Motorola debuts 'Cable PON'

MAY 7, 2007 -- Motorola Inc. has unveiled "Cable PON," a technology approach designed to deliver PON equipment customized to accommodate existing cable infrastructures.

MAY 7, 2007 -- Motorola Inc. (search for Motorola) has unveiled "Cable PON," a technology approach designed to deliver PON equipment customized to accommodate existing cable infrastructures. Cable PON, a cable-driven technology, delivers the business benefits of combined HFC and PON network architectures.

The advantages cable operators gain by laying new fiber is often hampered by the inability to leverage existing HFC node presence or offer transparent delivery of their current service set. Motorola's Cable PON is designed to give these operators the ability to extend service via PON while setting the stage for seamless evolution to Motorola's GPON-enabled FTTP platform while still utilizing cable resources already in place.

By emulating a traditional coaxial network, Cable PON allows cable providers to deliver deep-fiber services that plug directly into their existing cable infrastructures and back-office operations, Motorola says. In other words, cable providers can continue to use set-top and DOCSIS equipment located in homes and headends over PON while adding new FTTP connections in proximate greenfield locations supporting broadband service delivery into residential and commercial subscriber communities.

"Hybrid networks are not new to the cable industry, but this cable-operated fiber approach is unique in both its cost-effective nature and its ability to create a migration path to future GPON FTTP deployments," said Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing and business development, Motorola Connected Home Solutions. "Motorola's Cable PON helps enable operators to enjoy the benefits of select FTTP build-outs today, including increased reliability and reduced maintenance costs, while offering consumers a seamless experience no matter what type of network reaches their front doors."

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