Broadband Cable Access Networks

Broadband Cable Access Networks, 1st Edition

The HFC Plant

Broadband Cable Access Networks, 1st Edition,David Large,James Farmer,ISBN9780123744012


Morgan Kaufmann




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A straightforward and valuable reference for anyone designing, building, maintaining, or troubleshooting a broadband cable HFC system!

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Key Features

  • Concentrates on practical concepts that will allow the user to do his own design, improvement, and trouble-shooting work.
  •  Prepares cable engineers and technicians to work with assurance as they face the latest developments and future directions.
  • Concise and tightly focused, allowing readers to easily find answers to questions about an idea or concept they are developing in this area.


This book focuses on broadband distribution and systems architecture and concentrates on practical concepts that will allow the reader to do their own design, improvement, and troubleshooting work. The objective is to enhance the skill sets of a large population that designs and builds broadband cable plants, as well as those maintaining and troubleshooting it. A large cross-section of technical personnel who need to learn these skills design, maintain, and service HFC systems from signal creation through transmission to reception and processing at the customer end point. In addition, data/voice and video specialists need to master and reference the basics of HFC design and distribution before contending with the intricacies of their own unique services. This book serves as an essential reference to all cable engineers—those who specifically design and maintain the HFC distribution plant as well as those primarily concerned with data/voice technology as well as video technology. Included is an online component consisting of spreadsheets that were used in developing the material presented in the book.


Degreed engineers and non-degreed technical professionals involved in designing and building broadband distribution networks, as well as those maintaining and troubleshooting them. Also useful as a study guide for candidates for SCTE certification (Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers).

David Large

David Large is a Principal in the consulting firm Media Connections Group. He is a Fellow Member of the SCTE, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the NCTA Engineering Committee and a member of the NCTA/EIA Joint Engineering Committee.

Affiliations and Expertise

Altrio Communications

James Farmer

James Farmer is 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Wave7 Optics

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Broadband Cable Access Networks, 1st Edition

Ch 1: Intro
Ch 2: Coaxial RF Technology
Ch 3: Coaxial Distribution Systems Design
Ch 4: Linear Fiber-Optic Signal Transportation
Ch 5: Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (WDM)
Ch 6: Linear Microwave Signal Transportation
Ch 7: End-to-End Performance
Ch 8: Upstream Issues
Ch 9: Architecture Requirements and Techniques
Ch 10: Architecture Elements and Examples
Ch 11: Emerging Technologies
Ch 12: Network Reliability and Availability

Quotes and reviews

"I think the book would be a valuable addition. I think a straightforward text will appeal to the cable engineers and technicians, and be a valuable reference for anyone designing or maintaining an HFC plant....I think it will address the target audience well. There is a lot of cable-specific lore in this area, and the authors are known authorities and that carries a lot of weight in the cable community.

-- Michael Adams, VP System Architecture, Tandberg TV/Ericsson Group

"Something in-between the "how-to" or craft-oriented books generally available and the authors' big book is a useful addition.... The proposal seems to properly excise the relevant signal distribution topics from the previous book. There may be additional interest from those at Verizon or AT/T building systems that contain an 'hfc overlay'. The Chapter and other teaching/instruction sections of the SCTE may find this book useful."

-- Dan Pike, CTO, GCI Cable

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