2. The Evolution of Broadband Ethernet

  1. Wael William Diab and
  2. Howard M. Frazier

Published Online: 8 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118121993.ch2

Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone

Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone

How to Cite

Diab, W. W. and Frazier, H. M. (2011) The Evolution of Broadband Ethernet, in Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118121993.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 24 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780738148380

Online ISBN: 9781118121993



  • Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM);
  • broadband subscriber access networks;
  • broadband wireless;
  • Ethernet in the First Mile;
  • Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN);
  • satellite communications


This chapter discusses the origins of the Ethernet in the First Mile standard. It briefly examines the technologies that had previously been applied to broadband subscriber access networks, and lists their shortcomings. The technologies include integrated services digital network (ISDN), cable modem, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), satellite communications and broadband wireless. The chapter then presents the key attributes that made Ethernet an overwhelming success in enterprise networks. It demonstrates how those attributes can be exploited to solve the seemingly intractable problem of providing a satisfying, robust, scalable, and profitable broadband subscriber access network. The chapter concludes with a thorough dissection of the objectives that the IEEE 802.3 Working Group adopted to guide the technical content of the standard.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

asynchronous transfer mode; IEEE 802.3 Standards; ISDN; radio access networks; satellite communication