Harmonic introduces the PWRBlazer HLN 3812H, a compact high-output node designed to facilitate the construction of deep fiber networks

February 6, 2006

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MOSCOW -- Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq:HLIT - News) today introduced the PWRBlazer(TM) HLN 3812H, a compact high-output node designed to facilitate the construction and expansion of deep fiber networks. With the accelerating demand for bandwidth-intensive broadcast and narrowcast services -- such as high-speed Internet access, HDTV and VOD -- operators must extend the capacity and reach of their networks. The HLN 3812H, like Harmonic's other scalable and environmentally hardened PWRBlazer optical nodes, streamlines the process of segmenting the hub-to-home section of the cable network in order to increase the effective bandwidth to and from the subscriber.

A principal method of increasing the service-carrying capacity within the last mile is by driving fiber deeper into the network and segmenting subscribers into smaller service groups, typically characterized as the number of homes per node. The PWRBlazer family of nodes in conjunction with Harmonic's comprehensive range of broadband transmission solutions gives operators greater choice and flexibility when embarking on segmentation initiatives. For example, the top of the range HLN 3844 can be segmented using wave division multiplexing (WDM) transmission systems to support multiple service groups without requiring new fiber. Alternatively, operators can physically segment the network using the new HLN 3812H. The high levels of RF output provided by the HLN 3812H enable cable operators to deploy passive coax networks from the node to the home. By eliminating active components in the last mile, service providers can improve reliability and simplify maintenance, which translates to increased operational savings.

"The PWRBlazer HLN 3812H is an ideal solution for operators deploying deep fiber networks that need a small form factor high-output node," said Amy Cook, Senior Manager of Product Marketing for Distribution Network Solutions at Harmonic Inc. "Simple and easy to maintain, the HLN 3812H reduces capital and operational expenditures while offering the operator increased flexibility as part of a network segmentation solution."

Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT)

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