Cable Technology Feature Article
ARRIS Intros New Portfolio of Hybrid Fiber Coax Optics, Nodes and Amplifiers
By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor
Video and broadband technology company ARRIS, which was acquired by Motorola (News - Alert) Home, launched a new portfolio of optical nodes and RF amplifiers that is expected to enhance network efficiency and multiscreen innovation in Europe.
The updated portfolio of Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) optics, nodes, and amplifiers released by ARRIS have been especially designed for European cable service providers so that they can scale their networks to deliver advanced multiscreen services to subscribers.
The new expanded portfolio of products from ARRIS features flexible design; better network performance and expanded capacity. It ensures cost efficiencies and allows for fast upgrades requiring lower installation times. They are most suitable for fiber deep applications, electronic remote control and field replaceable power supply.
The HFC products will also be able to deliver additional HD channels, VOD support, and faster broadband besides being equipped to deliver future services like Ultra-HD, said officials.
Steve McCaffery, EMEA General Manager, ARRIS said, “Research shows that subscribers’ multiscreen habits are growing rapidly, and our service provider customers want to keep ahead of that demand. However, multiscreen and TV everywhere put considerable strain on the broadband network, so our customers are looking to ARRIS' leadership in HFC to enable their shift to IP-based networks.”
The ARRIS products include compact nodes and RF amplifiers which are simply designed and economical in working. They provide three outputs (two active) and are flexible enough to serve the needs of different architectures and scenarios, and are optimized for working in various settings.
Officials added that UCN224 and UCN212 also ensures enhanced Gallium Arsenide performance that provides high RF output levels that can be deployed as fiber-deep nodes. The nodes and amplifiers have been streamlined by removing many of the plug-ins that are actually unnecessary. As the number of components is reduced it is easy to manage, reducing installation time as well.
ARRIS announced that its HMC3021 hybrid HD set-top has been selected by Vectra, Poland’s second-largest cable service provider to accelerate its shift to IP.
Edited by Ashley Caputo