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Aurora Networks Launches Node Optimized for Europe to Evolve Regional Cable Market

NC2000 2×2 node brings Aurora Networks’ innovative technology and expertise

to maximize European HFC, Fiber Deep and RFoG deployments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 19, 2009 – Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, announces the debut of its NC2000 optical node, Aurora Networks’ first 2×2 segmentable, wall or cabinet mounting node platform intended specifically for the European cable market. By incorporating Aurora Networks’ field-proven digital return and virtual hub (VHub™) technologies, the NC2000 enables operators to maximize the bandwidth of existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC), Fiber Deep and RF over Glass (RFoG) deployments while simultaneously providing an optimal migration path to future network architectures with support for next-generation access modules, Node PON™, BitCoax™ and Fiber on Demand™.

With three high-level outputs and full 2×2 segmentation, the NC2000 enables European operators to effectively double targeted bandwidth capacities for subscriber services such as VoD, high-speed data and HDTV, without the need for additional nodes or other hardware upgrades. When used within Aurora Networks’ Fiber Deep architecture, cable’s first truly green architecture, the high output NC2000 eliminates the need for RF amplifiers after the node, reducing active network components by up to 75 percent, cutting power and maintenance costs by 65 percent and enabling fiber connections to be brought within a few hundred meters of each customer.

“The NC2000 gives European operators the ability to immediately and dramatically expand their bandwidth, and thereby their service offerings, without incurring major infrastructure construction costs,” said John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing at Aurora Networks. “Aurora Networks is committed to supporting the evolution of the European cable industry to deliver a richer set of services to the home while enabling them to transition to next-generation, cost-effective network technologies.”

By incorporating Aurora Networks’ “plug–and-play” digital return technology, the NC2000 enables European operators to improve efficiency by concentrating up to 16 nodes on one return fiber for reduced noise, increased bandwidth and greatly improved network return balancing. Cable operators can also realize additional savings by configuring the NC2000 as a virtual hub, using Aurora Networks’ field-proven and widely deployed VHub technology, allowing cable operators to easily deploy new hubs where needed, extend network reach, cut installation costs and quickly bring new services to market.

As narrowcast services increase in popularity with subscribers, providers are faced with an ever-increasing need for bandwidth. Aurora Networks’ NC2000 gives European operators a low-cost, flexible solution in both HFC and Fiber Deep architectures to better compete with satellite providers as well as regional municipalities and utility companies for subscribers, while supporting future network evolution.

Additional information, including technical product details and visuals for Aurora Networks’ Europe-specific NC2000 node, can be found at The NC2000 is now shipping and will be on display at ANGA Cable 2009 in the Cologne Fair Grounds from 26-28 May 2009 at stand #B48.

About Aurora Networks

Aurora Networks is evolving cable by focusing on innovative solutions that build future-proof networks to accommodate the cable subscriber services of today and tomorrow. Aurora Networks is the only pure-play optical transport solution provider that is focused solely on cable MSOs. Using its proven understanding of cable networks, Aurora Networks delivers unique solutions - such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry. A technology leader driven by innovation and industry-firsts, Aurora Networks enables leading MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services. To learn more about Aurora Networks’ core cable solutions, please call 408-235-7000 or visit

Aurora, Aurora Networks, the Aurora logo, Node PON, BitCoax, Fiber on Demand and VHub are trademarks of Aurora Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other marks are the property of their respective owners and are used here only for identification purposes.

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