Aurora Transmitter System Aims For DOCSIS 3.1

Aurora Networks, the optical and access network supplier acquired by U.K.-based set-top maker Pace last year, said a new high-density transmitter system can help MSOs get ready for DOCSIS 3.1.

Its HT3300H Series Double-Density 1310 nm Transmitter System includes 1.2 GHz transmitters, meaning it can support the higher levels of the spectrum range envisioned by DOCSIS 3.1, a CableLabs spec that’s designed to support cable’s all-IP transition and capacities of up to 10 Gbps down and 2 Gbps upstream.

Most upgraded cable plant is built out to 860 MHz or 1 GHz. An expansion to 1.2 GHz  would give MSOs some additional headroom to play with should they ever desire to boost the amount of spectrum that could be applied to the downstream or upstream.

Aurora said the new system, which doubles the number of transmitters per 3-rack unit-high chassis, could also be used to beef up the capacity used for HDTV and VOD services.

“Aurora Networks has been dedicated to providing solutions that fit cable operators’ unique capacity needs as they look to optimize their networks for next-generation broadband services,” said Gregory Heath, manager, headend products, Aurora Networks, in a statement.