CommScope aims CEx passive optical modules at existing GPON fiber networks

Sept. 2, 2021
CommScope says its new Coexistence (CEx) product offering stands to maximize the value of GPON fiber networks. The CEx passive optical modules enable operators to add next generation PON services over existing fiber infrastructure.

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) this week announced the launch of its Coexistence (CEx) product offering. The manufacturer says the passive optical module platform is especially designed for global communications service providers seeking to upgrade existing PON networks for increased data speeds and additional services delivery -- without having to replace or add fiber to existing PON infrastructure.

The CEx elements are part of CommScope’s portfolio of passive optical devices and are intended for seamless integration with CommScope’s lines of inside and outside plant fiber connectivity systems.

“Our new CEx portfolio is a revolutionary solution for our GPON customers looking to achieve higher data rates and deliver new enterprise, mobile backhaul, and residential services without adding additional fiber,” said James DeCoe, vice president, Network Connectivity, CommScope.

According to CommScope, the CEx modules integrate into the network near the optical line terminals (OLTs), enabling existing PON services to coexist with XGS-PON, NG-PON2, RF video, and optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR), as well as other current and future technologies. With the future in mind, an included GPON port passband allows for upgrades to 25/50G services.

The CEx elements are available in four configurations (CEx 1, CEx 2, CEx 3, and CEx4), two housing styles (NG4 and LGX), and two connector types (LC/APC and SC/APC)—offering multiple configurations to suit a range of applications. The company notes its CEx line is complemented by CommScope’s dedicated fiber expertise in field deployments and network service including the design, planning, and implementation of passive optical devices.

CommScope's DeCoe concluded, “Our Coexistence elements offer a clear path to upgrading to future PON services without changing the outside plant infrastructure, and we offer the corresponding expertise to simplify network-wide planning and deployment.”

CommScope featured the CEx product line at ISE Expo 2021 (Aug. 31 - Sept. 2).

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