FTTx Networks

FTTx Networks

Technology Implementation and Operation

1st Edition - November 11, 2016

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  • Authors: James Farmer, Brian Lane, Kevin Bourg, Weyl Wang
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128004586
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124201378

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FTTX Networks: Technology Implementation and Operation provides an in-depth treatment of the technology and implementation of FTTX networks, discusses the environment that gave rise to FTTX, provides a survey of the available FTTX technologies, and gives users the state-of-the-art knowledge needed for successful deployment of FTTX. The book includes hands-on project planning engineering design and operations checklists, as well as recommended best practices for configuring FTTH systems and the data networks preceding them for IPTV, voice, and data, with case studies of actual FTTH systems and a methodology for predicting the performance of real systems. This book is a must-read for all network engineers, technical businesspeople, and technical specialists engaged in building FTTX networks, from technology selection, to fielding the network in production, to implementation.

Key Features

  • Compares, contrasts, and explains FTTX technologies
  • Provides hands-on project planning, engineering design, and operations checklists, allowing for a quick climb up the network design, deployment, and implementation learning curves
  • Discusses recommended best practices for configuring FTTH systems and the data networks preceding them, for IPTV, voice, and data
  • Includes case studies of actual FTTH systems and their configurations
  • Covers a methodology for predicting the performance of real systems, particularly in the optical domain


Telecom/ Engineering professionals, Network and Networking management professionals

Table of Contents

  • Part 1. Overview of FTTx

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    • Physical Technologies for Communication
    • Purpose of the Book
    • Terminology
    • Common FTTH Systems
    • Other FTTH Physical Architectures
    • FTTH Data Link and Network Protocols

    Chapter 2. Deciding to Build an FTTx Network

    • Introduction
    • Types of Organizations Building FTTH Networks
    • The Decision-Making Process
    • Industry Organization

    Part 2. FTTx Technologies

    Chapter 3. EPON

    • Introduction
    • EPON and Variations
    • EPON Key Features
    • Extensions to EPON
    • PON Optics
    • Summary

    Chapter 4. GPON

    • Introduction
    • GPON Key Features
    • OMCI
    • Element Management
    • Operational Support Systems
    • PON Optics
    • Summary

    Chapter 5. Other Network Standards

    • Introduction
    • Point-to-Point Systems
    • RF Over Glass (RFoG)
    • DOCSIS Provisioning Over EPON (DPoE)
    • EPON Protocol Over Coax (EPoC)
    • Service Interoperability in Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (SIEPON)

    Chapter 6. Optical Layer Issues

    • Introduction
    • Fiber Optic Transmission
    • The Grand Wavelength Plans
    • Real Fiber Optic Cables
    • Optical Sources in FTTH Networks
    • Optical Detectors
    • Transceivers for the OLT
    • Optical Passives
    • Headend Fiber Management
    • Laser Safety—Again
    • In Summary: If You’re Going to Make a Mistake, Make It a Big One
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 7. Choosing an FTTx Technology

    • Introduction
    • The Great Debate: PON Versus Active Ethernet
    • What About a Not-So-PON Architecture?
    • Technologies Evolve and New Standards Are Written
    • Network Operations and Service Activation
    • Choosing the Right Technology(ies) for Services Goals
    • Conclusion

    Part 3. FTTx Network Implementation

    Chapter 8. Planning to Implement the Network

    • Introduction
    • The Planning Requirements: What Must the Network Do?
    • Technical Requirements Overview
    • Open Access Networks
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 9. Outside Plant

    • Introduction
    • What Skills Do You Need?
    • How Far Can You Go?
    • Splitting Philosophy
    • Cable Color Codes
    • Aerial or Underground: A Decision Made for You
    • Connecting Fibers
    • Inside Cabling
    • Optical Performance of the FTTx Network
    • Design Methodologies
    • Testing Optical Networks
    • The Dumb, Simple, Stupid Stuff

    Chapter 10. Data Services Architecture

    • Introduction
    • Network Engineering for Access Networks
    • Assessment of Vendor Systems
    • Data Services Organization and PON-Specific Attributes
    • Unified Model for PON Data Service Architectures
    • Essential Transport Models
    • Service Model Architectures
    • High-Speed Data Service Model
    • VoIP Telephony Service Model
    • IPTV Service Model
    • RF Video Service Model
    • Overall Service Model Planning
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 11. Video Overview and Broadcast Video Architecture

    • Introduction
    • Broadcast Versus IPTV
    • Program and Cash Flow
    • How Do You Get Programming?
    • How Do You Control Programming?
    • What Goes into a Modern Headend?
    • TV Channels
    • Broadcast Plant Fundamentals and Recommended Practices
    • Summary

    Chapter 12. IPTV Architecture

    • Introduction
    • OTT Versus TV Subscription Service: Two Types of IPTV
    • Compression and Bit Rates
    • IPTV Transmission Options
    • Indeed, a Bit Is Not a Bit Is Not a Bit
    • Ad Insertion
    • Signal Grooming
    • Scrambling
    • So in Summary, How Do We Optimize It?
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 13. VoIP Architecture

    • Introduction
    • VoIP Standards
    • A Model SIP System
    • A More Detailed Look Into SIP
    • Lawful Intercept
    • Making Your Voice System Work Well
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 14. Network Management Architecture and Design

    • Network Management Architecture
    • Troubleshooting and Maintenance
    • Summary

    Part 4. FTTx Network Operation

    Chapter 15. Production Operations

    • Introduction
    • Project Lifecycle Process Overview
    • Operations in the Network Lifecycle
    • Operations Team
    • Process Book
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 16. Performance Management

    • Introduction to Performance Management
    • Description of Performance Management
    • The System Under Performance Management
    • Network Telemetry
    • Application of Performance Management
    • Strategy for Deployment
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 17. Identifying Network Threats and Security Vulnerabilities

    • Introduction
    • Definition: Denial of Service (DoS) Attack
    • Management Network Security
    • Network Routing Security
    • Conclusion

    Appendix A. Data Flow in a PON

    Appendix B. Introduction to Encryption

    Appendix C. Forward Error Correction

    Appendix D. Motivation for Quality of Service

Product details

  • No. of pages: 452
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2016
  • Published: November 11, 2016
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128004586
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124201378

About the Authors

James Farmer

James Farmer is currently Chief Network Architect, for Aurora Networks where he leads the strategy and design of Aurora’s next generation broadband network. Previously Jim was the Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President of Quality at ANTEC. A respected industry expert and communicator, Jim is widely published and is active in the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), the Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), among others. Jim is the co-author of Modern Cable Television Technology 2E (Elsevier 2003) and Broadband and Cable Access Networks (2008 Elsevier).

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Network Architect, Aurora Networks, GA, USA

Brian Lane

Brian Lane is currently Product Manager for FTTH Technology for Aurora Networks. Previously Brian held similar positions at Enablence Systems/Wave7 Optics. Brian regularly speaks at industry conferences including FTTH Conference & Expo, Interop and others.

Affiliations and Expertise

Product Manager, FTTH Technology, Aurora Networks, GA, USA

Kevin Bourg

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Director Global Market Development, Aurora Networks, GA, USA

Weyl Wang

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Business and Technology Development, Accelink USA Corporation, GA, USA

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  • Kim K. Mon Mar 12 2018

    FTTx Networks

    FTTx Networks is an excellent primer for anyone interested in developing a fiber optic network. Many of my clients are municipal utilities who want to build their own network, but are unfamiliar with this technology. FTTx Networks walks the reader through the fundamentals of optical signal delivery and explains the various types of network designs that may be considered for the appropriate application. Technically detailed enough to provide real working knowledge, but plainly written to be easily understood. I highly recommend FTTx Networks.