NBN Co contracts ARRIS for HFC network upgrades

23 Feb 2015

NBN Co, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project, has selected US-based ARRIS Group for the construction of its next-generation Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) broadband network.

In a press release confirming the development the vendor said that its products and services will allow NBN Co to enhance and manage its cable access network while providing a roadmap for possible future migration to DOCSIS 3.1 architecture. The initiative involves the flagship and globally deployed ARRIS E6000TM CER (Converged Edge Router) along with a number of additional ARRIS product lines, including: ARRIS Access Technologies and Supplies (ATS) products (CORWave forward path transmitters and OM4100 optical receivers) and Assurance solutions for service assurance. Additionally, ARRIS’s Global Services was selected for the full deployment and network integration of this national broadband service.

Meanwhile, ZDNet Australia notes that the deal, which is said to be worth around AUD400 million (USD313 million), will allow for the upgrading of the HFC networks belonging to Telstra and Optus that NBN Co will acquire under agreements struck in December 2014; ARRIS has reportedly been signed up to install new cable modem termination systems (CMTS) and upgrade these two networks out to approximately 230 exchanges across Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne in a three-year deal.

Commenting on the network development plans, meanwhile, NBN Co chief technical officer Dennis Steiger was cited as saying: ‘We’re not simply re-badging the existing HFC networks from Telstra and Optus, we are substantially building a new and upgraded network. We will be significantly extending that network, and putting at its heart a very powerful new engine.’

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