iPhotonix Introduces the First IP RF-Return Module for PON Systems

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New IP RF-Return Module (6550) will deliver the most advanced and comprehensive RF Return technology.

The iPhotonix’ solution has important capabilities that continue to drive fiber-to-the-home adoption with fewer technical and financial barriers

iPhotonix, an industry innovation leader for the fiber-to-the-home technologies, today announced the release of iPhotonix RF-Return Module (the 6550), the industry's most advanced Integrated RF-Return solution in the PON market.

The 6550 incorporates a highly scalable integrated IP based return path solution using the most simplified, low-cost architecture on the market. The 6550 and the standards-compliant RF-return capabilities (SCTE-55-1 & SCTE-55-2) that are integrated in the iPhotonix terminal units (ONTs) and/or residential gateways (RGs) provide cable operators an innovative option for delivering video services to residential customers over GPON while preserving their set-top box (STB) investments.

The 6550 is an essential component of PON networks and supports both the Transparent RF-Return (TRR) and the Packet Aware RF-Return (PARR) for SCTE-55-1. The 6550 receives upstream pay-per-view or VoD signals that originated from traditional coax STBs and were later digitized in iPhotonix’s RF-return path capable iVolve ONT. Those signals are forwarded by the ONT to the 6550 to the head-end demodulator or IP aware network controller at the video head-end.

“Customers want choices, experience and simplicity when planning and migrating from HFC to PON access networks,” said Jeff Mulqueen, VP of Sales for iPhotonix. “iPhotonix' new addition to our overall RF-Return solutions meets these requirements and reduces the migration costs from HFC to PON significantly."

The iPhotonix 6550 solution provides a very competitive architecture for a scalable and interoperable infrastructure. The 6550 is currently with multiple carriers both large and small and full deployment is anticipated for early 2015. These include both domestic and multi-national service providers and cable operators throughout the globe. Customer feedback has been positive, citing business growth as a result of iPhotonix capabilities.

“Summit Broadband has been deploying iPhotonix standards-based GPON Integrated RF Return solution over the past two years and with the launch of the 6550, we are convinced it is the best solution available in the market today,” said Florencio Bulanhagui, Director Video Services, Summit Broadband. “The iPhotonix’ solution has important capabilities that continue to drive fiber-to-the-home adoption with fewer technical and financial barriers."

The 6550, originating with Siemens AG and later advanced by iPhotonix, includes the Integrated RF-Return family of products. This PON video solution easily integrates with and eventually replaces existing HFC architectures while working with multiple video head-end platforms. The solution enables seamless migration and orchestration to the management of pure IP-based video network solutions.

About iPhotonix
iPhotonix is a Richardson, Texas based company supplying technology for the optical transformation occurring throughout the globe in the residential, business, enterprise and mobile backhaul markets. iPhotonix develops and markets via its iVolve brand, the world’s first Multi-System Operable Optical Access Platform. This platform utilizes its own complete and comprehensive array of GPON & Active Ethernet access devices (ONTs, MDUs, etc.) and delivers the richest feature set of integrated voice, video, high-speed data and gateway solutions. iPhotonix has a legacy of innovation and R&D experience, building extensible solutions for triple-play services. The product portfolio reflects wide range of flexibility and expertise to benefit service providers.

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