Broadband Access Network Planning Optimization Considering Real Copper Cable Lengths

Bla PETERNEL  Andrej KOS  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E91-B   No.8   pp.2525-2532
Publication Date: 2008/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e91-b.8.2525
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Next Generation Broadband Access Technologies)
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Keyword: 
broadband,  copper network,  remote DSLAM,  xDSL,  FTTx,  optimization,  tree structure,  dynamic programming,  

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Summary: 
Broadband access network planning strategies with techno-economic calculations are important topics, when optimal broadband network deployments are considered. This paper analyzes optimal deployment combination of digital subscriber line technologies (xDSL) and fiber to the home technologies (FTTx), following different user bandwidth demand scenarios. For this reason, optimal placement of remote digital subscriber line multiplexer (RDSLAM) is examined. Furthermore, the article also discusses the economy of investments, depending on certain investment threshold and the reach of different xDSL technologies. Finally, the difference between broadband network deployment in a characteristic urban and rural area in Republic of Slovenia, in terms of required optical cable dig length per household is shown. A tree structure network model of a traditional copper access network is introduced. A dynamic programming logic, with recursion as a basis of a tree structure examination and evaluation of optimal network elements placement is used. The tree structure network model considers several real network parameters (e.g.: copper cable lengths, user coordinates, node coordinates). The main input for the optimization is a local loop distance between each user and a candidate node for RDSLAM placement. Modelling of copper access networks with a tree structure makes new extensions in planning optimization of broadband access networks. Optimization of network elements placement has direct influence on efficiency and profitability of broadband access telecommunication networks.