Harmonic, CommScope Team On 'RFoG'

Harmonic and CommScope combine product offerings for cable FTTH solution

June 25, 2008

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PHILADELPHIA -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ:HLIT - News) today announced that it has worked with CommScope, Inc. to assure compatibility of products to provide cable operators with an integrated high speed fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) solution. Harmonic’s MAXLink™ forward path transmitters and return path receivers combined with CommScope’s BrightPath system enable cable operators to implement a cost-effective RF over glass (RFOG) architecture for greenfield type deployments. Integrated with the existing headend infrastructure and consumer premise equipment (CPE), this solution is a prudent use of capital and reduces traditional operating expenditures while dramatically increasing available bandwidth to the home. The new solution also allows cable operators to offer a competitive solution to telco-based FTTH architectures with a true all-fiber cable solution.

CommScope’s BrightPath system is a simple and cost effective fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) alternative to the existing telco passive optical network (PON) designs and is designed to meet the specific needs of cable operators. The strength of the architecture is that it can be applied as needed within the HFC network, leaving the operator’s current headend equipment model intact. Analog and digital services for video, voice and data match existing protocols in both the forward and reverse path.

Harmonic's MAXLink™ family of transmitters and high-power optical amplifiers is designed for 1550 nm-based network applications. The MAXLink system provides a cost-effective solution for a variety of applications and architectures, including long-haul transport and fiber-dense architectures. The forward path is used in conjunction with the widely deployed high-gain return receivers at the headend.

“In today’s highly competitive environment, the ability for cable operators to have a solution available to be able to respond to the telco architecture is crucial. This solution does not require a ‘fork-lift’ of the typically capital intensive cable headend equipment,” said Sunil Frida, Director of HFC Solutions for Harmonic Inc. “Harmonic’s forward and return path systems combined with CommScope’s unique BrightPath architecture enables MSOs to more easily deploy a cost effective FTTH architecture in a greenfield environment. As a result, operators can now cost-effectively provision significantly higher service capacity for video, voice and data to the home.”

Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT)

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