Uncommon Wisdom

Apr 1 2008   1:39PM GMT

RF over Glass: Cable’s answer to telco FTTH

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

The cable companies are taking the threat of FiOS seriously and promoting technologies that are more suitable for deep fiber and FTTH in their own plants. The activity is concentrated in what is called “RFoG” or RF over Glass, meaning mechanisms to perform the opto-electrical transformation from optical delivery of multicast RF to the CATV plant that already wires the homes. We are hearing that the idea is not to go with fiber to the home despite reports to the contrary, but rather to take more of a fiber-to-the-curb approach, wiring perhaps a dozen homes at the maximum into a CATV span off an RFoG fiber plant. Verizon has been looking at a similar notion of using a remote and MoCA to run cable into the home to reduce fiber provisioning costs in areas where the ARPU won’t justify true FTTH. We believe that there will be more and more outside plant “wiring” using a combination of fiber and coax, even among the carriers.

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