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Building on the momentum of its recent GigaWave Optical Gateway Platform launch and aiming to enable cable operators to have a transition to the new infrastructure, ATX has unveiled new distributed access architecture (DAA) node technology.

Atx 28OCt2018Principally the company has launched a multipurpose, future-ready optical node that it claims will deliver MSOs with ‘unprecedented’ performance and agility, allowing them to use the current capabilities of DAA and also future technologies and architectures as they become available.

ATX believes that legacy nodes currently place constraints on how efficiently MSOs can evolve their networks, insisting that today’s installed base of optical nodes lacks the flexibility, power dissipation and efficiency that MSOs will require to increase capacity and support new standards and technologies as they become available in the future.

By contrast ATVX says that its next-gen nodes offer superior power dissipation and built-in support for future spectrum expansion empowers MSOs to address near-term requirements for Remote PHY Device (RPD) or Remote MACPHY Device (RMD) applications, as well as provides a roadmap for future and simultaneous support of additional DAA applications, including Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX), Remote OLT and wireless backhaul.

“The ATX optical node is being built from scratch to support MSOs’ initial transition to DAA and digital access network environments, as well as to provide a roadmap for support of future capacity enhancements and technologies without requiring MSOs to make wholesale changes to their outside plant,” said ATX CEO and broadcast technology stalwart Charlie Vogt.

“Demand for gigabit-and-beyond bandwidth will only intensify over the next few years as entire industries reinvent themselves to compete and thrive in an all-digital realm. No two network transformations will be the same. MSOs will each follow a unique time frame and upgrade path to the converged access network of the future. What is imperative is that they adopt an agile outside plant solution that supports the full spectrum of upgrade scenarios that cable operators will follow, regardless of their starting point.”

As it was launching the new DAA node technology, ATX also introduced UCryptPassPort, a QAM-to-IP media gateway specifically designed to help MSOs address video encryption licensing and interoperability issues that it believes could threaten to delay their transition to a DAA model. The new solution is built to give MSOs with the ability to pass encrypted video from existing edge QAM equipment through IP-based CCAP video cores.