SCTE Cable-Tec Expo: Two Tidbits
Since SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo took place just before we left for Spain, it has received plenty of coverage in other places. What we'd like to share is a few of the meetings we had there which introduced us to interesting technologies and capabilities we'll be following up on.
First was a meeting with Wave7Optics, which has a last mile optical access system that address residential, business and multi-tenant customers. The company has an impressive team (many from Antec) that includes experience in cable TV, optical transmission, IP communications, telecom and signal processing. We met with Emmanuel Vella, Chief Marketing Officer to review the technology and associated deployment costs, and also talked with Jim Farmer, CTO, the co-author of "the book" on cable systems.
Their system is designed to deliver both Gigabit Ethernet and standard analog video over the same passive optical fiber infrastructure. It is architecturally very similar to the traditional cable HFC structure, and is designed as a "drop-in" replacement for HFC with identical interfaces at the cable headend and customer home. Costs for FTTH are dropping rapidly and Wave7Optics's system appears to be approaching cost parity with HFC.
We've written previously about Jungo and their CableHome-based residential gateway software, so were intrigued to find it incorporated into Toshiba's new PCX4500 Wireless Cable Modem Router. We had the opportunity to meet with Fred Berry, VP/GM of Toshiba's Network Products Division, Chris Breceda, Director of Sales and Shimizu Yasuyuki, VP of Engineering to review their current and future product plans. We are looking forward to a future Broadband Home Labs test of the PCX4500, so we can try out the integrated Jungo software and built-in wireless router in our own home.
( www.wave7optics.com ) ( www.jungo.com ) ( www.tais.toshiba.com )