Advanced Television

Aurora boosts cablecos’ RoI

September 23, 2014

Nick Snow @ SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

Aurora Networks, a Pace company, and developer and manufacturer of advanced, next-generation Optical Transport and Access Network solutions for broadband networks that support the convergence of video, data and voice applications, aims to increase a cable operator’s return-on-investment with the introduction of its high-density upgradeable digital return path receiver technology. This solution complements Aurora’s Universal Digital Return transmitter technology that has now been widely deployed in cable networks around the world.

“Digital return has long been the solution of choice for cable operators as they upgrade their networks to support the ever increasing capacity demands of their subscribers,” said Scott Weinstein, vice president of marketing, Aurora Networks. ”Digital return, unlike analogue technology, maintains its performance over the extended bandwidth, remaining independent of link budget.”

Separately, Aurora has outlined how its suite of solutions are primed for DOCSIS 3.1 services. The solutions include its latest high-density transmitter technologies, node platforms and its Universal Digital Return.

According to Aurora, upgrading to the higher return bandwidth supported by DOCSIS 3.1 specifications can be very expensive, and suggests that its Universal Digital Return technology is a very efficient solution. It has built-in upgrade capability for both the transmitter and the receiver to support up to twice the return path bandwidth and single or dual return segments per wavelength; cable operators can deploy a 5-42 MHz system today which will also support a 5-85 MHz return path, when needed, at no additional cost. “No expensive ‘rip-and-replace’ needed,” says Aurora, adding that digital return technology is available to support a return path of 200+ MHz, with no performance degradation.

“With the imminent launch of DOCSIS 3.1 services, it is critical that operators ready their networks today to take advantage of all the features of this new specification,” suggested Weinstein.

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