Tuesday, April 1, 2008

SCTE Launches Fiber Standards Project

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) launched a standards effort for its RF over Glass (RFOG) project. RFOG will include a range of interfaces that enable new FTTP networks to interconnect with the cable operator's HFC network. Some of the RFOG project will involve specifications for passive splitters and directional couplers, gateway RF levels, gateway environmental requirements, and fiber-optic passive filters. It will also ensure that traditional digital set-tops and DOCSIS modems can run on FTTP plants managed by cable operators.

This is additional alternative that will improve the ability of cable companies to compete with the telcos. Home developers are showing a preference for fiber broadband rather than cable coax systems. RFOG will give the cable companies the technology to respond to these requests.

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