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Cisco Makes European CCAP Score

Alan Breznick
1/22/2014
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Seeking to make up for lost time in the emerging market for next-gen cable access architecture, Cisco has signed up the first cable operator in Europe for its initial Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) solution.

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) announced that Danish MSO Stofa has deployed the vendor's modular CCAP solution, which includes the vendor's flagship uBR10012 cable modem termination system (CMTS), separate RFGW10 universal edge QAM modulator, and high-density DS384 line cards. Stofa, the second largest cable operator in Denmark with more than 600,000 subscribers, has been installing the equipment in the headends of its cable systems throughout the country since the fall.

Stofa executives said they will make use of Cisco's video and data convergence solution to slash operational costs, double broadband speeds for subscribers, and develop such bandwidth-hogging services as 4K video. "By simply upgrading to the latest Cisco ubr10k and RFGW10 modules, we are able to double our access capacity, simplify our operations, and reduce the rack space and power consumption significantly," said Stofa CTO Thomas Helbo in a prepared statement.

With the Stofa deal, Cisco has landed one of the first big MSO orders of its modular CCAP gear. The company's only other announced CCAP customer so far is Cox Communications Inc. , which wrapped up two market trials of Cisco's modular solution last June and intends to deploy the equipment commercially over the next couple of years.

Somewhat late out of the gate with its CCAP solutions, Cisco is trailing behind such prime rivals as Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) and upstart Casa Systems Inc. in the still-developing CCAP space, which some industry analysts believe could grow into a $1 billion market for equipment suppliers by 2017. Arris has already signed up Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) for orders, while Casa has signed up TW Cable and several European and Chinese MSOs. (See TWC Uncaps CCAP With Casa & Arris, Casa Systems Wins Chinese CCAP Order and Casa Gets French Kiss.)

At the same time, Cisco engineers are scrambling to put the finishing touches on the company's fully integrated CCAP platform, known as the cBR-8. The company aims to test the high-density cBR-8 device in lab and field trials with three major, undisclosed MSOs in the US this year before introducing it commercially by the start of 2015. "My goal is to have a Christmas present next year," Joe Cozzolino, the new senior VP and GM of service provider video infrastructure at Cisco, told Light Reading at the SCTE CableTec Expo show in Atlanta last fall.

Besides Cisco, Arris, and Casa Systems, CommScope Inc. and Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT) are also vying for share in the CCAP market. We'll have more on the evolving CCAP space in the coming weeks as all five vendors gear up for more MSO trials and deployments this year.

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

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1/26/2014 | 1:34:36 PM
More CCAP Activity in Europe?
Since I filed this story, Cisco has told me that this is actually not their first European deployment of CCAP, just their first publicly announced one. So there are apparently other ones out there. I hope to find out more on that soon.
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