Tuesday, May 19, 2009

ARRIS Enables Gigabit Ethernet PON Solution

ARRIS introduced an Ethernet Passive Optical Networking (EPON) solution designed to leverage the existing cable infrastructure and drive fiber to the premises.

The ARRIS FTTMax EPON solution, which is comprised of the FTTMax EPON Optical Line Terminal (OLT) and Optical Network Unit (ONU), allows operators to add mixed use services incrementally without changing their existing back office operations. Operators already using the ARRIS CHP Max 5000 Head End chassis can add EPON to their service offerings by simply adding an ARRIS FTTMax EPON OLT to the CHP Max 5000 chassis and an ARRIS FTTMax EPON ONU at the customer premises. These "plug and play" modules leverage ARRIS widely deployed CORWave coordinated wavelength plan over existing HFC infrastructures, reducing up front capital investment, and allowing the EPON services to co-exist with other services, even over a single fiber.

ARRIS said its design allows cable operators to leverage existing DOCSIS back-office systems and existing routers and switches. Up to 1,280 customers can be served from the twenty OLT ports per 2RU. At less than ten watts per port, this high density also comes with low power consumption.

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