Today is the start of Cable-Tec Expo 2015, and ARRIS is right at the center of it. We’re showcasing the technology behind the latest industry developments—including Gigabit speeds, whole-home Wi-Fi, next-generation CCAP and DOCSIS® 3.1, and more.

And we’ll also review their implications for broader industry initiatives as well as new business models and network architectures—such as Energy 2020, the set-top and connected home evolution, and the future of Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial networks.

If you’re here at SCTE, be sure to stop by booth #551 to check out our demos and speak with our experts, or head over to one of our workshops at the show.

For those of you who weren’t able to make it this year, see below for a few of the great pictures from day one:

ARRIS Introduces New Guides to Maximize HFC Efficiencies

HTML Playbook CaptureToday, we introduced an enhanced HFC Outside Plant Operational Playbook to help our customers get the most out of their HFC networks—from improving operational efficiencies to optimizing performance for next-generation services.

These guides offer a centralized resource for standardizing crucial processes and providing documentation across plants and regions. They can replace dozens of disparate third-party manuals and integrate with existing network designs and technician field tools to provide real-time access to the latest procedures and signal level updates.

We’ve made maximizing your HFC network performance easier than ever. Be sure to visit our web site or contact our Global Services team for more information on how we can help your business.

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

Advancing Wireless Home Networking


Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO, CPE 

Whole-home Gigabit is a hot topic. Our ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index recently showed the huge importance of Wi-Fi and increasingly the importance of high-speed high-quality Wi-Fi delivery to every corner of the home. The Bedroom is coming out as the number one location where streamed video was consumed. With the impending delivery of UHD 4K video over Wi-Fi in 2016, the challenge for service providers is selecting the right architecture and network technology to make Gigabit reliable and pervasive while catering to the unique environment in each dwelling.

At this year’s SCTE Expo, I’ll explore the key components of a whole home Gigabit strategy for wireless home networking—including 2.4Ghz vs. 5Ghz, the necessity of multiple AP usage and management, high-speed backhaul technologies and architectures, and new wireless solutions 802.11ad/ay/ax, and more.

I invite you to join the discussion at my workshop on Thursday at 9:30 am CT: Gbps Wi-Fi – Is it Driving a Home Network Topology that Requires an Access Point in Every Room?

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.”


The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2015 is coming to New Orleans next week, and there will be many opportunities to hear from ARRIS experts on some of the most important topics in cable.

We’re participating in 13 sessions at this year’s show on topics like new CCAP architectures, set-tops for IoT, whole-home Wi-Fi, and more. See below for the full list of ARRIS presenters, and visit us in booth #551 for demonstrations of the technology enabling those trends. Additionally ARRIS technologists will be moderating 4 other sessions during Expo.

Check back here for highlights from the show, and follow us on Twitter for live updates.

Tuesday, October 13

  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Stepping Towards SDN A Service Activation Framework for DOCSIS (Dan Torbet)
  • 3:15-4:15 pm: Modelling the Operational Efficiency of High-Density Statistical Multiplexing for DOCSIS 3.1 (Dr. Sean McCarthy)

Thursday, October 15

  • 9:30-10:30 am: Gbps Wi-Fi – Is it Driving a Home Network Topology that Requires an Access Point in Every Room? (Charles Cheevers)
  • 9:30-10:30 am: Looming Challenges and Potential Solutions for Future Distributed CCAP Architecture Systems (Tom Cloonan)
  • 10:45-11:45 am: Comparing the DOCSIS® 3.1 and HFC Evolution to the FTTH Revolution (Michael Emmendorfer)

Friday, October 16

  • 12:45-1:45 pm: From OBI and SNR to Ookla and Netflix: How Network Impairments Affect Customer Perceptions (Venk Mutalik)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: US Scheduling in the DOCSIS 3.1 Era: Potential & Challenges (Dr. Ayham Al-Banna)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: HFC Transformation to FTTP: The Role of RFoG, PON, and Hybrid Solutions (John Ulm)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: What is the Role of Connected Home Gateways and Set-Tops in the IoT? (Mark Bugasjki)

*all times local CT*

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