Motorola Gets ‘Deeper’ On Fiber


Philadelphia—Motorola expanded its Broadband Access Network portfolio, which the company said will let cable operators drive fiber closer to the home while protecting their investments in existing infrastructure.

The new “deep fiber” products let operators convert amplifiers to optical nodes for direct migration to fiber. According to Motorola, that reduces outage time and installation costs compared with typical fiber migrations.

Motorola’s portfolio also doubles the receiver density at the fiber-optic headend, saving space for operators as they add equipment to segment node serving areas.

In addition, the vendor is introducing a 1-Gigahertz dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) narrowcast transmitter to segment Motorola’s enhanced coarse wave division multiplexing (E-CWDM) solution. The GX2-DM1000B10 1-GHz DWDM Narrowcast Transmitter provides up to 40 wavelengths for additional video-on-demand, Internet and telephony services.

“Today, MSOs are looking for innovative ways to drive fiber deeper into their HFC networks while still leveraging their existing infrastructure investments,” George Simmons, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola’s Access Networks Solutions unit, said in a statement.

Also Tuesday, Motorola highlighted CableLabs’ recent PacketCable 1.5 certification for the Surfboard SBV6220 digital voice modem.

Motorola will showcase the expanded Broadband Access Network portfolio and the SBV6220 at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ Cable-Tec Expo here this week.