SAN JOSE, Calif. Harmonic today announced CableOS Reef, a new dense Remote PHY Shelf (RPS) that fundamentally changes the dynamics of cable network capacity expansion. By fully converging IP-based data, video and legacy services in centralized or remote facilities, this compact new indoor platform enables operators to more swiftly and economically address capacity issues while still leveraging their existing HFC outdoor access networks.
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 delivers significantly increased density relative to existing solutions and unprecedented low power consumption per service group.
CableOS Reef RPS extends Harmonic's Pebble-inside family of R-PHY devices, which also includes the modular Ripple node. As the only field-proven R-PHY node that provides 2x4 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. Harmonic's family of R-PHY devices the Reef shelf, Ripple node, Shell node and Wave shelf now cover every cable access deployment scenario, providing unified functionality and unprecedented flexibility as operators address the urgent need for more bandwidth today and in the future.
Overall peak usage on US cable networks continues to flatten out and even decline slightly, but sustained higher levels of usage on the upstream path have persisted, according to the latest data from the NCTA.
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