JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATIONS (JCM)
ISSN : 1796-2021
Volume : 1    Issue : 6    Date : September 2006

Exploiting Digital Switchover for Broadband Services Access in Rural Areas
George Mastorakis, Evangelos Pallis, Charalampos Mantakas, George Kormentzas and
Charalabos Skianis
Page(s): 45-50
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Abstract
The paper discuses how the imminent transition to the digital terrestrial television in UHF (Digital
Switchover) could be employed towards enabling always-on connectivity and triple-play services
access even from rural and dispersed locations, i.e. in areas where no termination/connection
exists between the local PSTN exchanger and the optical fibre core backbone. Exploiting the
European digital video broadcasting standard in regenerative configurations, the paper introduces
an architecture that utilises the television stream as a common broadband infrastructure, capable to
deliver not only custom digital television bouquets, but also and most predominant, to provide
access to triple-play services. Utilising this television beam in backhaul (middle-mile)
configurations it extends the core backbone to reach rural and dispersed locations, enabling
therefore the immediate and cost-effective deployment (in these areas) of technologies that provide
for always-on connectivity, such as WLAN, xDSL, etc.

Index Terms
Broadband access, Digital switchover, IP/DVB testbed, Pilot operation, Triple-play services