Teleste and Iskratel Announce DOCSIS-based Option for Last-mile Broadband

  • Iskratel
  • Teleste Corporation
TURKU, FINLAND — Teleste Corporation, an international technology group specializing in broadband video and data communication systems and services, announced a proof of concept (PoC) created with Iskratel, a European provider of infocommunications solutions, that aims at bringing to market a new solution for the delivery of Internet-based broadband services that combines Iskratel’s GPON technology with Teleste’s DOCSIS-based mini-CMTS, called the DAH (DOCSIS Access Hub). The solution enables operators to utilize the existing last-mile coax cabling as an extension of their fiber networks.

DOCSIS GPON Hybrid Solution
“Teleste recognizes the potential of DOCSIS used together with GPON in providing operators with a way to connect new customers to their high-speed networks. The last-mile fiber is typically expensive and time-consuming to build, especially in brownfield areas. Where coax cabling is available, utilizing the hybrid fiber-coax infrastucture provides operators with a means to optimize the costs and time to market when expanding the multi-gigabit networks,” said Olli Leppänen, vice president of distributed access for Teleste.

Fiber to the home (FTTH) is a target for access infrastructure providers, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution to broadband deployment. The hybrid solutions with GPON and DOCSIS technologies create a highly viable option for meeting the consumer demand for increasingly faster Internet connections and reliable, versatile services. Both GPON and DOCSIS offer roadmaps to support the future development of the two technologies combined.

Consumer expectations of triple-play services tend to be extremely high, with cost, convenience and speed among the top criteria for buying services. A major benefit of combining GPON and DOCSIS technologies is that it allows a fast and economical way to deliver fiber-level broadband connections inside buildings with a level of service that equals using fiber all the way.

Reducing the Time and Cost of Delivering Gigabit Speeds

Operators can now utilize the Iskratel SI3000 Lumia as GPON OLT and Teleste’s DAH as GPON ONU products to deploy a true plug and play way to triple-play services. One DAH makes it possible to bring the IP network to every apartment in a building using the existing coax cabling, and once a DOCSIS cable modem has been connected to the network, the services start running immediately. This significantly reduces the time and costs of the deployment and enables gigabit speeds to the subscribers.

The solution also fits into locations where drawing new cables is not possible, such as in many European historical buildings and city centers.

A Roadmap Toward Symmetrical 10 Gbps Services
In addition, both GPON and DOCSIS are based on proven, widely utilized standards-based technologies, creating a reliable and future-proof way to network upgrades for operators. DOCSIS is a widely deployed broadband technology globally. It already delivers fiber-level speeds today and offers a clear roadmap towards symmetrical 10 Gbps services.

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