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Essential Guide to Home Networking Technologies, The by GERARD O'DRISCOLL

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HYBRID FIBER-COAX (HFC) TECHNOLOGIES

Hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) technology refers to any network configuration of fiber-optic and coaxial cable that may be used to redistribute a variety of broadband entertainment services. These broadband services include telephony, interactive multimedia, high speed Internet access, video-on-demand, and distance learning. The types of services provided to consumers will vary among cable companies.

Many of the major cable television companies in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia are already using it. Networks built using HFC technology have many characteristics that make it ideal for handling the next generation of communication services. First and foremost, HFC networks can simultaneously ...

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