Gigabit Services: A New Era of Lightning Speeds

One of the hottest trends at INTX was Gigabit: blazing-fast new Internet services. Service providers around the world are beginning to offer it, but there are a lot of questions mixed in with the excitement. We sat down with our VP of Product Line Management, Todd Kessler, at INTX 2015 to talk about the implications of Gigabit Internet and how ARRIS is powering these incredible speeds.

Demonstrating “Skinny TV” Options @ INTX

For many consumers, TV and Internet services go hand in hand. But OTT providers—recently Sony, Dish/Sling, and HBO—are challenging that model and enticing consumers to consider new “Skinny TV” packages, which offer a select lineup of channels that can appeal to “cord nevers.”

The emerging challenge for service providers is two-fold: consumer migration from traditional TV services and the bandwidth strain of supporting OTT.

But there’s a simple solution: if service providers deliver their own version of “Skinny TV,” not only can they recapture subscriber video revenue, but they can also leverage the ARRIS Multicast system to reduce traffic by a factor of 20—and that’s what we’re demonstrating in our booth (#101) at INTX.

Our new ARRIS 24-Channel Streaming solution showcases the incredible efficiency of our Multicast system in offering an alternative to OTT. It also yields two distinct advantages:

  • Compatibility with Consumer Devices – ARRIS multicast system has intelligence in the network cloud and subscriber gateway to avoid OTT bandwidth bloating and maintain compatibility with consumer connected devices. From streaming video sources, Internet backbone, CMTS, and out through the DOCSIS network to the gateway, bandwidth efficiency is maximized with multicast protocols. From there, the gateway performs a simple protocol translation to ABR streaming protocols to be compatible with consumer devices.
  • Bandwidth Efficiency – Using multicast protocol through the network eliminates carrying a unique copy of every stream, thereby conserving bandwidth. This efficiency can be significant. For example, if 500 homes are consuming streaming services at 6 Mbps, then 3 Gbps of backbone and DOCSIS bandwidth is consumed. The same number of homes with multicast protocol consumes a mere 144 Mbps of bandwidth – a factor of 20 reduction.

The ARRIS 24-Channel Streaming solution demo features several ARRIS solution elements:

Stop by the ARRIS booth #101 at INTX to see how this solution can change the consumer’s entertainment game.

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!

ARRIS Welcomes NBN Co to the HFC Family

Today is an important day for broadband users in Australia. NBN Co, the Government Business Enterprise that operates the National Broadband Network, selected ARRIS to design and build its next-generation Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial (HFC) broadband network. The project is set to revolutionize Australia’s broadband network by providing access to high-speed, reliable broadband services to homes and business premises across Australia.

NBN Co becomes the latest broadband company to invest significantly in HFC technology, and joins a group of industry leading companies that have HFC as the very core of the network – companies such as Comcast (US), Liberty Global (EMEA), Taiwan Broadband Communications (APAC), SK Broadband (S Korea/APAC).

The initiative involves a suite of products and services from ARRIS, including the flagship E6000TM CER along with a number of additional ARRIS product lines, including: ARRIS Access Technologies and Supplies (ATS) products (CORWave forward path transmitters and OM4100 optical receivers) and Assurance solutions for service assurance.

ARRIS Global Services was selected to counsel NBN Co during the deployment and integration phase. In addition, the Global Services team will assist NBN Co in managing and supporting its network and customers moving forward.

We look forward to working closely with NBN Co to deliver a world-class broadband service to people living and working in Australia.


SCTE is an experience. If you didn’t make it to the show, or if you’d like to relive some of the excitement, we invite you to watch our recap video and see it through the eyes of our employees…

We looked at innovation from the perspective of our E6000™ platform, new IP set-tops and broadband and telephony devices, AgileMax™ and the death of OBI, and tomorrow’s experiences, like 4K and Wi-Fi evolution.

Then we sat down with several of our employees to chat about other important subjects, like the future of cable, the coolest stuff at the show, and the practical benefits of nDVR super powers.

We hope you enjoy it!

SCTE 2014 CCAP interoperability demo highlights DOCSIS 3.1 leadership

If you’re attending SCTE 2014, don’t miss our live demonstration of the industry’s leading CCAP E6000_360__1solution: the ARRIS E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER).

We’ll showcase its future-proof design through an interoperability demo on DOCSIS 3.1 and pre-silicon DOCSIS 3.1 test products—specifically, showing the test products acquiring downstream signals from the E6000. ARRIS is working with Intel and STMicroelectronics – and using a signal analyzer from Keysight (formerly Agilent Technology Electronic Measurement BU).

Our demo highlights the E6000’s extensibility in creating pathways to CCAP interoperability.  Thanks to ARRIS’s software leadership, the evolution to DOCSIS 3.1 is seamless. Operators can implement DOCSIS 3.1 in the downstream through the purchase of a simple software upgrade, avoiding expensive and often time-consuming hardware replacement.

Stop by the ARRIS booth at SCTE, #1764, and check out our interoperability demo. We’d love to answer any and all of your CCAP migration questions.

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