JUNE 13, 2007 -- Aurora Networks (search for Aurora Networks) say it has developed a passive optical network (PON) Module that enables 100 times more capacity than conventional data delivery methods. The GE4132M PON Module fits in any NC4000 series node or Virtual Hub and is compatible with HFC, Fiber Deep, Fiber on Demand, and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) architectures, say company representatives. As a pioneer in digital return with built-in node monitoring and embedded Ethernet, Aurora says its development of a PON Module for cable is a natural step in extending the bandwidth lead against telcos.
Featuring a patent-pending design engineered to ensure compatibility with cable operators' existing network infrastructures, a new configuration of the NC4000 series node, fully populated with four PON Modules, can achieve a combined data throughput rate of 4 Gbits/sec to service up to 256 homes passed, says the company. Coupled with its support for a full 1-GHz RF passband on a 1550-nm transport, this FTTP "5G Node" reaches distances up to 80 kilometers and can be serviced with a single fiber or two fibers for optical path protection, say Aurora representatives.
"The development of Aurora's PON Module is an important step in extending cable's bandwidth lead over telephone companies," contends Doug Combs, Aurora's vice president of network architectures and field services. "With its great reach, fiber protection, 1-GHz RF video overlay, and massive bandwidth for data, the 5G Node is an exciting addition to Aurora's portfolio of optical transmission solutions," he says.
"Provisioning data services is a snap with plug-and-play or DOCSIS," adds Luis Yu, senior product manager for Aurora.
Aurora will conduct a live demonstration of the 5G Node in Booth # 2073 at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando, FL, from June 20-22.
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