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ECE Course Syllabus

ECE6613 Course Syllabus


Broadband Access Networks (3-0-3)



Catalog Description
Study and comparison of ongoing and emerging access network technologies, including hybrid-fiber-coax, FTTP/FTTH, Gigabit Ethernet, ADSL/VDSL, and ultra wideband wireless data over fiber systems.

Way, Broadband Hybrid Fiber/Coax Access System Technologies, Academic Press, 1998. ISBN 9780127387550 (required)

Ciciora, Farmer, & Large, Modern Cable Television Technology: Video, Voice, & Data Communications (2nd edition), Morgan Kaufmann, 2003. ISBN 9781558608283 (required)

Topical Outline
Introduction to Last Mile Technologies

Fundamentals of Broadband Distribution Systems 

Cable Access Networks

Physical level

Services Level

Network Level

Digital Cable Television Systems

Cable Data Transport 

Cable Telephony and Voice over IP

Comparison to Alternate Broadband Access Networks

ADSL/xDSL Access Networks

Fixed Wireless and Satellite Access Networks

Fiber Access Networks

The Last Meter: Home Networking Technologies