HFC Networks

HFC Networks

HFC? What does it stand for?

When contacting a company for telecommunications services, you might probably hear them speaking about HFC networks. The question will immediately cross your mind: what is HFC and what is a HFC network?

FiberOne is an expert not only in providing a useful and explicit answer to this question, but also in implementing HFC networks. Our projects are accurately completed, and the results meet all quality standards.

What is a HFC Network?

HFC is an acronym for Hybrid Fiber Coaxial. Therefore, a HFC network is a Hybrid Fiber Coaxial network. While building a telecommunications network, we use both optical cables and coaxial cables. Fiber optics does its work from the distribution center up to an area of proximity to the end user. From that point on, coaxial cables do the data transfers to homes and offices. This way, there is no need to entirely replace the existing systems by new, fiber optics systems.

The already built networks can be simply improved. Modern technology (fiber optics) can supplement the benefits of an older network.

Hoping it is clear what a HFC network stands for, we proceed to further explanations regarding hybrid networks.

Data Transmission over a HFC Network

Within hybrid fiber coaxial networks, multiple telecommunications services are possible. Ranging from telephony to high-speed data, including digital TV, the services are marked by a considerable improvement. They are carried on radio frequency signals.

With HFC, signals travel bi-directionally: downstream (from the distribution center to the receiver) and upstream (from the home/office back to the distribution center). While the former carries internet data, voice and video content, the latter carries i.e. control signals to order a movie or internet data to send an email.

The downstream path used to have a higher capacity than the upstream one, in traditional use of telecommunications services. These days, however, the HFC networks are less asymmetrical, the capacity of the two paths being more balanced.

Benefits of Using HFC Networks

There are several benefits of collaborating with FiberOne to implement HFC networks. We guarantee:

FiberOne spotted the advantages of using HFC networks in the early days when their installation was a rare habit:

1. Fiber optic cable for the main paths allows more data to be carried than coaxial cable alone.

2. The higher bandwidth supports reverse paths for interactive data coming back from the user.

3. The portion of the infrastructure with fiber optics cable is more reliable than coaxial cable.

So, why telecommunications companies turn towards HFC networks, after all? They are designed for access to high speed broadband faster than previously anticipated. Lower costs and less disruption are, in short, the two major advantages HFC networks present to their users.