M-net taps Harmonic for GPON RF overlay

JUNE 23, 2009 -- The Munich-based broadband service provider has deployed Harmonic's HFC gear for its new fiber to the building/home (FTTB/FTTH) service.

JUNE 23, 2009 -- Harmonic Inc. (search Lightwave for Harmonic) says that M-net Telekommunikations GmbH, a broadband telecommunications service provider based in Munich, has deployed Harmonic's HFC gear for its new GPON. M-net's new fiber to the building/home (FTTB/FTTH) service offers customers a high quality digital/analog TV service in addition to high-speed data connectivity. The full range of Harmonic's 1550-nm MAXLink optical transmitters and amplifiers were deployed as part of the M-net RF overlay project.

M-net serves large parts of Bavaria as well as the greater Ulm area. The company says it will invest several hundred million euros in fiber-optic-based broadband in Munich and Augsburg as well as other Bavarian cities over the next few years.

"Harmonic's optical transmission solution offers greater reliability, performance and cost-effectiveness for our GPON architecture," said Norbert Erl, head of central planning for M-net. "The high output levels and multiple outputs available with the amplifiers in particular met our network design criteria. Harmonic's flexibility and reliability were other favorable factors that led to our selection of Harmonic for the HFC optical network piece of the new service deployment."

Two Harmonic partners were instrumental in the M-net deployment, the vendor says. Quative served as system integrator for the entire service deployment, and Normann Engineering GmbH was key in the planning and installation of the M-net optical transport network in Munich and other Bavarian cities.

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