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Cable Technology Feature Article

March 31, 2009

Motorola Intros BSR Software Release 5.2

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Motorola reportedly has launched software release 5.2 for the DOCSIS 3.0 CableLabs (News - Alert) Bronze Qualified Motorola BSR 64000 integrated CMTS (I-CMTS).

The TX32 redundancy introduced by the latest release provides an advanced level of system-wide high-availability and service assurance for ultra-broadband networks. This delivers downstream bonded services for commercial and high-tier customers as well as increased service tiers for residential customers.

Version 5.2 supports a doubling of BSR 64000 downstream capacity while continuing investment protection. This has made the BSR 64000 one of the easiest CMTS platforms to migrate from DOCSIS 2.0 to DOCSIS 3.0.

Dr. George H. Simmons, corporate vice president and general manager, Access Network Solutions (News - Alert), Motorola explained that cable operators want to differentiate themselves in today’s highly competitive broadband market. They want to increase their focus on network availability and realize that downtime to the consumer is unacceptable where there is a choice of service providers.

BSR software release 5.2 offers a number of benefits to the cable operators. The solution helps them to increase downstream capacity, offer ultra-broadband speeds of up to 160 Mbps, and maintain high-availability of their DOCSIS based voice, video and data services all while protecting their legacy investments.

Elaborating on the new release, Motorola’s (News - Alert) officials inform that v 5.2 expands downstream capacity per BSR 64000 with the support of dual TX32 modules per chassis. By leveraging this increase in downstream channel density and bandwidth, cable operators are able to provide greater capacity and bandwidth for commercial and high-tier residential customers.

Motorola is providing other benefits as well. Operators can now leverage superior control of IPTV (News - Alert) traffic with greater multicast traffic control, enhanced multipath routing redundancy, and subscriber billing with L2 MAC configuration. The BSR 64000 also supports both DOCSIS 3.0 downstream channel bonding and dynamic load balancing simultaneously across existing 2:8 and TX32 modules.

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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard