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CCAP Sales to Top $1B by 2017

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
3/22/2013
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Welcome to the broadband and cable roundup. T.G.I.F. edition.

  • Global product revenues for the emerging Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) will reach $1.04 billion in 2017, predicts Multimedia Research Group (MRG) Inc. Vendors fighting for a piece of the anticipated take include Arris Group Inc., Casa Systems Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., CommScope Inc. and Harmonic Inc. Motorola Mobility LLC is still in the running, but it's in the process of being acquired by Arris. MRG's forecast comes as operators around the globe prepare to get trials and initial deployments underway this year. Among them, Comcast Corp. revealed earlier this week that it is already conducting deployment "pilots" in several markets, while Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks set their sights on trials later this year. MRG, meanwhile, does not expect a significant surge in demand for CCAP products until 2014 and 2015. CCAP, a super-dense architecture that combines the functions of the edge QAM and cable modem termination system, will reduce headend and space requirements while also setting operators on a path toward an all-IP service migration. (See Major Cable Players Rally Around CCAP.)
  • Comcast has installed a Wi-Fi network at Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies, offering free access to all-comers, whether they're Comcast high-speed Internet customers or not. Comcast, which has a similar set-up next door at the Wells Fargo Center, has been deploying hot spots in several markets, including Philadelphia and Boston, as well as parts of California, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. Those all tie into a Wi-Fi roaming deal between Comcast and a handful of major U.S. MSOs that have deployed more than 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • HBO EVP and CTO Bob Zitter has voiced his skepticism about 3D-TV and UltraHD/4K ahead of his retirement at the end of March. Speaking at the TV Connect event in London, he said that "3D with glasses is dead," and that he is "very skeptical" about consumer desire to buy 4K-capable TVs, noting that there's not a huge discernible difference between the budding format and today's HD. (See Berkes Succeeds Zitter as HBO CTO.)
  • Aereo Inc.'s court battle with the broadcasters had a setback of sorts this week after a New York federal judge denied a request that broadcasters reveal revenue data that, Aereo claims, will help the startup prove that its broadband-fed subscription TV service had not harmed their businesses, Law360 reports (subscription required). (See Diller's Aereo Under Legal Attack .)
  • Sumavision Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. are the latest vendors to adopt C-Docsis, an Ethernet-over-coax (EoC) technology being championed by Broadcom Corp. for the Chinese cable market. The C-Docsis architecture relies on traditional Docsis modems that are linked to a network-side device called the Coax Media Converter (CMC), a cable modem termination system (CMTS)-like device that strips out the core routing functions. C-Docsis is one of three architectures China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has approved for the nation's next-generation broadband (NGB) project. (See China Primed for Ethernet-over-Coax Explosion and Broadcom Joins China's Cable Gold Rush.)

  • Staying with China, Entropic Communications Inc. has launched EoC silicon that, the company claims, can pump out 800 Mbit/s of aggregated throughput. Entropic says its multi-channel c.LINK 1.1+ chipset supports "the bandwidth and flexibility" for China's NGB initiative. — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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