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Cable Technology Feature Article

April 29, 2009

Arris to Demo DOCSIS Products

By Vivek Naik, TMCnet Contributor

ARRIS reportedly has announced that it’s preparing to showcase its Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification, or “DOCSIS” broadband products – including voice and data services, Video On Demand, Addressable Advertising, and Access and Transport solutions – at an event in Germany.
Company officials say they’ll demonstrate the advantages of using native Variable Bit Rate in bonded channel Hybrid Fiber Coaxial via a DOCSIS 3.0 end-to-end solution providing IPTV unicast services to personal computers and IP-based Set Top Boxes, and the ARRIS Fixed Mobility Convergence (News - Alert) solution that permits cable operators with Mobile Virtual Network Operations to offload all types of digital traffic to a broadband network thereby increasing MVNO margins. 
Its ARRIS “Connect, Communicate, Collaborate and Continue Cable Modem Termination System” is a small form factor, reported TMCnet, a DOCSIS 3.0 based chassis that includes an integrated Layer 3 edge routing capabilities and DOCSIS RF functionality in single carrier-grade system architecture.
Its high density module, the report says, supports a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 80 downstreams, with a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 60 upstreams configurations, depending on service providers’ deliverables.
The Touchstone (News - Alert) Cable Modems, the company says, are embedded multimedia terminal adapters that deliver VoIP and high-speed data access, and are interoperable with any PacketCable or SIP-based network. The products have between 2 to 12 lines of telephony, 20 hour battery back-up capability, and are aesthetically designed.
The company’s ARRIS ConvergeMedia, reported TMCnet, enables service providers overcome network traffic congestion and overload while meeting customer driven content demands such as Video on Demand that suit customers’ convenience.
The TMCnet article says that the company provides technologies such as Session and Resource Management, Content and Asset Management, Configuration Management, Operations Monitoring and Data Reporting capabilities, and offers On Demand application support for new and legacy environments that include Metadata, Entitlement and Account Management head end applications, along with set-top box client applications. 
The ARRIS D5 Universal Edge Quadrature Amplitude Modulation is, as TMCnet reported, a modular IP edge network device that delivers Video on Demand, Switched Digital Video and DOCSIS M-CMTS over HFC networks. It allows inexpensive set-top boxes, cable modems and IP Set-Top Boxes to coexist on the same HFC downstream. Operators can start with MPEG-2 or DVB-C digital video today and migrate to IP TV services in the future.
Also on display will be: the CORWave multi-wavelength optical platform that provides extension of existing fiber services; CORView Element Management Software; the Opti Max 3100 1 GHz Segmentable Node and Opti Max 2100 Segmentable Fiber Deep Cabinet style Node; the Flex Max FM401 Cabinet Distribution Amplifier and the FTTMax Radio Frequency over Glass Optical Network Unit for triple play services; and FTTMax Ethernet Passive Network Optical Line Terminal and Optical Network Unit for PON-based Ethernet services.

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Vivek Naik is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Vivek's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan