It’s been a long time since the first shot was fired in the broadband wars. As the world learned about and began to embrace these new things called interactive video and the internet, the big cable TV went head to head with the telcos to fight for new market share and customer retention. And making new network investments to support these services was part of the deal.
More than a couple decades later, network investment continues. And rather than just supporting their own content and applications, carrier broadband networks now also need to support an array of over-the-top services like Netflix and other bandwidth-loving applications.
The MSOs are well positioned on this front.
MSO network assets are close to users. And these broadband network operators have the ability to leverage many of their existing investments while adopting new technology to address some of the challenges they face today.
Deep fiber is allows for all that, says Ciena.
While MSO networks have many great qualities, they also sometimes contain aging coaxial cable and analog repeaters. Limited spectrum also makes meeting customer demand a challenge, Ciena says.
Deep fiber can help address those challenges in a number of ways. It eliminates amplifiers. It brings optical-to-electrical conversion closer to subscribers, reducing homes passed per node, and moving headend functionality to the node for better performance. And it allows MSOs to migrate to Remote PHY Devices.
That enables MSOs to control their maintenance and power costs, and environmental impacts. It also allows MSOs to take their Converged Cable Access Platform networks to the next level –without abandoning their investments to date.
Bringing fiber ever-deeper into the network has been part of the plan all along. And as new applications, services, and market realities create the need for more bandwidth and better network performance, MSOs continue on this journey.
Edited by Maurice Nagle