APRIL 27, 2010 -- CommScope Inc. has made a pair of additions to its BrightPath fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) offering to expand its availability into global markets and make it compatible for use in PON applications.
CommScope’s BrightPath system is designed to integrate seamlessly within an existing hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) network of the type used by cable operators. The heart of the BrightPath system is the RF over glass (RFoG) optical network unit (R-ONU). (For more see this video interview on the Lightwave Channel.)
The new BrightPath additions fall within the R-ONU family:
- The 1610-nm return path capability R-ONU is designed to enable customers to build out RFoG links that meet the current draft Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) standard and are fully compatible with IEEE EPONs and International Telecommunications Union GPONs. This addition enables customers to operate RFoG and PON services simultaneously on a single fiber network, CommScope says.
- R-ONUs that support the EuroDOCSIS standard, enabling cable operators in Europe and Asia for the first time to use the BrightPath family of products to deliver services to customers.
“We are pleased to expand the options available in our innovative BrightPath solution for cable television and broadband operators,” said Shane Eleniak, the new vice president, advanced broadband solutions, at CommScope. “The addition of PON compatibility to our BrightPath R-ONUs ensures that our customers can build a future-looking fiber-based infrastructure with a guaranteed service evolution path from RFoG to PON, helping protect their network investment. And we are excited about bringing the benefits of BrightPath to operators outside the US for the first time. We are confident that these additional capabilities will add to the benefits customers enjoy from BrightPath, such as improved performance, reduced noise, and a lower-cost approach to delivering fiber-based services to customers.”