Harmonic, Hitron team on sustainable fiber platform for FTTx, ONU deployments

Sept. 20, 2022
Based on Harmonic's CableOS platform, the new FTTx and ONU product offering provides broadband operators with a flexible path to fiber.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) announced that it is now offering a new fiber platform for cable operators in collaboration with Hitron Technologies, among the primary DOCSIS customer premise equipment manufacturers in North America.

The new joint product offering combines Harmonic's CableOS FTTx solution with Hitron's NOVA-2002 and NOVA-2004 optical network units (ONUs), creating a flexible, cloud-native infrastructure for sustainable delivery of 10G symmetrical services.

According to a press release, Nelson Cable in Virginia has successfully deployed the solution for next-gen broadband delivery.

"Along with offering faster speeds, our goal with the 10G system upgrade was to improve energy efficiency and be environmentally friendly in the process," said John Holman, chief technical officer at Nelson Cable. "After a lengthy process of evaluating the available options, we chose the solution from Harmonic and Hitron based on their extensive broadband expertise, ability to deliver blazing-fast internet speeds and around-the-clock support."

Harmonic notes its CableOS platform converges multiple access technologies, including HFC DOCSIS and XGS-PON, with a unified software, provisioning and management system to enable higher speed symmetrical data transfer.

By enabling precision PON deployments, the company says its CableOS platform makes it easier for operators to scale and adapt to changing network requirements and bandwidth demands.

Further, as an open solution, the CableOS platform allows operators to select the ONU that best fits their business and service requirements while avoiding vendor lock-in. Interoperability between the CableOS platform and Hitron's ONU solutions empowers operators to deliver speeds up to 10G downstream and upstream, stated the partners.

"We're thrilled to partner with Harmonic and provide cable operators with a sustainable foundation for next-gen broadband," said Greg Fisher, president and chief technology officer at Hitron. "Combining Hitron's ONUs with Harmonic's CableOS Platform creates a flexible pathway to fiber and allows our customers to monetize their networks via high-ARPU symmetrical business services and premium-tier residential services."

"Fiber deployments are accelerating in the U.S. cable market, and we're excited to help operators embrace this broadband transformation," said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, broadband business at Harmonic. "Our joint solution with Hitron provides operators with greater optionality, business agility and environmental efficiencies, speeding up time to market for ultra-fast internet deployments."

Harmonic will demonstrate its technologies at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022 from Sept. 20-22 in Philadelphia at its booth #5037. Nearby, Hitron will showcase its fiber products at its Cable-Tec Expo booth #4037. 

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