MAY 21, 2009 -- ARRIS (search Lighwave for ARRIS) has announced the availability of its new FTTMax EPON offering, a platform designed to leverage the existing cable infrastructure and drive fiber to the premises (FTTP) as cable operators worldwide look for ways to increase revenues by offering new services to business and residential customers.
The ARRIS FTTMax EPON line, which comprises the FTTMax EPON optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network unit (ONU), is designed to enable operators to add mixed-use services easily and incrementally, without changing their existing back office operations. It can be used to expand cable operators' ability to serve small and medium businesses and emerging markets by providing Gigabit Ethernet services.
Operators already using the ARRIS CHP Max 5000 Head End chassis can add EPON to their service offerings by adding an ARRIS FTTMax EPON OLT to the CHP Max 5000 chassis and an ARRIS FTTMax EPON ONU at the customer premises. These "plug and play" modules leverage ARRIS's CORWave coordinated wavelength plan over existing HFC infrastructures, reducing up-front capital investment and allowing the EPON services to co-exist with other services, even over a single fiber.
The FTTMax OLT media converter simplifies network operations and reduces operators' investments by making use of DOCSIS back-office systems and existing routers and switches, ARRIS says. Up to 1,280 customers can be served from the 20 OLT ports per 2RU. At less than 10 W per port, this high density also comes with low power consumption, ARRIS asserts.
"Because the ARRIS FTTMax EPON systems utilize the CORWave coordinated wavelength plan and DOCSIS back-office systems, MSOs can target business services quickly, cost effectively, easily, and incrementally, while conserving fiber -- one of their most valuable assets," said ARRIS Access and Transport President John Caezza. "The cable industry has always found innovative methods of optimizing its network, and EPON-based solutions add an elegant option as they tap into new business service revenue streams while keeping pace with their residential customers' increasing information and entertainment needs."
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