Broadband Access Networks


CMPE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Telecommunications

Course Coordinator: Chuanyi Ji

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites: None.

Catalog Description

To develop architectures and technologies of wireless and wired broadband access networks including 5G wireless, fiber to the home, hybrid fiber-coax, and digital subscriber line.


Course Outcomes

Not Applicable

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Outcome 1 (Students will demonstrate expertise in a subfield of study chosen from the fields of electrical engineering or computer engineering):
1. Explain the architecture, system interface, and networking operation of broadband access technologies for wireless and wired access networks.
2. Describe technology drivers and emerging applications as well as state-of-the-art system technologies to design next generation broadband access networks.

Outcome 2 (Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate advanced problems and apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve those problems):
1. Design and analyze signal generation, modulation, transmission channel impairment and transmission system power budget of 5G radio access networks.
2. Understand and model the operation of the 10Gb/s point-to multipoint symmetric passive access network (XGS-PON) for use in centralized Public Radio Interface (CPRI).

Outcome 3 (Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize current knowledge, technology, or techniques within their chosen subfield):
1. Design and compare a software defined OFDM and SCFDM wireless signals with 64-QAM modulation and demonstrate operation principle.

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

1. Introduction to Broadband Access Networks
a. Architectures
b. Interfaces
c. Technologies
2. Cable Access Networks
a. Physical level, Overview
i. Hybrid Fiber Coax technology
b. Services
i. Triple-play, voice, data, and video
c. Network Level
i. Network technology for HFC channels DOCSIS Protocol for cable access
3. XDSL Access Networks
a. Telephony twisted-pair copper wire transmission
b. Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
c. Example: triple-play services, U-Verse by AT&T
4. Fiber Access Networks or Passive Optical Networks (PONs)
a. FTTH architectures
ii. Access design and protocols
b. ITU-T and FSAN Standards activities
c. Example: Fiber optic service offered by Verizon (FiOs)
5. Wireless Access Networks
a. 4G LTE/LTE-Advanced, LTE Advanced Pro
b. 5G New Radio Access Networks
c. WiFi for WLAN, WiGig Alliance
d. LoRA, Sigfox, and NB-IoT for Internet of Things
e. Radio over fiber mobile fronthaul technology
f. Ultra-reliable and low-latency communications technology
g. Mobile edge computing (MEC) /Fog computing
6. Emerging 6G New Radio Access Networks and Technologies
7. Home and Indoor Access Networks
a. Wireline Access Networks
b. Wireless Access Networks
i. WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad/ah/ax/ay
ii. Bluetooth, UWB, WPAN
8. Indoor wireless positioning systems
a. Visible Light
b. Infrared
c. Millimeter wave and Microwave