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CommScope aligns BrightPath with PON

Tue, 04/27/2010 - 8:15am
Brian Santo

CommScope has extended its BrightPath product line to make it compatible with PON technology. Other adaptations make BrightPath also now suitable for deployments in Europe and Asia.

MSOs can use BrightPath to integrate their HFC networks with fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections. The heart of the BrightPath system is the radio frequency over glass optical network unit (R-ONU).

The first addition to the R-ONU is 1610 nanometer return path capability, which meets draft standards being developed by the SCTE, which will be compatible with IEEE and ITU RFOG standards. This addition will enable BrightPath customers to operate RFoG and PON services simultaneously on a single fiber network, CommScope said.

CommScope’s R-ONUs also now support EuroDOCSIS standards.

Shane Eleniak, vice president, Advanced Broadband Solutions, CommScope, said: “The addition of PON compatibility to our BrightPath R-ONUs ensures that our customers can build a future-looking fiber-based infrastructure with a guaranteed service evolution path from RFoG to PON, helping protect their network investment.  And we are excited about bringing the benefits of BrightPath to operators outside the US for the first time.  We are confident that these additional capabilities will add to the benefits customers enjoy from BrightPath, such as improved performance, reduced noise and a lower-cost approach to delivering fiber-based services to customers.”

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