CommScope launches EPON, GPON products

Sept. 7, 2012
Complete PON product line includes optical line terminals (OLTs), optical network units (ONUs), system-management software and installation components.

CommScope has expanded its optical access network products to offer a scalable, end-to-end Passive Optical Network (PON) platform with flexibility to accommodate both EPON [Ethernet Passive Optical Network] and GPON [Gigabit Passive Optical Network] technologies for delivering IP and Ethernet services and business communications. The complete product line includes optical line terminals (OLTs), optical network units (ONUs), system-management software and installation components. With both 1G and 10G capabilities, the system provides operators an easy migration path for future capacity.

CommScope says the new PON family of active and passive optical devices provide rural communities, electric cooperatives, multiple system operators, municipalities and governments the ability to deliver advanced voice, video, and data services to their subscribers using fiber-optic cables. According to the company, the OLTs provide high throughput and capacity in an easily deployed and maintained chassis. ONUs include single- and multi-user and small form factor pluggable units, which feature an assortment of Ethernet, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and voice ports, along with WiFi capabilities for the connectivity a subscriber requires.

The entire platform is designed to integrate seamlessly into an operator’s management architecture with software that performs system backups and upgrades, as well as real-time fault monitoring. Small and large OLTs and multiple ONUs provide operators with the instruments needed to optimize their network architecture while minimizing first-install costs and reducing operating costs and capital expenditures, claims the company.

The platform has been designed to be deployed in various situations including residential FTTX, access networks for commercial accounts, multi-dwelling units, commercial in-building, security and building automation and wireless access points. Via the new PON solution and combined with proprietary optical tap technology, FTTX deployments are affordable even in low-density applications, contends CommScope.

“Technology is continuing to progress at a rapid pace and operators must keep up with their customers’ increasing demand for bandwidth,” comments Ric Johnsen, senior vice president, Broadband, CommScope. “Our new PON solution provides an alternative technology for operators to deploy competitive Ethernet services to small- and medium-sized business and improved bandwidth to rural areas."

The new PON platform will be introduced during next month's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo (Oct. 17-19) in Orlando, FL.

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