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TWC Uncaps CCAP With Casa & Arris

Time Warner Cable has joined the CCAP club.

The country's second-largest cable company announced today that it has started deploying Cable Converged Access Platforms (CCAP) from Casa Systems Inc. and Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS). Time Warner is rolling out Casa's C100G Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), and the E6000 Converged Edge Router from Arris.

CCAP offers a high-density cable platform that will ultimately combine the functions of the traditional CMTS and Edge QAM devices. Although the first significant deployments of CCAP products began earlier this year, major shipments aren't expected until 2014. (See CCAP Starting to Make Impact .)

"CCAP will provide the increased density and corresponding capacity needed to meet the growth of our Data services," says Howard Pfeffer, SVP of Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC). "The deployments have been extremely successful. We look forward to continued network growth, enabling the development of new and advanced services for our customers."

The Time Warner deployments mark a major win for both Casa and Arris. Casa's C100G was the first integrated CCAP device on the market capable of delivering MPEG video, IP video, and DOCSIS data services over a single RF port. The company said in May that its C100G chassis was already in "live field trials" or lab trials with at least two operators in North America and Europe. It did not, however, divulge operator names at that time. Other Casa cable customers include Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) and Numericable-SFR in Europe, and Mediacom Communications Corp. in the US (See Casa Unveils First Integrated CCAP.)

Arris, meanwhile, has already announced deployments of the E6000 edge router with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), and the company showed in June that its product could also serve as an integrated CCAP device like the Casa CMTS. The Time Warner customer addition means the vendor has notched CCAP wins with both of the two largest US cable operators.

As of the second quarter, Infonetics Research Inc. reports that Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Arris still top the CMTS market with 51 percent and 42 percent share respectively. Casa is up to 8 percent market share thanks in large part to its CCAP success. (See MSOs Slash Hardware Spending Again.)

— Mari Silbey, Special to Light Reading Cable

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