To me RFoG is the path to the future for CATV operators. It offers an easy way to deploy fiber to the home in a non disruptive way. Lets look at its advantages:
- Lower Cost, The price of fiber is lower than coax and the cost for electronics at the headend can be as low as $100. per customer and the house expenses are not incurred until a customer is actually hooked up;
- Fiber is actually run to the home, opening the door for many uses in the future;
- All of your DOCSIS infrastructure remains the same, you have just attached the NODE to the side of the house;
- Although not entirely true, people now believe that Fiber to the Home is the best service. With RFoG you can easily and cost effectively deploy FTTH.
When I hear of someone doing an upgrade, rebuild or extension, my first question is "are you running Fiber"? If they reply negatively, I then proceed to tell them that they are being very short sited and wasting a golden opportunity to move into the 21 century.
With 4Cable TV's new RF2F (RF to Fiber) hardened transmitters you can begin to deploy fiber at any point in you system, even if you are fiber poor coming from your headend.
As an industry we need to know THINK FIBER and we can prosper though out the 21st century.
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