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Cable Technology Feature Article

November 03, 2009

Aurora Networks' Node PON Platform Integrated with Sigma Systems' Device Provisioning Manager

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Aurora Networks has integrated its Node PON platform with Sigma Systems’ Device Provisioning Manager for DOCSIS equipment provisioning and activation.

Calling this a “significant” achievement, company officials said in a release that it demonstrates that cable operators can leverage the same OSS provisioning technology they employ for DOCSIS cable modem services for a network utilizing Aurora Networks’ Node PON solutions.

In the release, John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing at Aurora Networks, said that a cable operator doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel every time when it comes to provisioning OSS. “With AUROS, the same infrastructure that supports the DOCSIS plant can also support a new GEPON network.”

“The successful test of our Node PON system with Sigma Systems’ (News - Alert) DOCSIS provisioning solution shows that this type of solution is real and is available today to cable operators,” he added.

Recently, the companies introduced a DOCSIS provisioning trial utilizing Sigma System Device Provisioning Manager and Aurora’s Node PON OLT and GEPON CPE devices. This confirmed that Aurora Networks’ Node PON solution is compatible with legacy DOCSIS provisioning technology, said company officials.

In addition, the testing also verified the capabilities of Aurora Networks’ AUROS software platform. Using this platform, the company’s PON solutions can integrate seamlessly with a cable company’s OSS, and also its service provisioning and billing infrastructure.

In order to support a GEPON network, AUROS allows the same infrastructure that supports a cable operator’s DOCSIS plant. Company officials said that this enables a Node PON OLT module to be provisioned, configured and monitored much like a typical cable modem termination system (CMTS).

With Sigma Systems Device Provisioning Manager -- which automates provisioning and activation of DOCSIS, SIP and FTTx devices -- operators can manage their service offerings, and also can auto-configure and provision both business and residential end-user devices.

Aurora Networks’ Node PON technology allows cable operators to evolve their networks and expand bandwidth capacity in an effort to battle other communications providers delivering similar services.

The Node PON module can be included in the configuration of an optical node for one of several architectures, including HFC, Fiber Deep and RFPON.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard