Aurora pushes cable upstream bandwidth capabilities

Maintaining that "operators continue to face the looming pressure to provide customers with increased upstream bandwidth capacity," Aurora Networks said it will use next week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo to introduce an upgradable node that it says will double the capacity of the return path.

According to an Aurora press release, the new product can be seamlessly upgraded from standard 5-42 MHz to 5-85 MHz return path capability when cable operators find their network limits are being stretched by new broadband demand. Aurora said an operator can purchase its 5-42 MHz technology today and, when demand calls for more upstream bandwidth, upgrade an entire node to 5-85 MHz "with the return path transmitter requiring only the push of a button."

The company cited, among other things, the need for higher return bandwidth as cable starts to deliver bigger chunks of data throughput via DOCSIS 3.0 and the upcoming DOCSIS 3.1 specifications at CableLabs.

"With new standards quickly approaching, the time is now for operators to seamlessly evolve their networks to support existing and future capacity demands," John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing for Aurora Networks, said in a statement carried in the news release. "This new solution is a demonstration of Aurora Networks' dedication to drive innovation for cable operators and provide them with the right solution for their targeted problem serving areas."

For more:
- Aurora Networks issued this press release

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