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HFC Tap Down/Installation & Assurance

Requirements
Field Service Operations

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Author nbn co
Approvers (owners) Service Delivery Partner Manager, HFC Service Operations NSO
Status APPROVED
Issue date 25 JULY 2016
Revision number 1.0
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Revision history
Date Revision Details
10 Jun 2016 0.1 Document started
23 Jun 2016 0.2 RF levels, tables amended, document name change
07 Jul 2016 0.3 RF levels tables updated
08 Jul 2016 0.4 Prepared document for launch
11 Jul 2016 0.5 Updated document formatting
19 Jul 2016 0.6 Signal loss table added
22 Jul 2016 0.7 Upstream testing added
25 Jul 2016 0.8 Added note in wall-plate digital performance

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Contents
1 Installation & Testing Requirements ............................................................................................................ 5
1.1 Test Artefacts ................................................................................................................................................. 5
1.2 Insertion and Attenuation Assumptions ........................................................................................................ 5
1.3 Activities ......................................................................................................................................................... 6
2 OPTUS Network Channels and Signal Levels ................................................................................................. 7
2.1 Optus Tap Output Levels / PCD ...................................................................................................................... 7
2.2 Wallplate ........................................................................................................................................................ 8
2.3 Optus Wall-plate Digital Proof of performance ............................................................................................. 8
2.4 Optus Network Channel Plans and Smart Tests ............................................................................................. 9
3 Telstra Network Channels and Signal Levels ............................................................................................... 11
3.1 Telstra TAP Output Levels / PCD .................................................................................................................. 11
3.2 Wall-plate ..................................................................................................................................................... 12
3.3 Telstra Wall-plate Digital Proof of performance .......................................................................................... 12
3.4 Telstra Network Channel Plans and Smart Tests ......................................................................................... 13
4.0 Upstream Testing ......................................................................................................................................... 15
4.1 Tap & Wall-plate........................................................................................................................................... 15

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Contents Cont.
Tables

Table 1: Expected Signal Loss Table..4


Table 2: Optus Tap Pilot Levels ..................................................................................................................................... 7
Table 3: Optus Tap Minimum Digital MER BER ............................................................................................................ 7
Table 4: Wall-plate signal level acceptance .................................................................................................................. 8
Table 5: Full Optus Network Channel Plans (nbn, Optus TV, Optus Broadband) ......................................................... 9
Table 6: Optus DOCSIS Smart Test.............................................................................................................................. 10
Table 7: nbn Smart Test (Optus) ................................................................................................................................. 10
Table 8: Optus TV Smart Test ..................................................................................................................................... 10
Table 9: Optus Combined Smart Test ......................................................................................................................... 10
Table10: NBN Telstra Foxtel TAP Levels / Minimum Digital Video RF Design Levels ................................................. 11
Table 11: Wall-plate Levels NBN Telstra Foxtel .......................................................................................................... 12
Table 12: Full Telstra Network Channel Plan (nbn, Telstra Broadband, Foxtel)......................................................... 13
Table 13: Telstra Smart Test ....................................................................................................................................... 14
Table 14: nbn Smart Test (Telstra) ............................................................................................................................. 14
Table 15: Foxtel Smart Test ........................................................................................................................................ 14
Table 16: Combined Smart Test (Telstra) ................................................................................................................... 14

Table 17: Tap & Wall-Ppate Cable Modem Upstream TX Acceptance Levels.......................................................13

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1 Installation & Testing Requirements


Single Dwelling Unit (SDU) and Multi Dwelling Unit (MDU) Service Classes consist of the following
activities:
Verify Tap RF Level, MER & Pre-BER
Install NBN lead-in
Install PCD/ICD/ICD Enclosure
Install tie cable, wall-plate, fly-lead & (splitter if required)
Verify from fly-lead RF Level, MER & Pre- BER (tables 4&5)
Install NTD

1.1 Test Artefacts


Premises will comprise of the following:
Pride Tag within the Customer Premise Interface (PCD / ICD) that specifies:
o RF Levels
o MER
o Pre-FEC BER

1.2 Insertion and Attenuation Assumptions


Table 1: Expected Signal Loss Table

Passive Component Expected Signal loss

RG6 0.06dB/m @ 85Mhz

RG6 0.18dB/m @ 860Mhz

RG11 0.04dB/m @ 85Mhz

RG11 0.11dB/m @ 860Mhz

2 Way Splitter 3.5dB @ 860MHz

3 Way Splitter 5.5dB @ 860MHz

Single Isolator 1.5dB

Dual Isolator 4.0dB

F Connector 0.5dB

Wall plate 0.5dB

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1.3 Activities
The installation of new Premises consists of the following sequence:
SDU / MDU Lead in:
o Must comply with nbn RF Testing Standards
o Tap to Connection Device:
RG-6 or RG-11 cable from the tap port and terminated before the premises entry,
usually the PCD / ICD

SDU / MDU Premises Drop:


o Must comply with nbn RF Testing Standards
o Connection Device to the Wall Plate:
A customer connection upon service activation

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2 OPTUS Network Channels and Signal Levels


2.1 Optus Tap Output Levels / PCD
The RG-6/RG-11 Lead In consists of the following activities:
Tap Port: Verify forward RF levels (table 1) and connect the lead-in to the tap port
PCD / ICD: Perform digital proof of performance and terminate lead in.
To calculate signal levels at the PCD/ICD please use the insertion & attenuation assumptions
provided

Table 2: Optus Tap Pilot Levels

Tap Output levels 95.25MHz 471.25MHz 744.25MHz

RF Level (min) +11dBmV +15dBmV +14dBmV

DOCSIS Power: at 7 dB below the 471.25MHz carrier, 2 dB


DTV Power: at 3 dB below the 471.25MHz carrier, 2 dB

Table 3: Optus Tap Minimum Digital MER BER

Tap MER Pre BER (FEC)

64QAM Channels >32dB


<1.0E-8
256QAM Channels >36dB

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2.2 Wall-plate
Verify the RF levels at the end of the fly-lead. If a two way splitter is installed connect and verify RF
levels from the end of the fly-lead connected to the two way splitter.

Ensure cable losses (attenuation) & insertion losses have been calculated to validate the correct
signal levels at the wall-plate.

2.3 Optus Wall-plate Digital Proof of performance


Please ensure that all Optus & NBN downstream channels meet the following acceptance levels:
Table 4: Wall-plate signal level acceptance

Wall-Plate Optus NBN RF Digital Channel Power Levels

-12dBmV -12dBmV -12dBmV -12dBmV -12dBmV -12dBmV -12dBmV -12dBmV


RF Level To To To To To To To To
+10dBmV +10dBmV +10dBmV +10dBmV +10dBmV +10dBmV +10dBmV +10dBmV
MER >34.5dB

BER Pre-FEC: <1.0E-6

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2.4 Optus Network Channel Plans and Smart Tests


Table 5: Full Optus Network Channel Plans (nbn, Optus TV, Optus Broadband)
Channel Frequency Modulation Channel Frequency Modulation
nbnds01 138MHz QAM256 optus tv 416MHz QAM256
nbnds02 146MHz QAM256 optus tv 424MHz QAM256
nbnds03 154MHz QAM256 optus tv 432MHz QAM256
nbnds04 162MHz QAM256 optus tv 440MHz QAM256
nbnds05 170MHz QAM256 optus tv 448MHz QAM64
nbnds06 178MHz QAM256 optus tv 456MHz QAM64
nbnds07 186MHz QAM256 optus tv 464MHz QAM64
nbnds08 194MHz QAM256 optus tv 488MHz QAM64
optds01 249MHz QAM256 optus tv 496MHz QAM64
optds02 255MHz QAM256 optus tv 504MHz QAM64
optds03 261MHz QAM256 optus tv 512MHz QAM64
optds04 267MHz QAM256 optus tv 520MHz QAM64
optds05 273MHz QAM256 optus tv 602MHz QAM64
optds06 279MHz QAM256 optus tv 610MHz QAM64
optds07 285MHz QAM256 optus tv 618MHz QAM64
optds08 291MHz QAM256 optus tv 626MHz QAM64
optds09 297MHz QAM256 optus tv 634MHz QAM64
optds10 303MHz QAM256 optus tv 642MHz QAM64
optds11 309MHz QAM256 optus tv 650MHz QAM64
optds12 315MHz QAM256 optus tv 658MHz QAM64
optds13 321MHz QAM256 optus tv 666MHz QAM64
optds14 327MHz QAM256 optus tv 674MHz QAM64
optds15 333MHz QAM256 optus tv 682MHz QAM64
optds16 339MHz QAM256 optus tv 690MHz QAM64
nbnds09 347MHz QAM256 optus tv 698MHz QAM64
nbnds10 355MHz QAM256
nbnds11 363MHz QAM256
nbnds12 371MHz QAM256
nbnds13 379MHz QAM256
nbnds14 387MHz QAM256
nbnds15 395MHz QAM256
nbnds16 403MHz QAM256

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Table 6: Optus DOCSIS Smart Test Table 8: Optus TV Smart Test


Channel Frequency Modulation Channel Frequency Modulation
optds01 249MHz QAM256 opt tv 416MHz QAM256
optds04 267MHz QAM256 opt tv 448MHZ QAM64
optds06 279MHz QAM256 opt tv 496MHz QAM64
optds08 291MHz QAM256 opt tv 520MHz QAM64
optds09 297MHz QAM256 opt tv 658MHZ QAM64
optds12 315MHz QAM256 opt tv 626MHz QAM64
optds14 327MHz QAM256 opt tv 698MHz QAM64
optds16 339MHz QAM256

Table 7: nbn Smart Test (Optus) Table 9: Optus Combined Smart Test

Channel Frequency Modulation Channel Frequency Modulation


nbnds01 138MHz QAM256 nbnds01 138MHz QAM256
nbnds04 162MHz QAM256 nbnds06 178MHz QAM256
nbnds06 178MHz QAM256 optds01 249MHz QAM256
nbnds08 194MHz QAM256 optds06 279MHz QAM256
nbnds09 347MHz QAM256 optds09 297MHz QAM256
nbnds12 371MHz QAM256 optds14 327MHz QAM256
nbnds09 347MHz QAM256
nbnds14 387MHz QAM256
nbnds14 387MHz QAM256
nbnds16 403MHz QAM256
opt tv 416MHz QAM256
opt tv 496MHz QAM64
opt tv 520MHz QAM64
opt tv 626MHz QAM64
opt tv 698MHz QAM64

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3 Telstra Network Channels and Signal Levels


3.1 Telstra TAP Output Levels / PCD
The RG-6/RG-11 Lead In consists of the following activities:
Tap Port: Verify forward RF levels (Table 3) and connect the lead in to the tap port
PCD / ICD: Perform digital proof of performance and terminate lead in.
To calculate signal levels at the PCD/ICD please use the insertion & attenuation assumptions
provided.

Table 10: NBN Telstra Foxtel TAP Levels / Minimum Digital Video RF Design Levels

TAP Type (dBmV) BER


TAP MER
NBN, Telstra, Foxtel (Pre FEC)
Standard Medium MDU

64QAM Channels +5(min) +9(min) +2(min) >32dB


<1.0E-8
256QAM Channels +8(min) +12(min) +5(min) >36dB

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3.2 Wall-plate
Verify the RF levels at the end of the fly-lead. If a two way splitter is installed connect and verify RF
levels from the end of the fly-lead connected to the two way splitter.

Ensure cable losses (attenuation) & insertion losses have been calculated to validate the correct
signal levels at the wall-plate.

3.3 Telstra Wall-plate Digital Proof of performance


Please ensure that all NBN Telstra Foxtel downstream channels meet the following acceptance levels:

Table 11: Wall-plate Levels NBN Telstra Foxtel

Wall-Plate RF Digital Power Levels BER


MER
NBN,Telstra,Foxtel minimum maximum (Pre FEC)

1,2 & all amplified outlets -7


64QAM
+5 >28.5
Channels
3 outlets not amplified -10
<1.0E-6
1,2 & all amplified outlets -3
256QAM +9 >34.5
Channels
3 outlets not amplified -6

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3.4 Telstra Network Channel Plans and Smart Tests


Table 12: Full Telstra Network Channel Plan (nbn, Telstra Broadband, Foxtel)
Channel Frequency Modulation Channel Frequency Modulation
fox ch13 199MHz QAM64 nbnds09 502MHz QAM256
fox ch14 207MHz QAM64 nbnds10 510MHz QAM256
fox ch15 215MHz QAM64 nbnds11 518MHz QAM256
fox ch16 223MHz QAM64 nbnds12 526MHz QAM256
fox ch17 231MHz QAM64 nbnds13 534MHz QAM256
fox ch18 239MHz QAM64 nbnds14 542MHz QAM256
fox ch19 247MHz QAM64 nbnds15 550MHz QAM256
fox ch20 255MHz QAM64 nbnds16 558MHz QAM256
fox ch21 263MHz QAM256 fox ch67 618MHz QAM64
fox ch22 271MHz QAM256 fox ch68 626MHz QAM64
fox ch23 279MHz QAM256 fox ch69 634MHz QAM64
nbnds01 295MHz QAM256 fox ch70 642MHz QAM64
nbnds02 303MHz QAM256 fox ch71 650MHz QAM64
nbnds03 311MHz QAM256 fox ch72 658MHz QAM64
nbnds04 319MHz QAM256 fox ch73 666MHz QAM64
nbnds05 327MHz QAM256 fox ch74 674MHz QAM64
nbnds06 335MHz QAM256 fox ch75 682MHz QAM64
nbnds07 343MHz QAM256 fox ch76 690MHz QAM64
nbnds08 351MHz QAM256 fox ch77 698MHz QAM64
telds01 359MHz QAM256 fox ch78 706MHz QAM64
telds02 367MHz QAM256 fox ch79 714MHz QAM64
telds03 375MHz QAM256 fox ch80 722MHz QAM64
telds04 383MHz QAM256 fox ch81 730MHz QAM64
telds05 391MHz QAM256 fox ch82 738MHz QAM64
telds06 399MHz QAM256
telds07 407MHz QAM256
telds08 415MHz QAM256
telds09 438MHz QAM256
telds10 446MHz QAM256
telds11 454MHz QAM256
telds12 462MHz QAM256
telds13 470MHz QAM256
telds14 478MHz QAM256
telds15 486MHz QAM256
telds16 494MHz QAM256

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Table 13: Telstra Smart Test Table 15: Foxtel Smart Test
Channel Frequency Modulation Channel Frequency Modulation
telds01 359MHz QAM256 fox ch13 199MHz QAM64
telds04 383MHz QAM256 fox ch18 239MHz QAM64
telds06 399MHz QAM256 fox ch23 279MHz QAM256
telds08 415MHz QAM256 fox ch67 618MHz QAM64
telds09 438MHz QAM256 fox ch68 626MHz QAM64
telds12 462MHz QAM256 fox ch76 690MHz QAM64
telds14 478MHz QAM256 fox ch82 738MHz QAM64
telds16 494MHz QAM256

Table 14: nbn Smart Test (Telstra) Table 16: Combined Smart Test (Telstra)
Channel Frequency Modulation Channel Frequency Modulation
nbnds01 295MHz QAM256 fox ch13 199MHz QAM64
nbnds04 319MHz QAM256 fox ch18 239MHz QAM64
nbnds06 335MHz QAM256 nbnds01 295MHz QAM256
nbnds08 351MHz QAM256 nbnds06 335MHz QAM256
nbnds09 502MHz QAM256 telds01 359MHz QAM256
nbnds12 526MHz QAM256 telds06 399MHz QAM256
nbnds14 542MHz QAM256 telds09 438MHz QAM256
nbnds16 558MHz QAM256 telds14 478MHz QAM256
nbnds09 502MHz QAM256
nbnds14 542MHz QAM256
fox ch68 626MHz QAM64
fox ch76 690MHz QAM64
fox ch82 738MHz QAM64

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4.0 Upstream Testing


4.1 Tap & Wall-plate
The VeEx CX150/350 meters can operate as a DOCSIS 3.0/3.1 modem.
By testing at the wall-plate the ability of the cable modem to obtain a return channel path can be
identified.
If there is too much attenuation or noise in the return path the meter will need to transmit at an
excessively high level.
By testing at the tap this will confirm origin of the return path problem, ie, end user premises or
network

Table 17: Tap & Wall-Plate Cable Modem Upstream TX Acceptance Levels

Pass Conditional Fail


(Optimal values) (Pass) (Unacceptable values)

Cable Modem
>35dBmV 32dBmV - 35dBmV < 32dBmV
TX Upstream
<49dBmV 49dBmV - 58dBmV > 58dBmV
Levels

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