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"Chinese broadband? - I wouldn't start from here"


Published: 2 December, 2011


A famous country bumpkin once said, "If I was trying to get there, I wouldn't start from here," and this applies to many things. One of them is broadband. If you hadn't built your society around millions of fixed twisted pair telephone lines, you wouldn't have even invented DSL. But what would you have done?

Well it depends on what else you had installed and when it comes to the MDU housed Chinese, what they have is boring old bland coaxial cable. There are many ways to carry signals over such an installed base, most installed on the back of cable TV. But DSL is not one of them.

Now western technology groups are trying to take their own inventions, ideas like HPNA,, MoCA and DOCSIS, all of which can travel over coax, and adapt them as cheaply as possible to fit in with the economics and drive in China to give every home broadband, as quickly and cheaply as possible.

The WiFi chip leader Broadcom is offering an Ethernet over coax (EoC) system based on DOCSIS, which it has now pushed into two Chinese cities as part of major new technology trials. It hopes to win big.

Most people in China live in MDUs with anywhere from 20 to 200 or more residences. Fiber from the pay TV service runs deeper into the network, all the way to the side of or in the basement of the building. Residences within the building are connected to external fiber mostly by coax.

Traditional DOCSIS is too expensive because it's designed to support long runs of coax - upwards of miles - to up to 20,000 residences and that's overkill in China where a lower-cost "last 100 meters" solution is needed, not a pricey "last miles" solution.

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