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Harmonic makes it seamless for cable networks to scale capacity

Harmonic has announced CableOS Reef, a new dense Remote-PHY Shelf (RPS) that changes the dynamics of cable network capacity expansion.

By fully converging IP-based data, video and legacy services in centralised or remote facilities, this new compact indoor platform enables operators to more swiftly and economically address capacity issues while still leveraging their existing HFC outdoor access networks.

“CableOS Reef RPS builds on the growing success of our CableOS solution by defining a new category of DAA that helps operators scale bandwidth rapidly utilising their existing HFC network. With this future-proof solution, operators don’t need to continue deploying costly legacy CMTS to address immediate bandwidth capacity issues.

“Instead, they can leverage modern technology to realise instant scalability, agility and cost savings,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice-president and general manager, Cable Access Business at Harmonic.

With Harmonic’s CableOS Reef RPS, a cable operator’s services are converged over IP and transmitted from a single RF port, saving significant wiring, space and time when a node split is needed. Housing up to nine modular line cards in two standard rack units, each with two independent Remote-PHY devices (RPDs) for a total of 18 RPDs.

CableOS Reef RPS extends Harmonic’s Pebble-inside family of R-PHY devices, which also includes the modular Ripple node. With 2×4 segmentation, the Ripple node also accelerates capacity expansion through efficient node splits, with the capability to host up to two RPDs while consuming significantly less power than traditional solutions.

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