ARRIS CCAP™ and DOCSIS 3.1® Leadership Continues to Pave the Way for Gigabit Services

At this year’s SCTE Cable Tec Expo, ARRIS will demonstrate how operators can use DOCSIS® 3.1 to prepare their networks for a new era of Gigabit services.

Our demos will present a complete ultra high-speed data and integrated video solution for today’s services and tomorrow’s migration to an all-IP network.

They center around our E6000® CER—the industry’s most widely deployed CCAP™ platform. We’ll show it running both DOCSIS 3.1 (D3.1) and DOCSIS 3.0 (D3.0) over multiple D3.1 cable modems (including our newly announced SURFboard® SB8200) and D3.0 gateways (including the ARRIS SURFboard SB6800) connected to a single Downstream Cable Access Module (DCAM).

We’ll demonstrate D3.0 and D3.1 running on eight gateway devices—representing eight homes, one per service group—to show:

  • The real-world speeds and services that operators can deliver with D3.1. The D3.1 modem uses a combination of D3.1 OFDM and D3.0 SC-QAMS bonded together to reach these speeds
  • CCAP video convergence to four of the homes with traditional QAM video delivery and data speeds of up to 1.8 Gbps through D3.1 modems and 1.0 Gbps through D3.0 gateways
  • IP-only households with IP multicast video streaming to IP set tops and 1.8Gbps of data traffic through D3.1 modems and 1.0 Gbps of FTP data traffic through D3.0 gateways

These demonstrations highlight the power, scalability, and flexibility of the E6000 CER platform. The E6000 CER provides simultaneous support for UDP, FTP, IP multicast video, and QAM video traffic, enabling operators to stay ahead of ever increasing network demands—from their own IP video services to OTT video services. All currently deployed E6000 CERs are software-upgradable to support D3.1 in the downstream, providing the investment protection operators need.

ARRIS also will support Intel, VeEX and ViaVi with their SCTE D3.1 demonstrations, which will be driven by our E6000 CER.

Join us in booth #551, as we preview the future of cable through D3.1

The Future of CCAP for HFC

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Tom Cloonan, ARRIS CTO, Networks

The Future of CCAP for Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial (HFC) deployments may follow many different forms, including Higher-Density, headend-based Integrated CCAP Architectures (where all of the processing is in the headend) and Distributed CCAP Architectures (where some or all of the processing is moved from the headend to the fiber node).

Within the class of Distributed CCAP Architectures, there are at least three new next-generation architectural approaches that are being considered: Remote PHY, Remote MACPHY (with EQAM functionality in the headend), and Remote MACPHY (with EQAM functionality in the fiber node).

Distributed CCAP Architectures, or DCAs, have many potential benefits, including:

  1. Reducing space and power requirements in the headend
  2. Supporting more wavelengths on the digital fiber (instead of an AM fiber) to help ease the move to Fiber Deep systems and more fiber nodes
  3. Improving end-to-end signal-to-noise ratios, which can therefore improve DOCSIS® 3.1 transport speeds.

Different operators will undoubtedly choose different architectures going forward, and selecting the right architecture for each operator will be a challenging task.

At this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, I will be presenting a workshop reviewing these three subclasses of DCAs and analyzing the detailed attributes of each subclass in an attempt to help operators as they evaluate these new architectures.

Please join me on Thursday at 9:30 am CT, when I will present key highlights from my paper on the “Looming Challenges and Potential Solutions for Future Distributed CCAP Architecture Systems.”

ARRIS CCAP & DOCSIS® 3.1 Leadership Paving the Way for Gigabit Internet

Gigabit Internet is at the tip of everyone’s tongue going into next week’s INTX show. And once again, E6000_360__1_tmbARRIS is ahead of the game.

We’ve showcased our leadership in CCAP and DOCSIS® 3.1 with the broad adoption of our E6000™ CER—the industry’s most widely-deployed CCAP platform. In fact, we’re currently in extensive CCAP customer trials, and we are a clear leader in the CableLabs® DOCSIS 3.1 interops, with early deployments planned for later this year.

And at INTX, we’ll highlight how our popular E6000 is enabling multi-gigabit speeds on today’s HFC systems with IP video and HSD support, in two live demos:

The first demo features the E6000 CCAP platform supporting a registered DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem—sending data and IP video packets bonded across both Single Carrier (SC)-QAM and OFDM channels at gigabit speeds. It showcases the E6000’s unique ability to support downstream DOCSIS 3.1 technology via a software only upgrade on the same hardware that ARRIS customers have been deploying for the last two years.

In the second demo, the E6000 CER will support CCAP functionality, hosting a DOCSIS 3.0 gigabit demo while simultaneously supporting video edge QAM channels. This demo highlights ARRIS’s best-in-class hitless RF sparing for both the DOCSIS and edge QAM channels.

“Just as the ARRIS C4 CMTS brought hitless RF sparing to the CMTS world, the hitless sparing of the E6000 CER is truly a game-changer for CCAP products,” says ARRIS’s Todd Kessler, Senior Vice President of Product Line Management for CMTS and CCAP products at ARRIS.

With our industry leadership in CCAP and DOCSIS, ARRIS is enabling efficient and cost-effective gigabit speeds of DOCSIS 3.0, 3.1, and combinations of the two. We are the interoperability platform of choice for all major DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem silicon providers, including Broadcom, Intel, and STMicroelectronics, and we have anchored ALL of the DOCSIS 3.1 CableLabs 2015 interop events.

And, as if that is not enough, our second generation of line cards are not that far off! You will be amazed at what is yet to come!

Come by our booth (#101) at INTX to see how we’re powering Gigabit Internet!

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