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Cable Technology Feature Article

May 05, 2010

Motorola Announces Availability of MCN100 Compact Optical Node

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Motorola Inc.'s Mobile Devices and Home Business unit announced that the new MCN100 compact optical node is now available.

The MCN100 compact optical node was built with European cable operators wanting to meet consumer demand for streaming video services, higher broadband speeds and additional high definition services.

Cable operators continue to search for ways to raise network capacity as consumer demand for better broadband and video experiences grows.

The new MCN100 from Motorola (News - Alert) offers cost-effective solution which extends fiber optics deeper into the cable operator networks to pedestal and street cabinet locations where the main deployment considerations are form factor and installation speed.

The MCN100, along with Motorola's OmniStar GX2 optical broadband transmission platform, makes a great portfolio of optical headend and node solutions which are verified to push scalability and cost-effectiveness into the fiber deep network deployments of cable operators.

Developed to meet the requirements of present European cable network, the MCN100 has several tailored features. It has two high-level RF outputs and a splitter-enabled third output which saves important space in pedestals and cabinets, network or mains powering for in-building or outside deployment, and full monitoring and management options.

Joe Cozzolina, the senior vice president and general manager at Motorola Mobile Devices and Home, stated that the MCN100 fortifies the presence of Motorola and Europe. It also shows their constant commitment to the European hybrid fiber coax market.

Part of Motorola's complete fiber deep solution set, the MCN100 works together with the Omnistar GX2 optical broadband transmission platform from Motorola. A high-density and low-cost path solution is offered by the GX2's return path receiver to assist operators get crucial space and savings on operation.  It has up to 64 independent optical return paths in a four rack unit.

GX2 transmitters have a complete range of 1550nm and 1310nm solutions to offer the right performance at the lowest possible cost for fiber deep links with minimum RF amplifier cascades.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha's article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri