Pocket Guides

SCTE partners with leading cable companies to create pocket guides which are handy references loaded with practical information on the latest cable telecommunications topics and are free electronically as PDF downloads for SCTE members. Printed copies of pocket guides are available through the SCTe bookstore. If your company or organization is interested in partnering on an SCTE Pocket Guide please contact the SCTE Marketing & Business Development Department.

Pocket Guides are a joint release of SCTE and industry partners. Updates will be made periodically. If you have an comments pocket guides, or wish to offer suggestions for content, please send comments to pd@scte.org.

Network and Facilities Power Reference Guide

Network and Facilities Power Reference Guide

The Network and Facilities Power Reference Guide, designed specifically for the cable telecommunications industry, was developed to increase the level of understanding of the science of power among field engineers, operations professional and other cable personnel. Topics include: Electrical Principles, Conductors and Powering Cable Specifications, Outside Plant Powering, Critical Facilities Powering and Alternative Energy.

Of all network failures, more than 67% are avoidable, as most are caused by inadvertent human error. Leveraging Alpha's more than 30 years of experience in the power industry, the reference guide serves as "best practices" handbook for cable professionals as they address powering issues that are the foundation of reliability for all network services.


SCTE Members: Download the Free PDF in English or Spanish 

Cable Technician–Subscriber Access Networks Pocket Guide

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The Subscriber Access Networks Pocket Guide is a handy reference that places much of the industry stuff you want to know at your fingertips. Topics include safety, RF data and calculations, maintenance and troubleshooting, international television formats, cable, taps, and passives calculations and manufacturer losses, fiber data, symbols and acronyms, and data transmission. It's loaded with practical applications and opportunities for skill building. New content on packet transport (MPEG/IP) has been incorporated into this edition.