Yes, it is possible to deploy Remote PHY, Remote MACPHY and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) together in a single network. Not only is it possible, but it is also happening. By deploying a combination of these distributed solutions, cable operators can apply the best solution to specific challenge areas in the network.
Most operators serve a mix of customer types and communities – residential and commercial, small and large, urban and rural. With DAA, R-PHY, R-MACPHY, and FTTH, operators can:
So, operators can deploy all three together, but why would they? As operators migrate from integrated CCAP solutions to DAA, they need to deploy the optimal solution for each challenge that they face in the network over time. For instance, an operator may deploy:
Just as different tools are better suited to different tasks, there will be situations calling for different types of nodes, as shown in Figure 5. Depending on the scenario, each of these approaches can make sense. Furthermore, R-PHY can be implemented as a stepping stone to R-MACPHY, and R-MACPHY can be implemented as a stepping stone to FTTH.
Figure 5: Unified network deployment of R-PHY, R-MACPHY and FTTH
DAA has been designed so that it is straight forward to place the DOCSIS MAC in either the hub/headend or in the node, or to use DPoE – all in the same network, as shown in Figure 5, and to use whichever approach makes the most sense for a particular environment.
As noted above., because DAA pushes fiber and IP deep in the network, close to the home, both R-PHY and R-MACPHY deployments to the neighborhood node are excellent stepping-stones for a long-term shift to FTTH.
This blog is the 5th in a series of blogs from Vecima Networks looking at the most asked questions we get regarding DAA and FTTH. here are the previous questions:
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