& cplSiteName &

CommScope Puts Docsis on Its CCAP Roadmap

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/3/2013
50%
50%

CommScope Inc. is expanding into the world of Docsis and expects to add those capabilities to its budding Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) before the end of the year. The company intends to have an integrated CCAP, which blends the cable modem termination system (CMTS) and edge QAM functions, ready for CableLabs qualification testing by the fourth quarter of 2013 and ready for deployments by early 2014, according to Shane Eleniak, CommScope's VP of advanced broadband solutions. MSOs will be using integrated CCAPs to put all of their services on one platform while also reducing headend space and power requirements. CommScope's early CCAPs, due to deploy during the current quarter, will be "non-routing," downstream-only versions omitting the Docsis piece; they're like super-sized edge QAMs. The CSP 640 will support up to 9,600 downstream QAMs, while the CSP 1280 will handle up to 19,200 downstream QAMs. "Our belief is that [cable operators] will start to deploy CCAP metal as super dense edge QAMs first," and then migrate over to a platform that integrates the Docsis components, Eleniak says. "That's the low hanging fruit." CommScope's path to CCAP is similar to that of Harmonic Inc., a competing edge QAM maker whose NSG Pro will also start as a non-routing CCAP. Harmonic has been adding Docsis expertise, and it demonstrated the NSG Pro with a with a Docsis upstream card at last fall's Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando. Eleniak says CommScope already has some internal Docsis talent that came way of its acquisition of LiquidxStream in 2011, but notes that it's also working with another vendor that has some Docsis DNA. "It's a good-sized project," he says of CommScope's plans for a full CCAP. CommScope declined to identify that partner, but an industry source says some help is coming way of Daphne S.A., a Belgium-based firm with Docsis 1.1 and 2.0 CMTSs in its product portfolio. Regardless of how CommScope and Harmonic get to a fully integrated CCAP, they'll need to arrive there eventually in order to compete long-term with the likes of Cisco Systems Inc., Arris Group Inc., Casa Systems Inc. and Motorola Mobility LLC (which in the process of being bought by Arris). Cable operators are expected to test and deploy CCAP this year. Among the major MSOs, Comcast Corp. completed a CCAP operational-readiness field trial last year ahead of some small-scale deployments expected to happen in 2013. Comcast issued a CCAP request for proposal (RFP) last year, and several more operators in North America and in Europe have already followed suit. "All of the large [MSOs] are looking at CCAP now," Eleniak says. — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

(4)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/4/2013 | 10:59:27 AM
re: CommScope Puts Docsis on Its CCAP Roadmap
Before this, i had not heard much about Daphne... I see that they've been in the Docsis game for several years, but one thing i notice that's not in their portfolio is a Docsis 3.0 product.-Š-ŠIt appears that Europe has been their target market.-ŠHas anyone worked with these folks?-Š What are-Šyour impressions?
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
From The Founder
Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Interviews
ETSI's CTO Talks NFV, 5G & NGP

12|5|16   |   09:45   |   (0) comments


Adrian Scrase, CTO at standards body ETSI, talks about the various initiatives and specifications developments related to NFV, 5G and NGP (next-generation protocols) that will underpin next-gen networks.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Korn Ferry Consultant: How to Find, Cultivate & Be the Best Talent

11|30|16   |   4:10   |   (1) comment


Erin Callaghan, a managing consultant for Korn Ferry Futurestep, shares strategies for companies to improve how they recruit and for women to ensure they don't get lost in the pipeline.
LRTV Custom TV
We Can Make the World More Sustainable

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


GeSI is a global e-Sustainability Initiative organization bringing together 40 big multinational companies around the world. According to GeSI's report, information and communication technology can make the world more sustainable. Luis Neves, chairman of GeSI, shared with us his opinion at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
Finding a New Way to Engage Customers & Drive Revenue

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


Mobile revenues are declining. Digicel, a player in the Caribbean telecommunications/entertainment space, has found a new way to engage customers and drive revenue. John Quinn, CTO of Digicel, shared with us its story at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016)
LRTV Custom TV
Do You Really Need Gigabit Infrastructure?

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


Altibox is the biggest fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) player and the largest provider of video and TV in Norway. They started out with zero customers in 2002. Now they have close to half a million households and companies attached to their FTTH business. Nils Arne, CEO of Altibox shared with us their story and insight on 5G at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
BTís Openreach Strategy & Its Updates in 2016

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


A lot of developments at Openreach this year in terms of strategy and planned investments. Peter Bell, CIO of Openreach BT, shared with us the updates of Openreach at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
ITU: The Broadband Is Our Future

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


At Ultra-broadband Forum, Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of ITU, discussed how important it is for countries, companies and everybody to be working together to help to build the broadband and digital economies (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
Tackling 5G in Dallas

11|28|16   |     |   (0) comments


Here are our highlights of the 5G North America show in Dallas, Texas with Light Reading's Dan Jones.
LRTV Interviews
Cox Prepping for Virtualization Trials

11|14|16   |     |   (0) comments


In this video interview, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein discusses MSO's plans to test managed business services in early 2017 and tackle Distributed Access Architectures.
LRTV Custom TV
Drivers & Potential of NGP

11|11|16   |     |   (0) comments


ETSI has created an Industry Specification Group to work on Next Generation Protocols (NGP ISG), looking at evolving communications and networking protocols to provide the scale, security, mobility and ease of deployment required for the connected society of the 21st century. The NGP ISG will identify the requirements for next generation protocols and network ...
LRTV Custom TV
Huawei IP 2020 for Future Networks

11|11|16   |     |   (0) comments


Future Networks should satisfy many requirements such as high throughput, extremely low latency, flexible mobility, intrinsic security, networking automation, and so forth. The Chief Architect of Huawei Future Networks addresses a holistic solution, i.e., IP 2020, to achieve these requirements for various future life scenarios (e.g., autonomous driving, tactile ...
LRTV Custom TV
Digital Object Architecture

11|11|16   |     |   (0) comments


Digital Object Architecture provides a basic information infrastructure that can facilitate interoperability between or among different systems, processes, and other information resources, including different identity management systems. Digital objects are networked objects that are named by digital object identifiers and instantiated by an infrastructure service ...
Upcoming Live Events
December 6-8, 2016, The Westin Excelsior, Rome
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
Cable Nodes Becoming a Choke Point
Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading, 12/5/2016
Apple Seeds 5G? Seeks 'Multi-Gigabit' Chip Designer
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/30/2016
Altice Plans FTTH for Entire US Footprint
Iain Morris, News Editor, 11/30/2016
WiCipedia: After-School Coding, Salary Probing & Pro-Parenthood Companies
Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 12/2/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Eyal Waldman, CEO of Mellanox Technologies, speaks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, for an exclusive interview about the 100 GB cable challenge, cybersecurity and much more.
Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Even when there's a strong pipeline of female talent in the comms industry, it tends to leak all the way to the top. McKinsey & Company says women experience pipeline leakage at three primary points: being unable to enter, being stuck in the middle or being locked out of the top. Each pipeline pain point presents its own challenges, but also opportunities to stop the leak. Wireless operator Sprint is making a conscious effort to improve its own pipeline from new recruits to the C-suite, and it wants the rest of the industry to do the same. In this Women in Comms radio show, WiC Board Member and Sprint Vice President of Enterprise Sales Nelly Pitocco will give us her take on the industry's pipeline challenges. Pitocco, who joined Sprint in May and has spent 20 years in the comms industry, will also offer solutions, share how Sprint is tackling the challenge within its own organization and take your questions live on air.