FEBRUARY 29, 2008 -- ECI Telecom (search for ECI Telecom) has launched new GPON and Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) additions to its broadband access product suite. Two new optical network units (ONUs) are being announced to address different requirements: the G-PoweRAM 48V and the MiniCAB 8V. According to the company, both ONUs allow service providers to meet higher bandwidth demands.
ECI's G-PoweRAM is intended for large multidwelling units (MDUs) in densely populated areas. It features GPON connectivity to the building and VDSL2 within the premises, allowing service providers to support as many as 48 subscribers on one unit. The poduct is based on network processor technology, supporting advanced multiplay service-enabling intelligence functionality.
For areas of smaller residential buildings, the MiniCAB is a compact device that supports up to eight subscribers and offers service providers the ability to deploy either a GbE or GPON uplink, along with VDSL2 in the site.
By deploying the two units, service providers can leverage existing inâ��building copper wiring to provide additional bandwidth for subscribers.
Service providers can transition gradually by continuing to offer DSL where required, and grow fiber as customers' demand increases, says ECI. Providers who have already deployed ECI's MSANs for DSL can leverage their existing investment when migrating to fiber as the Hi-FOCuS MSAN can also be used to deploy FTTB as well as FTTH networks. All access units can be managed under ECI's OPS centralized element management system.
The GPoweRAM 48V and the MiniCAB 8V will be available in 2Q08.
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