Canada-based ATX networks has launched the first product in its GigaWave digital optical gateway platform at ANGACOM. Designed to provide cable operators with a powerful, futureproof and protocol-agnostic solution that enables them to expand the capacity of fibre access links between headends/hubs and outside plant facilities, the Digital Link Extender 40 (DLX40) enables MSOs to leverage the advantages of digital optics over analogue, including transporting signals over longer distances, support for additional wavelengths and other benefits associated with deep fibre architectures.
The 1RU DLX supports two DLX40 modules, each of which enables cable companies to cost-effectively aggregate up to 40 wavelengths each across optical access links of up to 60 kilometres in length. The modular GigaWave DLX provides cable operators with the flexibility to support Remote PHY (R-PHY) and Remote MACPHY (R-MACPHY) Distributed Access Architectures (DAA), as well as Passive Optical Network (PON), Small Cell/5G and enterprise business services.
“MSOs require innovative and disruptive broadband access technologies to respond to an increasingly competitive consumer and commercial enterprise market,” said Charlie Vogt, President and CEO of ATX Networks. “We are assisting our cable operator partners to evolve their linear analogue networks to IP-based, software-defined digital networks designed and architected to support full-duplex speeds of 10Gbps and higher. I think it’s safe to say, we have entered the Gigabit Era.”
The DLX modules are paired with the Digital Link Extender Remote (DLR), a passive unit that resides in the outside plant. The headend- or hub-located DLX integrates traditionally independent subsystems into a single solution, reducing power, operating cost and complexity, while enhancing reliability and operational simplicity. An additional benefit of the platform is that the built-in optical path redundancy support of the DLX and DLR eliminates the need for MSOs to double the number of switch/router interfaces for high-availability services.
The ATX GigaWave platform is technology agnostic and capable of supporting a variety of DWDM transport solutions across a number of fibre architectures, including non-redundant links and links longer than 100 kilometres. MSOs are deploying software-defined, distributed architectures to enable a variety of new services and increase network capacity. The GigaWave DLX has been selected by a marquee MSO in North America as an integral part of its next-generation DAA initiative. Deployments are scheduled to begin in autumn 2018.
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