A Study on Evaluation of Access Network Transition Scenarios


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E79-B   No.8   pp.1101-1108
Publication Date: 1996/08/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Communication Networks and Services
communication networks and services,  access networks,  FTTH,  NPV,  transition method,  services,  

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The evolution of access networks towards Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) receives much attention throughout the world because FTTH has a big potential for providing future attractive services. To provide such services in terms of transmission rate, the cable network transition scenario from conventional copper cable network to optical fiber cable one in access field should be clarified. Since network transition scenario deeply depends on the service evolution scenarios (what type of service would appear at a certain time and how many customers move to the other services, for example), this paper firstly categorizes telecommunication services into four kinds of services, i.e. Basic Service (e.g. POTS), Narrowband Symmetrical Service (e.g. NISDN), Broadband Asymmetrical Services (e.g. Video-On-Demand) and Broadband Symmetrical Services (e.g. BISDN) in terms of up-and down-stream transmission rates. Based on this service categorization, it is proposed to formalize service evolution scenarios by a transition pattern of the initial demands and the penetration rates of these services. Then, the evaluation method of network transition scenarios is also proposed in terms of NPV by the service evolution scenarios. It is conclude that the network transition scenarios are deeply related to the amount and behavior of the demands moving to the other services as follows.-The scenario where the new system configuration partly replaces the old one whenever the demands appear for providing higher transmission rate services is applicable, when the demands move little or constantly move to the higher transmission rate services,-The scenario where the new system configuration totally replaces the old one at the early stage for providing all services is applicable, when the demands drastically move to the higher transmission rate services during short period.