CEO Michael Collette said the name change is to emphasize the company’s “phy flexibility” — that is, the capability to support multiple physical-transport layers, including third-party cable modems in the future.
“For a lot of people in the cable industry, Narad referred to a very specific solution: fiber to the node,” he said. “Now, as part of this change, we’re going to be more phy-agnostic.” The company’s previous name derived from Narada, a divine Hindu sage.
Collette said the company this week will begin shipping the FTTxSwitch, an outdoor “hardened” device that provides Ethernet-over-coax, fiber and copper last-mile transport technologies.
The switch has been certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) as a carrier-class product, he added.
The FTTxSwitch is in various stages of deployment with eight operators: five in North America, including Cablevision Systems; Korea’s World Multi-Net Co.; and two systems managed by Mexico’s InterCable.
Down the road, PhyFlex is looking to support third-party cable-modem suppliers. Initially it will focus on Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) and HomePNA-over-coax technologies for extending the fiber network to small network groups, such as in multidwelling-unit buildings.