This morning, Integra Optics is revealing a new set of products aimed at a part of the market we don't hear about too often. They are taking aim at the world of hybrid fiber-coax. It's a segment that isn't getting a whole lot of attention these days, and which the company thinks is ripe for some more personalized support.
On Wednesday I moderated a panel at the company's Atlanta Infrastructure Summit on the hurdles faced by HFC networks. Everyone there acknowledges the eventual move to fiber, and all are continually reviewing the costs and benefits of overlaying fiber. In the case of greenfield builds, both capex and opex favor fiber. But established HFC networks can still deliver so much bandwidth in the last mile that, as long as the economics continue to work out for them, they will simply keep on chugging.
The new HFC product line derives from Integra Optics recent purchase move to create a joint venture with TiOptics out in California that created their Integra R&D division. They also have a new manufacturing plant down in Brazil that is due to start rolling out gear soon.