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Cable Technology Feature Article

May 18, 2010

Aurora Networks Details Strategies for Cable Operators to Capture Business Opportunity

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Aurora Networks, the optical transport solution provider that aims at delivering cost-effective and optimized platform for the next generation cable services, came out with a detailed view on how operators can leverage their existing networks to capture the business.

A detailed study about the technological strategies cable operators can use to quickly and cost effectively expand their existing networks to deliver healthy, affordable and reliable commercial offerings was showcased by the company at the CableNET Cable Show 2010 in Los Angeles. The study, a white paper titled "SMB Service Revolution (News - Alert) Portends Big Gains for Fiber-Equipped Cable Operators" also discussed information and opportunities available for the cable operators for the growth of their commercial services portfolio.

John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing, Aurora Networks, said, "Companies are accessing a sophisticated set of commercial services, whether it's cloud computing, video conferencing or telepresence. Cable operators also are supporting emerging opportunities such as cell tower backhaul and telemedicine."

"As cable operators strengthen their commercial services slate, Aurora Networks is ready to work alongside these companies as they evolve their networks to support the needs of business customers big and small," Dahlquist added.

Aurora Networks' fiber access solutions can leverage existing network infrastructure of the cable operators to support advanced commercial services in areas such as cloud computing; video, telepresence and teleconferencing, and cell tower backhaul, the company said.

Cloud computing provides businesses with the ability to access remotely hosted IT applications and data. As this opportunity develops, some cable operators use fiber and traditional HFC links.

Video, teleconferencing, and telepresence help businesses connect with telecommuting employees and clients. The telepresence applications may require up to 30 Mbps of network capacity.

The rapid integration of high bandwidth mobile services makes the need for reliable backhaul connections at cell tower locations. Cable operators could be positioned to support this with the help of Ethernet standards which is based on fiber networks located near cell towers.

The ubiquity of cable's high-speed networks will support the increasing use of telemedicine. Cable operators can partner with hardware or system integration companies to set up a part of telemedicine services, Aurora Networks said.

"With the right fiber access solutions in place, cable operators can use existing networks to deliver a strong portfolio of commercial offerings," Dahlquist said. "With a single, unified network for residential and commercial services, cable operators are competing for a portion of the commercial services business with quality offerings that are reliable, scalable and cost-effective when compared to rivals."

Aurora Networks demonstrated solutions cable operators can use to support commercial services over their networks.

RFoG and RFPON solutions from Aurora Networks help cable operators take advantage of fiber architectures, integrating unique components to overcome the deployment limitations of traditional RFoG approaches. With the help of Node PON module and RFoG VHub technology, operators can offer reliable, high-bandwidth services. It will also help the cable operators switch their RFoG network to pure PON capabilities.

Cell tower backhaul technology from Aurora Networks compiles with GT3410A T1/E1 Access Module that can provide Ethernet-based circuit emulation which helps in the delivery of Time Division Multiplexing or "TDM" traffic through high capacity Ethernet fiber. It is Metro Ethernet Forum or "MEF (News - Alert)" certified and helps the cable operators expand their installed base of nodes and fiber networks to provide backhaul support for cell towers.

Aurora Networks has other fiber access solutions that support cable's commercial deployments. They include the company's SMART Media Converter and Fiber on Demand platforms.

Earlier in May, Aurora Networks announced a reseller partnership with Technetix (News - Alert), a European broadband cable and telecommunications equipment supplier. With this partnership, Aurora Networks plans to expand its presence in the European cable market.

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

Edited by Kelly McGuire