ATX optical gateway platform launched to help operators expand capacity of access links

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The new GigaWave DLX from ATX Networks was launched at ANGA COM as a next-generation digital optical gateway platform for cable operators.

The platform was designed to provide operators with a future-proof and protocol-agnostic solution that enables them to expand the capacity of fibre access links between headends/hubs and outside plant facilities in a cost-effective and pay-as-you-grow manner.

The aggregation platform integrates DWDM multiplexing, EDFA and optical switch functionality. When combined with the field-hardened and all-passive Digital Link Extender Receiver (DLR) unit, the pair form a platform that allows for the transmission of up to twenty 10GbE optical links, redundantly across fibre distances of up to 60km. The solution is useful in areas where a legacy node serving area is converted into multiple Remote PHY (R-PHY)-based fibre deep nodes, which are fed via 10GbE optical links. Support for PON transmission is also provided across the redundant links.

Amongst the other benefits, the platform supports distributed architecture, enabling reliable and fibre-efficient Remote PHY (R-PHY)-based fibre deep node deployments. The passive architecture means that no actives are required in the field, resulting in increased reliability and decreased Opex from truck rolls, powering etc. Its plug and play nature allows users to dial in primary and redundant path lengths on initial set-up. It maintains constant gain regardless of wavelength count from 1:20 (per direction).

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