MAY 19, 2009 -- Aurora Networks Inc. (search Lightwave for Aurora Networks) has debuted its NC2000 optical node, the company's first 2x2 segmentable, wall- or cabinet-mounted platform intended specifically for the European cable market. (What's so European about it? Read the Lightwave Blog.) By incorporating Aurora Networks' digital return and virtual hub (VHub) technologies, the NC2000 is engineered to enable operators to maximize the bandwidth of existing hybrid fiber/coax, Fiber Deep, and RF over Glass (RFoG) deployments while simultaneously providing an optimal migration path to future network architectures with support for the company's next-generation access modules, Node PON, BitCoax, and Fiber on Demand.
With three high-level outputs and full 2x2 segmentation, the NC2000 is designed to enable European operators to effectively double targeted bandwidth capacities for subscriber services such as video on demand, high-speed data, and HDTV, without the need for additional nodes or other hardware upgrades. When used within Aurora Networks' Fiber Deep architecture, the NC2000 eliminates the need for RF amplifiers after the node, reducing active network components by up to 75 percent, cutting power and maintenance costs by 65 percent, and enabling fiber connections to be brought within a few hundred meters of each customer, Aurora asserts.
By incorporating Aurora Networks' "plug-and-play" digital return technology, the NC2000 enables European operators to improve efficiency by concentrating up to 16 nodes on one return fiber for reduced noise, increased bandwidth, and improved network return balancing, the company says. Cable operators can also realize additional savings by configuring the NC2000 as a VHub to deploy new hubs where needed, extend network reach, cut installation costs, and quickly bring new services to market, Aurora adds.
The NC2000 is now shipping and will be on display at ANGA Cable 2009 in the Cologne Fair Grounds from 26-28 May 2009 at stand #B48.
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