The Anatomy of an Access Network

  • Nicholas Gagnon
Part of the Optical Networks book series (OPNW)


This chapter will review the different access network technologies that promise to support multi-stream video service deliveries. Technologies such as ADSL2+/VDSL2 copper, fiber to the home/building, hybrid fiber coax, and wireless architectures will be analyzed, pinpointing the pros and cons of each of these alternatives, in context of the increasing popularity and customer demand of high-definition video services delivery over access network architectures. All these technologies have particularities and operators establishing their technology roadmaps and their business cases need definitely to have a look at the global picture before taking any specific decisions.


Access Network Wavelength Division Multiplex Voice Over Internet Protocol Passive Optical Network Broadband Service 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EXFO Inc.Quebec CityCanada

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