Finisar Tunes Up the SCTE Expo Trade Show

This week’s blog post comes from Shawn Esser, Director of Product Marketing for CATV Products at Finisar.

Last week Finisar demonstrated the industry’s first 1 GHz RF-modulated, widely-tunable optical transmitter in a Small-Form Factor module at the Cable Tec-Expo trade show in Orlando, Fla. The Cable-Tec Expo, organized by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), is the cable industry’s engineering show of the year and drew about 9,200 people. The active demonstration of wavelength-tunability showed a new tool for cable operators to route video and data services in the cable access network. The demonstration included two televisions, two different movie streams, and two wavelength-tunable XFP-RF transmitters. Using Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM), the video content showing on the televisions was swapped by changing the wavelengths of the transmitters. Customers saw how bandwidth, and thus services, could be dynamically increased to serving areas that have high contention with this new wavelength-tunable capability.

The product was very well-received by visitors to Finisar’s booth. Visitors were also impressed that Finisar’s XFP-RF transmitter is the first 1GHz RF-modulated optical transmitter packaged in a Small Form Factor pluggable optical module. The XFP module is commonly used in 10Gb/s digital applications today. Finisar combined its high-volume Small-Form Factor module capabilities and its extensive experience in CATV optics to significantly reduce space and energy of transmitters for cable access networks. The XFP-RF transmitter can be designed into existing broadband optical platforms today to double the density and halve the power consumption of transmitters in Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) networks. It can also be plugged directly into next-generation infrastructure equipment, such as Converged Cable Access Platforms (CCAP) currently under development, to further reduce costs for cable operators.

Finisar was also displaying its Small-Form Factor Pluggable ONU (EPON Stick) that converts standard GE media convertor into EPON Optical Network Unit replacing the need for a standalone ONU. This enables MSOs to use the same premise equipment with a pluggable port (SFP) that they use to deploy business services over point to point Ethernet and WDM to be used over EPON. Mike Holmes, Finisar Director, presented DPOE DAC (Demarc Auto-Configuration) along with Kevin Noll of Time Warner Cable, Curtis Knittle of Cable Labs and moderator Rammy Bahalul of Omnitron. Their presentation explained the DPOE DAC benefits highlighting the EPON Stick, Demarc features and the successful Time Warner Cable DAC testing.
Finisar Booth at SCTE Oct2012
Finisar Demo at SCTE Oct2012

Finisar at the 2012 Satellite Conference and Expo

This week’s blog post comes from Shawn Esser, Finisar Product Line Manager.

Come see us this week at the Satellite Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C., as we showcase our RF-over-Fiber products at Finisar booth #1209.

Serving the military/government, commercial, broadcast, mobility, and telecommunications industries, the Satellite show is for anyone involved in the satellite-enabled communications industry.

Finisar continues to innovate in RF-over-Fiber technology to provide customers with solutions using fiber optics. We offer a range of custom products that provide transmission solutions for distribution, broadcast and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) applications. In short, our products make the delivery of broadband services to the home possible.

At this year’s conference, we’ll be joined by more than 10,000 satellite professionals coming together to discuss best practices, experience the newest technology and collaborate with colleagues from all sectors of the satellite community.

To check out what we did at last year’s show, see Finisar displays RF-over-Fiber solutions at Satellite 2011.

For more information about these products, download the Analog Products Guide or contact us at

We hope to see you at the show.

Finisar’s Inaugural Exhibition at Cable-Tec Expo

This blog post is provided by Shawn Esser, Director of Product Line Management at Finisar.

For the first time, Finisar exhibited at the Cable-Tec Expo held at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center from November 15-17, 2011. The overall attendance increased by 24 percent at the premiere trade show of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE); topping 10,000 attendees. In addition to the strong attendance from the United States, international attendance was up 21 percent from more than 60 countries.

Finisar displayed its latest fiber optic products to Multiple System Operators (MSO) and network equipment providers. A live demonstration was shown of Finisar’s EPON ONU SFP which allows service providers to utilize standard switches, routers and other customer premises equipment (CPE) to connect directly to PON networks. The demonstration showed video being carried over an EPON network with 20km of optical fiber being received into Finisar’s ONU SFP installed in a common Ethernet media convertor. Finisar also showed its GPON version of the ONU SFP.

Attendees were also impressed with Finisar’s wavelength tunable XFP modules that cover the entire C-band wavelength range, leading optical passives for PON networks, and RF-over-Fiber products that natively carry RF signals up to 40 GHz.

If you would like to discuss your application using these products, please contact us at


Visit Finisar at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

Coined as the industry’s engineering show of the year, the 2011 Cable-Tec Expo will be held next week in Atlanta, GA (Nov. 15-17) and is sure to be bustling with activity. Put on by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, the conference provides access to the latest in cable technology, products, and services with more than 40 technical sessions and exhibitors from more than 50 countries.

Finisar will be located at booth #422, and we welcome you to stop by to hear about our latest developments with EPON, RF-Over-Fiber and Passives products. At the booth, we’ll be demonstrating our EPON stick – Plug and play video transmission over EPON.

See you there!