Cox Selects Harmonic for Upgrades


Cox Communications Inc. has reached an agreement with Harmonic Inc. for the
broadband-solutions provider to supply a variety of fiber optic products to
support system upgrades in Oklahoma and Kansas.

The parties announced the deal at the Society of Cable Telecommunications
Engineers' Cable-Tec Expo Wednesday.

The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, covers a suite of Harmonic
products that will help Cox to facilitate ongoing plant rebuilds that will
ultimately serve some 800,000 subscribers in those two states.

The upgrades will include the MSO's initial rollout of a
dense-wave-division-multiplex architecture, which increases the bandwidth
capacity of traditional hybrid fiber-coaxial networks.

Harmonic's 'METROLink' DWDM platform affords hubless distribution and
cost-effective narrowcasting directly from the headend. Additionally, Harmonic's
'PWRBlazer' scaleable nodes, return-path receiver and 'PWRLink 1310'
transmission platforms will enable Cox to deploy an array of next-generation
broadband services.

'Harmonic's architectural and optical expertise were deciding factors for
us,' Cox vice president of engineering and technology Hugh McCarley said in a
prepared statement. 'Harmonic has an extremely solid base of optical solutions,
and it is providing some real innovation in the architectural