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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 21, 2010

Aurora Networks Enhances NC2000 Node Platform

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Helping service providers to deliver cable’s latest services to customers in multiple-dwelling units, Aurora Networks, an optical transport solution provider, introduced NC2000 optical node platform with mains power connectivity.

A cable operator no longer needs to connect the NC2000 node to a power line via a bulky external power supply, with the mains power enhancement. They can now simply plug the node into any standard electrical outlet. This latest enhancement makes it a simple-to-deploy node platform for delivering next-generation services to MDU residents along with the NC2000’s bottom-entry, low-profile design, which is ideal for cable operators working in tight spaces.

The advent of Fiber Deep architecture offers many advantages beyond that of increased bandwidth for the cable TV industry, which includes reduced operating costs, increased network availability and digitized return transmission technologies.

“The comments we have received from cable operators using the NC2000 are overwhelmingly favorable. Whether they are using the NC2000 in low-density areas or within MDUs, cable operators appreciate the solution’s ability to maximize the bandwidth of their networks while also providing a smooth migration path for future services and upgrades,” said John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing for Aurora Networks, in a press release.

Ideal for use within Fiber Deep and segmentation network architectures, the NC2000 with mains power enables cable system evolution toward new network architectures such as RFoG, RFPON and GEPON. The NC2000 supports next-generation access modules, including Node PON, Fiber on Demand and BitCoax. The node's modular design features high RF output levels and 2x2 segmentation with its bottom entry fiber port and three coaxial output ports, stated Aurora Networks.

In June 2008, Vidéotron Ltd. announced that it started deploying Aurora Networks’ “Fiber Deep” products as it rolls out the next-generation of its network architecture. Aurora Networks officials said that Vidéotron is using Aurora’s Fiber Deep solution to evolve its network to “cost-effectively support the growing bandwidth demands” of customers both now and into the future. The network was deployed throughout the Greater Montréal Area.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard