Making DOCSIS® 3.1 a Reality this Year

DOCSIS® 3.1 has long been touted as the technology that will bring Gigabit services to the e6000_heromasses, so that consumers can enjoy faster broadband connections. It’s a technology that a number of service providers are looking to deploy in 2016, and one that ARRIS helped pioneer.

Today, it is exciting to see that DOCSIS 3.1 is becoming a reality. Comcast just announced that it will bring the world’s first DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Internet service to residential and business customers beginning in five US markets in 2016, using existing connections. We are excited to be part of this effort by supporting rollout in four of these markets with our flagship E6000® Converged Edge Router (CER) and a software-only upgrade.

When it comes to DOCSIS, we have a strong track record of pioneering innovation – from our work in developing the standard itself, to our unmatched technical expertise and the DOCSIS-based network deployments we have successfully completed around the world. This puts us in a unique position to bring this technology to market at scale. We recently unveiled new DOCSIS 3.1 modems for operators and retailers that complement our robust DOCSIS 3.1 network portfolio. And our E6000 CER is software-upgradable to DOCSIS 3.1 to help deliver on the full promise of multi-gigabit services to the home.

As more connected devices, streaming video and advanced services make their way into the home, consumers expect nothing less than fast speeds and reliable connections. We expect Gigabit speeds to the home to be the new standard by which broadband service providers will be measured. We are ready to continue working with our customers in 2016 to enable the smooth migration to these next-generation technologies – and provide the best-quality entertainment and communication experience in the home.

ARRIS @ NCTC

NCTCNext week, ARRIS will be exhibiting at NCTC’s Winter Educational Conference in Phoenix, AZ from February 15-16th. Our focus is on the technical underpinnings of delivering advanced new entertainment services like Cloud DVR and Multiscreen.

Our booth (#303/305) will feature active demonstrations of our industry-leading Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and network solutions supporting the new bandwidth and technology requirements of these services. We’ve organized them in four relevant experience areas under the following topics: Cloud & IP Video Solutions, Gigabit Services, Wi-Fi® Without Limits, and Next Generation Devices.

We’ll run a remote demo of IP video over our DCX3635. Our E6000® Converged Edge Router will showcase Gigabit service using DOCSIS® 3.1. We’ll demonstrate our Hosted Service Provider Wi-Fi Solution for public, commercial and domestic deployments—which played a key role in our recent collaboration with Suddenlink to roll out carrier-grade Wi-Fi to its commercial customers.  And we’ll have a variety of new CPE devices on display, including new IP gateways.

Also, be sure to catch Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO of the CPE business, talk on Preparing for IP Video, which will cover the evolution of network and CPE technologies and—like ABR, DOCSIS 3.1, and Gigabit Wi-Fi—that’s driving new IP video experiences.

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

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!

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