European vendors launch GPON, DOCSIS hybrid platform for fiber network extension via existing last mile coax cabling – Cabling Install

Teleste Corporation (Finland), an international technology group specializing in broadband video and data communication systems, has announced a proof of concept (PoC) technology in collaboration with Iskratel, a top European provider of info-communications solutions. The companies aim to bring to market a new solution for the delivery of Internet-based broadband services that combines Iskratel’s GPON technology with Teleste’s DOCSIS-based mini-CMTS [cable modem termination system], called the DAH (DOCSIS Access Hub). The PoC solution enables operators to utilize the existing last mile coax cabling as an extension of their fiber networks.
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Olli Leppänen, vice president of distributed access for Teleste, explains, ‘Teleste recognizes the potential of DOCSIS used together with GPON in providing operators with a way to connect new customers to their high-speed networks. The last mile fiber is typically expensive and time-consuming to build, especially in brownfield areas. Where coax cabling is available, utilizing the hybrid fiber-coax infrastucture provides operators with a means to optimize the costs and time to market when expanding the multi-gigabit networks.’

The new technology is billed as a ‘plug and play way to triple-play services.’ A joint statement by the companies adds, ‘Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is a target for access infrastructure providers, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution to broadband deployment. The hybrid solution with GPON and DOCSIS technologies creates a highly viable option for meeting the consumer demand for increasingly faster Internet connections and reliable, versatile services. Both GPON and DOCSIS offer roadmaps to support the future development of the two technologies combined.’ The companies further note that ‘consumer expectations of triple-play services tend to be extremely high, with cost, convenience and speed among the top criteria for buying services [and that] a major benefit of combining GPON and DOCSIS technologies is that it allows a fast and economical way to deliver fiber-level broadband connections inside buildings with a level of service that equals using fibre all the way.’

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