Cable Technology Feature Article
October 20, 2009
ARRIS New IP-Based Systems Lower Costs and Speed Up Service Deployment
By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor
ARRIS, a communications technology company that deals in the design, engineering and supply of technology supporting triple- and quad-play broadband services, will be demonstrating its new converged multimedia solutions that are designed to bring down operational costs and fasten service deployments at an upcoming expo.
These new cost-effective, easy-to-deploy triple-play IP solutions for three screen customer are designed from the network operations center to the head end, throughout the distribution network, and all the way to the end-user, viewing media on any screen.
Cable operators are looking for means to set up advanced video services amidst stiff competition from telecom, satellite and mobile operators on the video front and are turning to a new technology to bring down bandwidth usage while at the same time enhancing performance and capabilities on their existing networks. By delivering interactive IP video to the home over DOCSIS, cable operators free bandwidth on multicast networks and can take advantage of the innovative features offered by IP video. ARRIS leverages this IP video over DOCSIS to reduce operational costs, quicken service deployments and increase ROI.
ARRIS has also developed a new variable bit rate, or “VBR,” video delivery technique that will increase video bandwidth efficiency by 50 percent and by removing multi-location processing needs it can enhance video quality too.
During the expo, the company will also be demonstrating 4:1 HD compression on the ARRIS VIPr2200, resulting in more efficient spectrum utilization and significant QAM channel cost savings.
Company officials said that it delivers new revenue streams with personalized content to more screens through its Touchstone (News - Alert) CPE product line that provides DOCSIS 3.0-based phone, data and home networking services and its recently purchased Diego and the Moxi whole home DVR.
ARRIS has also developed ConvergeMedia, a comprehensive portfolio of media application and distribution platforms designed to help operators address the unique challenges of media service delivery. The ConvergeMedia Application platform is a complete management suite offering operators all the elements needed to deliver enhanced services, such as video on demand and advanced advertising.
Demonstrations will also include its DOCSIS Control Interface EPoN designed for quickening the deployment of business services without the need for an expensive over-build solution. The company’s fixed mobile convergence systems can relocate traffic from mobile network to the cable operator’s IP infrastructure reducing costs and enhancing customer satisfaction.
The company has claimed that for more than 50 years their ARRIS Supplies has helped operators reduce their inventory carrying charges and improve deployment lead times by offering one of the widest selections of HFC plant equipment in the industry.
Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Kelly McGuire