News | May 23, 2009

ARRIS Enables Gigabit Ethernet Services With New FTTMax™ Passive Optical Network Devices

Suwanee,GA /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ARRIS (Nasdaq: ARRS) announces the availability of its new FTTMax Ethernet Passive Optical Networking (EPON) solution - a platform designed to leverage the existing cable infrastructure and drive fiber to the premises as cable operators worldwide look for ways to increase revenues by offering new services to business and residential customers.

The ARRIS FTTMax EPON solution, which is comprised of the FTTMax EPON Optical Line Terminal (OLT) and Optical Network Unit (ONU), allows operators to add mixed use services easily and incrementally, without changing their existing back office operations. It is ideally suited to expand cable operators' ability to serve small and medium businesses and emerging markets by providing Gigabit Ethernet services. Operators already using the ARRIS CHP Max 5000 Head End chassis can add EPON to their service offerings by simply adding an ARRIS FTTMax EPON OLT to the CHP Max 5000 chassis and an ARRIS FTTMax EPON ONU at the customer premises. These 'plug and play' modules leverage ARRIS widely deployed CORWave coordinated wavelength plan over existing HFC infrastructures, reducing up front capital investment, and allowing the EPON services to co-exist with other services, even over a single fiber.

The FTTMax OLT media converter simplifies network operations and reduces operators' investments by making use of DOCSIS back-office systems and existing routers and switches. Up to 1,280 customers can be served from the twenty OLT ports per 2RU. At less than ten watts per port, this high density also comes with low power consumption.

"Because The ARRIS FTTMax EPON systems utilize the CORWave coordinated wavelength plan and DOCSIS back-office systems MSOs can target business services quickly, cost effectively, easily and incrementally, while conserving fiber -- one of their most valuable assets," said ARRIS Access and Transport President John Caezza. "The cable industry has always found innovative methods of optimizing its network and EPON-based solutions add an elegant option as they tap into new business service revenue streams while keeping pace with their residential customers' increasing information and entertainment needs."


ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the design, engineering and supply of technology supporting triple- and quad-play broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver reliable telephony, demand driven video, next-generation advertising and high-speed data services. Headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Suwanee, GA; Chicago IL; State College, PA; Beaverton, OR; Wallingford, CT; Cork, Ireland; and Shenzhen, China, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at


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