Harmonic adds FTTH muscle to its CableOS™ platform

Created October 2, 2019
Technologies and Products

Video delivery specialist Harmonic has added new fibre optic-related features to its cloud-native CableOS™ cable access solution. The new version includes both containerised DOCSIS CMTS and PON applications, and is designed to enable converged delivery of broadband-over-cable and FTTH services.

The improved CableOS solution takes advantage of cloud-native technology to support converged DOCSIS CMTS and FTTH PON OLT applications, and additional containerised access applications such as DOCSIS 4.0 in the future.10G EPON and 10G XGS-PON are both included in the new version, as is a remote CableOS OLT module that has the same footprint as Harmonic’s Pebble Remote PHY device. Through a single CableOS instance running in a centralised datacentre, operators can simultaneously deliver Remote PHY DOCSIS and Remote OLT FTTH services, an arrangement claimed to dramatically simplify the operational complexity of managing and scaling multiple broadband access applications.

“Building on Harmonic’s established leadership position with its CableOS offering, we are further unleashing the power of cloud-native architectures,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior VP and general manager, Cable Access Business at Harmonic (pictured). “DOCSIS CMTS and PON OLT are now simply containerised CableOS applications that run in parallel on the CableOS platform. We are delivering on the promise of smarter and simpler operations for our cable customers who are increasingly requesting converged solutions for cable- and FTTH-based broadband services.”

“Fibre-to-the-home services are increasingly becoming a standard offering alongside DOCSIS among global MSOs,” added Jeff Heynen, research director, Broadband Access and Home Networking, Dell’Oro Group. “Having a cloud-native-based platform to converge the deployment and management of both services will be critical to helping MSOs simplify the management of both services and, ultimately, ease the transition from coax to fibre when necessary.”

For more information, visit www.harmonicinc.com

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John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.