Aurora Networks has introduced a physically smaller, 2x2 segmentable NC2000 node, which joins the company’s NC4000 series of four-output nodes.
The NC2000 was created specifically for the European cable market, where equipment must be installed in smaller spaces underground, rather than deployed overhead as is typical in North America and other markets.
That said, Aurora anticipates there will eventually be other opportunities for the new product. John Dahlquist, Aurora Networks’ vice president of marketing, said: “We do believe it will be a great cabinet node in the U.S. market. We think it will be great for MDUs in North America and Asia.”
The NC2000 is based on the company’s digital return and virtual hub (VHub) technologies. Like the company’s other node products, the NC2000 enables operators to extend hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) networks to more advanced architectures, from Fiber Deep and RF over glass (RFoG) to PON.
The NC2000 has three high-level outputs, and with full 2x2 segmentation, it enables European operators to effectively double targeted bandwidth capacities for subscriber services such as video-on-demand, high-speed data and high-definition TV, without the need for additional nodes or other hardware upgrades, the company said.
In Aurora’s Fiber Deep architecture, RF amplifiers are unnecessary after the node, reducing active network components by up to 75 percent, cutting power and maintenance costs by 65 percent, and enabling fiber connections to be brought within a few hundred meters of each customer, the company said.