating Network Evolutionp. 167
Existing Barriers and Strategies For Network Evolutionp. 169
The Telephone Company/Cable Television Cross-Ownership Banp. 170
A Set of Regulatory Modelsp. 177
Strategic Planning For the Use of Fiber Opticsp. 178
Strategies for Telephone Companiesp. 179
Strategic Plans to Carry Narrowband Servicesp. 180
Strategic Plans to Carry Distributed Video Servicesp. 181
Strategic Plans to Carry Switched Video Servicesp. 182
Strategies for Cable Companiesp. 183
Strategic Plans to Carry Distributed Video Servicesp. 184
Strategic Plans to Carry Switched Video Servicesp. 185
Accelerated Introduction of Fiberp. 185
Differences in Network Architectures Under the Regulatory Modelsp. 186
Status Quo Modelp. 186
Common Carrier Modelp. 187
Video Dial Tone Modelp. 188
ONA Modelp. 188
Enhanced ONA Modelp. 189
Laissez-Faire Modelp. 189
Implications for Existing Residential Areasp. 189
Existing Telephone Networksp. 191
Existing Cable Television Networksp. 193
Summaryp. 194
Competition and Network Access in the Subscriber Loopp. 201
Competition Between Service Providers in the Subscriber Loopp. 202
The Role of New Broadband Servicesp. 206
The Local Franchising Processp. 207
Competition Under the Regulatory Modelsp. 210
Status Quop. 210
Common Carrier Modelp. 210
Video Dial Tone Modelp. 211
ONA Modelp. 211
Enhanced ONA Modelp. 212
Laissez Faire Modelp. 212
Who Bears the Risk?p. 212
Incentives for Mergersp. 214
Diversity of Programming Sourcesp. 217
Program Diversity in Cable Televisionp. 218
The Role of Switched Videop. 220
Program Diversity under the Regulatory Modelsp. 223
Status Quop. 223
Common Carrier Modelp. 224
Video Dial Tone Modelp. 227
ONA Modelp. 227
Enhanced ONA Modelp. 229
Laissez-Faire Modelp. 229
Summaryp. 230
Other Important Policy Objectives in the Subscriber Loopp. 235
Universal Servicep. 236
Innovation Incentivesp. 239
Customer Premises Equipmentp. 241
Customer Privacyp. 244
Summaryp. 250
Conclusionsp. 253
The Importance of the Network Evolution Frameworkp. 253
The Starting Point of Network Evolutionp. 253
Finding the Best Architecturep. 254
Strategic Objectives Using Fiberp. 256
Models of Regulationp. 258
Comparing the Regulatory Modelsp. 262
Future Researchp. 267
Cable Diagrams of the Network Alternativesp. 269
Detailed Breakdown of the Cost Estimatesp. 287
Cost Estimates Using High Levels of Video Compressionp. 327
Glossaryp. 337
Bibliographyp. 339
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780890066003
ISBN-10: 0890066000
Series: Telecommunications Library
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 19th December 1992
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.71