Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Narad Raises $10 Million for HFC Bandwidth Enhancement

Narad Networks closed $10 million in new funding for its bandwidth enhancement for HFC cable systems. The company said the new funding would be used to launch its next-generation switched Ethernet platform.

Narad has begun rolling out its new FTTx for HFC platform. Its first product in this series, the FTTxSWITCH, supports Gigabit Ethernet over each of 6 fiber ports and 100Mbps Ethernet over each of 4 coaxial cable ports. The FTTxSWITCH can be deployed in Fiber To The Node (FTTN), Fiber To The Curb (FTTC) and Fiber To The Premise (FTTP) configurations. The FTTxSWITCH will also support wireless access points and standard Ethernet cabling (e.g. RJ-45). Support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet will be available later this year.

Narad's switched Ethernet solution amplifies the broadband capacity of HFC cable systems. Up to 80 Gbps of Ethernet capacity can be distributed within existing HFC cable nodes -- even those without spare fiber. Switched Ethernet over fiber can deliver up to 1 Gbps x 1 Gbps per end user. Switched Ethernet over coaxial cable can deliver up to 100 Mbps x 100 Mbps per end user. With 80 Gbps of underlying capacity, this means up to 800 households in a cable node can have 100 x 100 Mbps dedicated services. In all cases, capacity is dedicated and capable of full carrier-class Quality of Service throughout the plant.

Polaris Venture Partners, Argo Global Capital, Sofinnova and Vertical Group participated in the round. Additional closings will occur over the next 90 days.


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