APRIL 1, 2009 â�� Alloptic has announced the availability of its DOCSIS PON Controller (DPC) software, designed to enable DOCSIS provisioning and control of Alloptic's EPON system. DPC facilitates the acceleration of PON rollouts by MSOs and others using DOCSIS for service delivery, the company asserts.
DPC is engineered to enable network operators to realize the benefits of PON while continuing to use DOCSIS flow-through provisioning and control. DPC acts as a proxy between back office systems and Alloptic's GEPON system. In effect, the PON OLT appears to be a cable modem termination system (CMTS), and the PON ONU takes the place of the cable modem, resulting in PON performance from a DOCSIS-controlled network, according to the company.
"DPC solves several problems for cable operators", said Dave Emberley, research manager, telecommunications equipment at IDC. "The biggest benefit is expanding their ability to address a broader set of business needs for enhanced Ethernet and TDM services while continuing to use their OSS and billings systems. Alloptic's DPC is an important step in the evolution of deep fiber strategies toward advanced business services."
DPC works in concert with Alloptic's other products including its RFoG MicroNode ONUs, GEPON OLTs and ONTs, and the GEMS management system to allow increased operational efficiencies, bandwidth gains, and the ability to offer advanced services to residential and business customers without requiring major overhauls or replacement of OSS components, the company claims.
"We are impressed with the ease and simplicity of flow-through provisioning with Alloptic's DPC system," reports Matt Hoskins, network operations manager, NPG Cable of Saint Joseph, MO, a cable operator that has been involved in early trials of the system. "As we increase PON deployments, DOCSIS management of those networks not only expands our service offering; it improves our service delivery times."
By enabling DOCSIS-controlled PONs, service providers can enhance their current networks in a phased approach, with new network elements that excel for both greenfield and brownfield deployments, integrating tried and true technologies where rip-and-replace isn't economically feasible, Alloptic concludes.
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