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June 19, 2013

CableLabs Enhances Business Service Capabilities for Cable Industry

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

CableLabs (News - Alert) is enhancing business service capabilities for the cable industry by announcing qualification of the first devices to implement version 1.0 of the DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specifications.

Announcement of this qualification by the non-profit research and development consortium for the cable industry will enable the interoperability of access network equipment based on Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) technology.

Devices have to pass a battery of tests to reach compliance with a specific CableLabs specification. Once a device has passed these tests it is proven that it exhibits interoperable functionality with other “CableLabs qualified” devices in that class.

Cable operators can now quickly and seamlessly integrate fiber-based access network technology to address the high bandwidth requirement of their business clients.

Many devices achieved qualification status after this test including DPoE Systems from Huawei (News - Alert), Sumitomo Electric; and optical network units from CTDI and Finisar.

“It is excellent news for the cable industry to now be able to choose between so many qualified DPoE devices as the complexity and speeds of our offered services continues to increase,” said Craig Cowden, senior vice president of network engineering, operations and enterprise solutions at Bright House Networks. “Having qualified devices will provide cable operators with yet another valuable tool as we continue to pursue our respective deployment objectives.”

More than 20 vendors worked together for the development and interoperability testing of the DPoE specifications. Cable operators can leverage CableLabs DPoE specifications to effectively deliver business connectivity services.

As all the DPoE-compliant devices can completely support the DOCSIS provisioning process, services can easily be managed just like those delivered over cable modem networks.

“When so many equipment suppliers dedicate themselves to interoperability, it helps us increase the speed of innovation within the industry,” said Glenn Russell, vice president of business services at CableLabs. “Their commitment to interoperability will significantly expand the options for cable operators, as well as the service options for their customers.”

Cable Television Laboratories delivers innovations that enable cable operators to be the providers of choice in their markets. The company was in the news last month for announcing that Tom Lookabaugh will join the organization as the new executive vice president of R&D.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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