Chunghwa Telecom selects Comtrend adapters with MaxLinear chips for coax, powerline FTTx

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Taiwanese service provider Chunghwa Telecom (TAIEX 2412, NYSE: CHT) will use adapters from Comtrend powered with ICs from MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL) for gigabit services via FTTx, according to the chip provider. Chunghwa Telecom will use two adapters, one for coax connections and the other for broadband over powerline.

Comtrend will deliver its GCA-6000 Ethernet over Coax Adapter and PG-9173 a Ethernet over Powerline Adapter for the gigabit broadband services roll out. MaxLinear says its 88LX3142 and 88LX2718 ICs power the two adapters. Use of the adapters will enable Chunghwa Telecom to use existing wiring to deliver fixed network connections to their FTTx subscribers.

“Our GCA-6000 Ethernet over Coax Adapter and PG-9173 Ethernet over Powerline Adapter are optimized to meet the needs of broadband service providers that need guaranteed gigabit performance in their customers’ homes,” said Leon Lin, vice president of business development at Comtrend. “By using MaxLinear’s platform, we ensure we meet our customer requirements today, while having the flexibility to adapt to new requirements (such as cloud-based AR, VR or 8K video) in the future.”

“For years Comtrend and MaxLinear engineers have worked together to build extremely successful solutions for the carrier market,” added Will Torgerson, vice president and general manager of the MaxLinear Broadband Group. “We are confident that Chunghwa Telecom’s deployment of the Comtrend GCA-6000 and PG-9173 will continue this trend.” is an ITU-T standard for broadband services delivery over coax, electrical wiring, and telecom twisted-pair cables (see “ITU-T approves as global standard for wired home networking”).

It is an alternative to similar approaches such as MoCA and Gfast.

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