CommScope EPON Box Speaks DOCSIS

Will Show it Off at INTX
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CommScope said it will use next week’s INTX event (formerly The Cable Show) in Chicago to show off a new EPON optical line terminal that uses DOCSIS-style provisioning.

CommScope (booth 935) said the 10-Gig C9516 EPON OLT is enabled with DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE), a CableLabs spec that allows cable operators to deploy fiber-based EPON gear in tandem with the same backoffice systems that power their DOCSIS services on HFC plant.

Cable operators are using EPON and other fiber-to-the-premises technologies to serve small- and mid-sized business customers and, in some instances, to deliver high-capacity services to residential subscribers on a targeted basis. Among recent residential-focused examples, Cox is using FTTP initially for its 1-Gig offering, as is Comcast for a “Gigabit Pro” service that will deliver symmetrical 2 Gbps speeds. Both MSOs also intend to use DOCSIS 3.1 to bring gigabit services to residential subs over HFC.

“Operators are evolving their hybrid fiber/coax networks by pushing fiber optic cable deeper into the network in a variety of  fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) architectures,” Ric Johnsen, CommScope’s senior vice president, broadband, said in a statement. “Our new optical line terminal supports operators’ deployments with full 10G EPON functionality in a high-density, fully redundant and temperature-hardened platform.”

CableLabs is also working on an interoperability initiative that will enable MSOs to use DOCSIS-style provisioning on GPON-based FTTP networks.