Equipment vendors are all endeavoring to make it easier for cable operators to gradually migrate from traditional HFC to FTTx. Arris is doing its part with a new DOCSIS Control Interface for subscriber service provisioning and system management on EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) networks.

Used with Arris' FTTMax EPON OLT and ONU equipment, the DOCSIS Control Interface enables cable operators to deploy symmetrical EPON for business services with their existing DOCSIS provisioning system, instead of creating separate back office functions.

The Control Interface incorporates middleware from EPON chip provider Teknovus. Arris, Teknovus and Incognito Software are at Cable-Tec Expo in Denver this week to demonstrate the interoperability of the DOCSIS Control Interface with Incognito Software's Broadband Command Center.

"Interoperability is an important issue for our customers, many of whom are working with DOCSIS technologies but need to run other services over fiber," said Stephane Bourque, president and CEO of Incognito Software. "This demonstration shows that we are able to connect EPON solutions from multiple vendors using existing equipment and software. All of the solutions used in the demonstration are readily available today on the open market."

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