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Cable Technology Feature Article

November 03, 2009

Aurora Networks Releases RFPON, GEPON CPEs for Cable Market

By Anamika Singh, TMCnet Contributor

Aurora Networks, Inc., an optical transport solution provider for next-generation cable services, introduced GEPON CPE and RFPON CPE – customer premises equipment – devices for the cable market, solutions that will help cable operators evolve towards all-fiber network.

Aurora Networks is a developer and manufacturer of advanced optical transport systems. It delivers solutions such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry. A technology provider driven by innovation, Aurora Networks enables MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services.

The CPEs are debuting at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2009 at Denver. The devices are part of RFPON solutions, which enables cable operators to take advantage of fiber-to-the-home, or “FTTH,” architectures. The solutions also allow operators by providing a migration path for the inclusion of PON services.

The RFPON CPE, or “CP8016U-55-42,” and GEPON CPE, or “CP8000N-66-45,” are suited for both outdoor and indoor mounting. The devices can be utilized in both residential and commercial settings and the CPEs are IEEE (News - Alert) 802.3ah, or “EPON,” compatible.

The RFPON CPE provides all of the functionality of Aurora Networks’ traditional RFoG CPE, but with 1610 nm upstream wavelength for PON compatibility. The GEPON CPE, with 1310 nm upstream wavelength, is designed to co-exist with the company’s new RFPON CPE. With Node PON OLT module, operators can now benefit from a one-stop shop as they roll out GEPON services.

The RFPON and GEPON CPEs provide additional support for Aurora Networks’ RFPON solution. Roger Blakeway, president of SCTE Europe and a member of the CSI Awards judging panel, said 

“I was impressed with the RFPON platform’s ability to allow cable operators to cost-effectively upgrade to a more energy-efficient next generation network,” Blakeway said. “The product provides a simple and compact solution to providing all-fiber architectures, and the associated ‘green’ credentials made it an obvious winner.” 

The RFPON platform supports cable operators in their deployment of FTTH networks and are customized for operators as they extend fiber-supported service offerings into new residential, business park and multi-dwelling unit markets. The products are compatible with RF over Glass and standard PON-based applications, allowing cable operators to roll out advanced FTTH networks without changing the integrity of their headend or back-office technology.

Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire