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Arris: Time to Add Video?

Arris is demonstrating an IPTV solution with RGB Networks at the IBC expo in Amsterdam this week. It's a logical application for ARRIS to showcase for the European market, highlighting its Cadant C4 CMTS and Keystone D5 Universal EdgeQAM products. The demo uses a modular CMTS (M-CMTS) configuration to deliver video over DOCSIS.

However, the need to team with RGB also spotlights Arris' lack of a video processing solution, a key ingredient for cable's next-generation networks.

In the demo, Arris relies on RGB's Broadcast Network Processor (BNP), a high-performance statistical multiplexer and video groomer that supports a whopping 512 streams in a single rack unit. Ironically, RGB is leveraging the FPGA-programmable hardware in the BNP to build its own universal edge QAM product. When released later this year, it will directly compete against Arris' D5.

Of course, while on the subject of competitive tension, it's interesting to see RGB in a demo with Arris, which is a key rival of RGB's North American reseller partner Motorola.

Arris has long eyed a leap beyond its cable telephony and data roots into video. But it seems unlikely that the historically thrifty vendor would pony up enough for the likes of RGB, or BigBand Networks for that matter. How about a merger with Terayon? If not, it's time for Arris to get busy building its own solution.

-- Michael Harris, Chief Analyst, Cable Digital News
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