CABA Information Series
IS-2005-03: A Full House (FTTH) Beats HFC Every Time
The paper by Michael Bowers of Icon Broadband Technologies presents introductory material about fiber optics to the home (FTTH) and hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) distribution. The capacity of fiber optics is generally limited by the electronics at the ends of the fiber. Video is generally frequency modulated when carried on fiber, although some new systems are carrying video as IP packets. FTTH costs are now comparable to HFC, while FTTH offer greater capacity. FTTH will gradually supercede HFC.