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Arris Gets Some RFoG ActionArris Gets Some RFoG Action

5:00 PM Cable vendor starts getting nibbles for its cable-optimized FTTP products

Jeff Baumgartner

August 9, 2010

2 Min Read
Arris Gets Some RFoG Action

5:00 PM -- The market for Radio Frequency Over Glass (RFoG) technology remains a niche play, but it's finally starting to gain some traction at Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS), one of cable's key suppliers.

Arris, which formally entered the RFoG game last March, won a deal with Trinity Communications that calls for the vendor to supply the cable op with gear to help it deploy a 200-mile fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network that will reach 3,000 homes and businesses in Marion and Sequatchie County, Tenn. (See Arris Enters RFoG Fray and Arris Notches RFoG Deal.)

Under the deal, Arris is supplying its CORWave II multi-wavelength forward transmitters and FTTMax RFoG Optical Network Units (ONUs) at the premises, and its TransMax RFoG Repeater to amp up the RFoG wavelengths.

RFoG, which is not yet a Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) standard, lets MSOs offer their traditional set of voice, video, and data services over FTTP while preserving their legacy headends, underlying OSSs, and consumer premises equipment (CPE), including Docsis modems and set-tops. Operators don't get much of a speed gain, but RFoG does allow them to attach PON extensions.

MSOs, typically in the Tier 2 and Tier 3 category, are using RFoG to target rural areas and greenfield opportunities in which developers insist on FTTP. (See Costs Could Keep RFoG a Niche Player and RFoG Gets the Squeeze.)

Arris hasn't specifically said how much RFoG will contribute to its bottom line, but did note during its second-quarter call that its RFoG products were starting to move from the lab to the field, and were poised to contribute revenues "over the next several quarters."

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Baumgartner, who previously had served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013, was most recently Senior Content Producer-Technology at Multichannel News, heading up tech coverage for the publication's online and print platforms, and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting & Cable, a sister publication to Multichannel News. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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