Time Warner Cable deploys OpVista's optical transport system for digital video and data services

7 October 2003 Irvine, CA Lightwave--OpVista, a developer of optical transport systems for the cable industry, announced that Time Warner Cable is deploying its MetroVista 2000 system at three sites, to deliver bi-directional digital video, high speed Internet data, and legacy ATM over a single fiber.

7 October 2003 Irvine, CA Lightwave-->--OpVista, a developer of optical transport systems for the cable industry, announced that Time Warner Cable (New York) is deploying its MetroVista 2000 system at three sites, to deliver bi-directional digital video, high speed Internet data, and legacy ATM over a single fiber. The ultra-dense Gigabit Ethernet system is allowing Time Warner Cable to expand the capacity of its fiber and cover long distances without any network re-engineering.

"The OpVista system enabled Time Warner Cable's Syracuse division to quickly respond to increased bandwidth demand and turn up the new services to Cornell University and other customers rapidly by simply re-connecting existing fibers to the new equipment. The network now has virtually unlimited growth capacity with none of the dispersion management equipment required by alternate technologies," said Ron Foster, OpVista's vice president of marketing and sales.

MetroVista is providing Gigabit Ethernet transport between Fairlakes, Cortland and Ithaca in upstate New York. This commercial installation with live traffic comes on the heels of the company's recently completed field trials verifying the MetroVista system's capabilities, standards compliance, and interoperability with legacy optical equipment.

OpVista's ultra-dense optical system consolidates multiple formats and delivers up to 800 Gbits/sec on a single fiber. Because it is designed to International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standards, it works with legacy optical systems and provides an instant "patch-cord" upgrade to 10-Gbit/sec capacity. Distances up to 1000 km require no dispersion compensation or signal regeneration.

The "Broadcast and Select" architecture mirrors a cable system. All nodes see all wavelengths, and administrators select only what is needed at the drop. This results in the lowest cost per stream and also in significantly lower operating cost in a mostly uni-directional video-on-demand environment. A carrier class element management system provides visibility to all system parameters for monitoring and diagnostics including a built in optical performance monitor.

Founded in 2000, OpVista develops scalable optical transport solutions for the communications industry for the deployment of "anything on demand" services, including video, data, business, and voice. Its flagship MetroVista system is ideal for service providers seeking to deploy cost-effective, interoperable, high capacity transport solutions for video-on-demand, ATM/SONET replacement, business services, and for integrating video, voice, and data onto a single fiber. OpVista's investors include investment firms Sevin Rosen Funds, iNCUBiC, and U.S. Trust.

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