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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 25, 2010

Aurora's Enhanced NC2000 Platform Ideal for MDUs

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

At the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Aurora Networks will showcase the award-winning NC2000 optical node platform, which now comes equipped with mains power connectivity, reduced install complexity and trimming power requirements for delivering the latest cable services to customers in multiple-dwelling units (MDUs).

Using the NC200 node platform’s main power enhancement, the cable operator can plug the node into any standard electrical outlet thereby eliminating the need for bulky external power supply. This latest enhancement along with NC2000’s bottom-entry, low-profile design is an ideal compact solution for cable operators enabling them to deliver next generation services to MDU residents. Ideal location for installation of the node would be near electrical outlets found on walls, in a basement or a storage area.

According to John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing at Aurora Networks, there has been an overwhelming response from cable operators availing the NV2000 platform. In a press release, Dahlquist, said, “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. By offering this mains power feature, which requires only a simple electrical outlet, cable operators can quickly and cost-effectively launch new services to MDUs without the need for a cumbersome, separate power component.” He further added that with the elimination of power source results in reduction of energy consumption, thus offering additional benefits.

Fiber Deep and segmentation network architectures can make ideal use of NC2000 platform with mains power. The node platform also enables smooth migration of cable system towards new network architectures such as RFoG, RFPON and GEPON with support for next-generation access modules such as Node PON, Fiber on Demand and BitCoax. The upstream channel bonding capabilities of DOCSIS 3.0 services which is integral to the NC2000 is also supported by Aurora’s digital technology. The node’s modular design includes bottom entry fiber port, three coaxial output ports, high RF output levels and 2X2 segmentation. Compatible with NC4000 node platform, NC2000 platform can also be configured as a virtual hub (VHub) with the NC2000 Mini VHub being the popular fully operational hub in standard Aurora Networks' node housing.

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard