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ARRIS & Cisco Work Together on Multi Wavelength Standardization

SUWANEE, Ga. and SAN JOSE, Calif., June 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ARRIS (Nasdaq: ARRS) and Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) unveiled Tuesday their joint proposal for the technical criteria supporting multi-wavelength optical networks at the SCTE technical committee. With the wide variety of solutions being offered across the supplier community, ARRIS and Cisco believe these technical criteria will help ensure that operators will receive robust, reliable and cost effective system solutions. The solutions being offered by both companies will help enable expanded optical transport capacity for existing HFC networks or within Greenfield deployments. More information on these systems is available at their respective booths (ARRIS: 2050 and Cisco: 550) at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

This collaboration demonstrates the industry coming together to work toward a common goal of standardization. By identifying the limitations and common solutions for multi-wavelength transmission, we are improving cost efficiencies and paving the way for interoperability, said Mark Palazzo, vice president, general manager, Cisco Access Networks. With so many parts involved, standardization helps us achieve commonality, fueling the continued growth and evolution of the industry.

We are hoping to generate open standards-based products and solutions that support cable as it competes with telco and satellite providers, said John Caezza, President of ARRIS Access, Transport & Supplies. When vendors work together to lower the costs of technology and speed its time-to-market, then the entire industry wins.


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. ARRIS products expand and help grow network capacity with access and outside plant construction equipment, reliably deliver voice, video and data services and assure optimal service delivery for end customers. Headquartered in Suwanee, GA, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Beaverton, Wallingford, 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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