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Harmonic Hypes Virtual Segmentation, Other New CableOS Features and Functions

Harmonic is introducing a slate of new product features and functionality for its CableOS virtualized CCAP platform ahead of ANGA COM in Cologne, Germany this week.

Reps for the San Jose, Calif.-based technology vendor didn’t offer MCN a briefing before hopping on the plane to Germany. But they did send out a press release touting a new “low latency mode,” which they claim enables “significantly enhanced video game quality of experience.”

They also tub-thumped support for Intel’s new 1-RU server CPUs and 100G NIC, claiming double throughput performance through this hardware.

Harmonic also hyped virtual segmentation with network-wide QoS capabilities, allowing operators to increase bandwidth on existing coaxial cable to feed Remote PHY devices without deploying fiber to the new segmentation site

Other new features and functions: simultaneous support of centralized and distributed architectures on a single core server; interoperability with standard-compliant, third-party Remote PHY devices; and integration of the CableOS Pebble 1 Remote PHY device into third-party nodes.

Harmonic also said that its new CableOS software also supports hybrid Remote PHY operations for centralized, remote shelf and node deployments.

"Adding cutting-edge virtual segmentation technology and other advanced features to our CableOS offering, and riding the Intel curve to deliver more bandwidth performance with less power, Harmonic is again moving cable access technology a giant step forward,” > said Asaf Matatyaou, VP of solutions and product management for Harmonic’s cable access business, in a statement.

Related: Harmonic: Volume Deployment of CableOS is on the Way

During its first-quarter earnings call, Harmonic said that 670,000 cable customers are getting their network service through CableOS right now in markets mostly in the U.S. and Europe, a 24% uptick over the first quarter of 2018.

Harmonic also has quite a few trials underway, many with tier 1 operators including Comcast.

The tech company said CableOS was successfully deployed recently in a traditional HFC architecture with the core server in one location and compact 1RU CableOS Wave Remote PHY shelves deployed in remote locations.

Harmonic's CableOS Wave Remote PHY shelves use less than 130 Watts, bringing further power, space and cost savings to the operator.

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