Cable modem/CMTS

Motorola CMTS Going for the Bronze

It may be a bit late to the Docsis 3.0 CMTS party, but Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is gearing up to make up for some lost time and take its first official test at CableLabs in the important product category.

The company, which just announced a trio of Docsis 3.0-based modems and embedded multimedia terminal adapters (E-MTAs), confirmed Friday that it plans to submit its flagship cable modem termination system (CMTS), the BSR64000, for “Bronze” qualification in Wave 58. According to the CableLabs certification schedule, that Wave is slated to begin in late February, with results expected by mid-May.

Wave 57 is already underway, with results coming in by mid-to-late April.

So far, three CMTS vendors have won Docsis 3.0 qualification. Late last year, CableLabs awarded Bronze status to Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), and Silver qualification to Casa Systems Inc. . (See Cisco, Arris & Casa Make the CableLabs Grade.)

To keep the Docsis 3.0 CMTS train moving forward as vendors continue to develop upstream channel bonding capabilities and incorporate other elements of the specs, CableLabs enlisted a tiered CMTS testing system last April. (See CableLabs Accelerates Docsis 3.0 Testing .)

Modems, however, must adhere to the full 3.0 specs in order to obtain CableLabs certification. At last check, the Bronze and Silver portions of the tiered CMTS testing plan were scheduled to sunset in March 2009.

According to the latest figures from Ovum RHK Inc. , Cisco remains atop the CMTS heap, followed by Arris and Motorola. (See The CMTS Horserace .)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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