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Case Study Video Summary: Access to Fiber Through Pre-Existing Coax Reduces Costs of Installation

Delivers High-Speed Broadband at a Lower Install and Maintenance Cost

Stoneridge Apartments is a 256-apartment affordable homes complex spanning across 13 buildings located in the metro area of Austin, Texas, United States. PCs for People successfully deployed InCoax Network’s fiber access extension technology in the apartment housing complex.

  • Brownfield Multiple Dwelling Unit buildings fiber broadband involves significant construction efforts and approvals from the building owners.
  • Reuse existing coax infrastructure to extend fiber multi-gigabit services with minimal construction and in-unit labour, FTTB no longer requires new infrastructure to be installed, saves costs and time, and delivers higher flexibility and multi-gigabit speeds.
  • Standardized multi-gigabit capable technologies technologies including Broadband Forum’s TR-419, FTTep and MoCA Access™, a fiber access extension technology, can be deployed through systems such as InCoax Network’s fiber access extension technology can reduce costs and simplify the fiber broadband opportunities for operators and building owners.
  • The cost benefit of installing network access systems with MoCA Access™ reduces CAPEX and offers a viable alternative to FTTH installations in MDUs.
  • InCoax’s MoCA® technology-based fiber access system can combat the connectivity complexities for operators, residents, and building owners. And provides operators with a cost-effective, reliable speed option as opposed to installing expensive and labor-intensive fiber direct to the premises.

Early in the deployment process, Internet Service Provider, PCs for People, evaluated using a full fiber deployment (FTTH). An all-fiber solution proved to be too expensive. Preliminary calculations showed an average in-building total installation cost drop from US$440 (€414.24) per apartment with fiber, to US$125 (€118.00) per apartment reusing Stoneridge Apartments’ existing coax cabling infrastructure.

Partnering with PCs for People, Stoneridge Apartments now has symmetrical high-speed Internet access of 1 Gbps, thanks to PCs for People’s application of InCoax Networks’ MoCA Access™ 2.5 fiber access system.

Stoneridge apartment buildings
Stoneridge Apartments, Pflugerville, Texas, USA

“We are impressed with the performance and how well the InCoax system offers a perfect tie-in with our mission to support digital inclusion and provide connectivity to all households regardless of income. Efforts such as ours are essential today, where it is increasingly difficult to function in society without the right technologies and high-speed internet connection.” said PCs for People’s Executive Director Tom Esselman.

Stoneridge fiber deployment plan
Stoneridge fiber deployment plan across thirteen buildings.

The new incoming underground trunk fiber was connected through a centrally located fiber switch to InCoax MoCA Access 2.5 Control Units, installed in each building’s outdoor wall cabinet where the building’s coax cable network originates. The control unit connects the fiber with the coaxial network and extends the high-performance broadband capabilities to all apartments in the building. InCoax MoCA Access 2.5 modems and apartment routers allow internet access through Wi-Fi in all apartments, in- and outdoor service and social areas. The entire system is managed centrally by the InCoax Manage software.

The deployment of the MoCA Access™ 2.5 standard based InCoax fiber access system, underlines InCoax Network’s and PCs for People’s mutual mission to provide cost-effective, high-speed connectivity for streaming, and remote schooling and working from home.

in:xtnd C251 single coax port MoCA Access node
in:xtnd C251 single coax port MoCA Access™ node installed in the wall cabinet by InCoax.

in:xtnd A101 single ETH port MoCA Access Modem front and back
in:xtnd A101 single ETH port MoCA Access™ Modem (front and back) self-installed by the customer.

“MoCA® industry standards let homes, apartments, flats, hotels, and buildings reuse their existing in-building coax as the last mile access and connectivity medium for broadband communities. MoCA standards can reduce broadband installation costs. We are honored with the adoption of the MoCA Access™ 2.5 technology standard by PCs for People through MoCA member InCoax Networks for equitable access to high-speed networking,” said Dr. Jim Crammond, President of MoCA.

 


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About InCoax Networks
InCoax Networks AB specializes in the innovation of reusing existing in-building infrastructure for broadband access Providing the next-generation multi-gigabit networking solutions to the World’s leading telecom and broadband service operators, InCoax delivers the latest, most advanced and cost-effective technology available to reach multi-gigabit connectivity, where fiber is either too expensive, labor-intensive or even impossible to install. Leading products include the InCoax Controllers/DPUs, such as the new InCoax D2501, and access modems, which provide reliable, cost-effective Gigabit or Multi-Gigabit broadband speeds over existing coaxial networks.

To quickly learn more about InCoax’s Fiber Access Extension, check out this animation (incoax.com/fiber-extension/)
Competition in the broadband market is fueling the need for fiber to be pushed deeper into the network and closer to the end-user. Customer demand for fast broadband and operator’s challenge to cost-effectively provide the services with an FTTH strategy only, has sparked an interest in solutions that enable easier in-building access. Deploying InCoax’s D2501 technology is a sustainable way for operators to upgrade their existing networks, with high-speed Internet services available at the home entertainment hub in the apartment.

InCoax’s technology helps operators facilitate fast, cost-effective, and non-intrusive installations by extending fiber from the extension point (FTTep). To learn more on FTTep, check out this animation (incoax.com/deployment/)

About PCs for People
Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every project, program and initiative at PCs for People is centered on getting low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet into the homes of low-income individuals. Through an unwavering commitment to the communities we serve, we have provided 155,000 people with home computers, connected 165,000 people to low-cost internet, and recycled over 8 millions of pounds of electronics. Digital inclusion efforts such as ours are essential in today’s society, where it is increasingly hard to access education, healthcare or employment opportunities without access to a computer and the internet. Our model is a self-sustainable social enterprise centered on building community value in every part of our program.
PCsforPeople.org

About MoCA®, Multimedia over Coax Alliance
MoCA®, the coax standards for managed networks, lets people work, learn, stream and game over existing coax cables available in homes, apartments, flats, hotels, and buildings worldwide. MoCA® is a global, member-driven, non-profit trade association that creates access and connectivity coax standards for managed networks. MoCA member companies consist of global service providers (MSOs, Telco/IPTV), OEM, ODM, and semiconductor companies.
MoCAlliance.org

About Stoneridge Apartments
Stoneridge Apartments is a 256-apartment affordable homes complex spanning across 13-buildings. Conveniently located in the heart of Pflugerville, our community offers numerous dining, shopping, and entertainment options right outside of your front door, and just a short 30-minute drive Downtown Austin & Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The complex offers a variety of spacious 2-, 3- & 4-bedroom apartment homes.
StoneridgeApartmentLiving.com