Navigating Network Migration: The DOCSIS® 3.1 Era and Beyond

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Ayham Al-Banna, Systems Architect at ARRIS

As we begin to move into the DOCSIS 3.1 era and look toward ever-evolving network technologies and standards, it can be daunting to know how best to meet growing bandwidth and traffic needs within your existing network.

The spectral efficiency of DOCSIS 3.1 networks is well-documented. DOCSIS 3.1 has the potential to help meet bandwidth needs and prepare you for blistering-fast Gigabit speeds that will transform the consumer experience.

At INTX this year, I will discuss network migration to DOCSIS 3.1 during a session on the networked future. I will also demonstrate how you can choose the technology enablers that will best meet traffic demands at the lowest cost. Finally, I will discuss various long-term network evolution scenarios as we look to the DOCSIS 3.1 era and beyond.

Please join me on Monday, May 16 at 2:00 pm ET when I will present the highlights from my paper, “Network Migration Demystified in the DOCSIS 3.1 Era and Beyond” during the session “Architecting the Networked Future: Part 1.”

New DOCSIS® 3.1 Devices @INTX

Next week at INTX, we’re previewing the latest additions to our portfolio of DOCSIS® 3.1 Picture2devices.

Last year, we introduced the first DOCSIS 3.1 modems: the Touchstone CM8200 and its retail counterpart, the SURFboard® SB8200 Cable Modem. They marked the beginning of a new era of multi-gigabit CPE—delivering unprecedented data rates of more than 5 Gbps downstream and 2 Gbps upstream. When we introduced them, we promised to expand the portfolio with new DOCSIS 3.1 devices in 2016. And at INTX, we’re making good on that promise by showcasing three additions.


Our new Touchstone TG3462 and Touchstone TG3472 telephony gateways offer premium, video-grade Wi-Fi performance. They also support personal area networks—like ZigBee, Thread, and BLE—to round out the connected home experience. And our TM3402 eMTA modem offers operators a modular option for bringing DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-gigabit speeds into the home.

Stop by our booth (#1214) at INTX (May 16th-18th) for a preview of our newest solutions, as we continue to expand our leading DOCSIS 3.1 portfolio.

Spotlight on South Korea

South Korea has one of the world’s most active telecommunications and technology markets in the world, thanks to the government’s recent investment in transforming the country into a knowledge-based information society. In South Korea’s bid to usher its citizens into a new “smart-age,” its Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning is focusing specifically on delivering what it terms “Giga Internet.” That goal aligns very closely with ARRIS’s vision for next-generation broadband and networking, which we showcased this week at KCTA in Seoul.

The centerpiece of our vision for gigabit networking is our ARRIS E6000® Converged Edge Router. It is the industry’s leading CCAP solution, providing service to millions of consumers via the world’s leading service providers, including recently announced expansions with LG U+, which demonstrated broadband speeds of approximately 1.8Gbps using DOCSIS® 3.1.  This level of gigabit broadband speed is quickly becoming the norm for global leaders responding to growing consumer demand for advanced entertainment services like Ultra HD and multiscreen.

And as a testament to ARRIS’s global leadership in the new Gigabit Age, the minister of communications in Korea presented our own Kent Sun, senior manager of sales engineering, with a recognition award last week, for his contributions to growth of Korea’s cable TV market. Congratulations, Kent.

ARRIS to Demonstrate DOCSIS 3.1 Capabilities at CableLabs

This week, we’re at CableLabs® DOCSIS 3.1 Technology Demonstration Event to give service providers insight into managing the DOCSIS® 3.1 migration.

Our presentation will cover DOCSIS 3.1’s facility for backwards compatibility and scalability to tomorrow’s networks. Specifically, we’ll be demonstrating the following aspects of the technology:

  • How the ARRIS E6000™ CER platform and CMTS product support bonding across DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 downstream channels
  • How a DOCSIS 3.0 upstream channel can simultaneously support DOCSIS 3.1 and DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems

We will also connect a spectrum analyzer to show the concurrent transmission of DOCSIS 3.1 and DOCSIS 3.0 channels.

DOCSIS 3.1 will help operators deliver the speed and performance to deliver tomorrow’s services, and ARRIS is at the forefront of this technology implementation.

And very soon, we’ll be unveiling several new advanced broadband DOCSIS 3.1 devices. Stay tuned!

Tomorrow’s Top Technology, Explained – 10 New ARRIS Whitepapers

AWe just published 10 new whitepapers on some of the most important technology and business models making their way to the entertainment and communications industry.

In them, you’ll find insights from the top minds at ARRIS on how to deliver the future of nDVR, UltraHD, IP Video, gigabit speeds, and more. Take a look below:

  1. Creating the Value Proposition for MSO and Consumer Alike in the More Connected Home
  2. Practical Methods to Validate Ultra HD 4k Content
  3. Operational Challenges of 85MHZ Deployment
  4. Lessons From Telco & Wireless Providers: Extending The Life Of The HFC Plant With New Technologies
  5. The Edge Resource Center: Leveraging NFV and SDN for High Availability/High Performance Network Functions
  6. Streamlined Systematic Approach to Video Quality and Bit Rate Planning
  7. The Yin and The Yang of a Move to All Fiber: Transforming HFC to an All Fiber Network While Leveraging the Deployed HFC Assets
  8. High Dynamic Range, Visual Adaptation, & Consumer Perception
  9. Estimating Downstream Performance and DOCSIS 3.1 Capacity In CAA And DAA Systems
  10. Measurement – Based EOL Performance and Stochastic Analysis and DOCSIS 3.1 Spectral Gain
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