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June 01, 2012

Kabel Deutschland Field Tests ARRIS Solutions, Realizes Over Four Gbps Download Speed

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

German cable service provider, Kabel Deutschland announced that it has field tested the combination of a EuroDOCSIS 3.0-based ARRIS C4 CMTS and 12 ARRIS Touchstone (News - Alert) Cable Modem CM820S.

In a release, KD chief technology officer, Lorenz Glatz, said, “Our field test with ARRIS, with an aggregate download capacity of well over four Gbps, was a complete success and underlines the unique selling proposition of our cable network as the only extensive ultra-fast network in the German broadband market.”

“Using this technology, a feature length movie could theoretically be downloaded in eight seconds - at speeds faster than a standard laptop or modem can even process - demonstrating that today’s broadband cable network is already a high performance and sustainable infrastructure offering huge untapped potential,” Glatz added.

Kabel Deutschland, a long time customer of ARRIS CMTS, conducted the tests on a real cable plant located in a school in the city of Schwerin, Germany, that was recently upgraded by KD to 862 MHz. Incidentally, the recently held 4.7 Gbps field test ensured the optimum use of available standards, technology and hardware.

According to ARRIS officials, the combined system can access eight bonded Annex A (8 MHz) channels in order to deliver 4.7 Gbps of aggregated data throughput each during downstream.

Tom Cloonan, ARRIS CTO, Network Solutions (News - Alert) remarked that this field test proved that a HFC plant will be able to deliver full IP video load. Also the HFC plant as a whole can be converted into one or more enormous pipes making it use present day technology and networks, and still be suitable for future consumer bandwidth demands.

“We congratulate Kabel Deutschland on pushing through existing barriers to deliver their customers the services of tomorrow, today,” Cloonan added.

Recently, ARRIS Group Inc. and NDS (News - Alert) announced a collaboration to deliver a tightly-integrated solution that will offer service providers greater choice and customization in the way they deliver seamless whole home triple-play media experiences to their subscribers.

This joint integration is expected to ensure an architecture that will accelerate the pace of innovation and the convergence of traditional pay-TV with Interactive IP Multi-Media Services.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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