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December 13, 2012

Cisco News - Cisco Furthers CCAP Migration with New CMTS Modules

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Cisco (News - Alert) recently introduced a new high-performance processing engine for its flagship Cisco uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router and Cisco Cable Modem Termination System as part of its ongoing Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) migration plan.

CCAP is new cable access architecture being developed that combines the cable modem termination system and edge QAM.

The combination of these functions will allow service providers to reduce rack space and power usage, while accelerating the transition to an all-IP network, allowing for easier delivery of multiscreen video content.

"Multiservice convergence for DOCSIS and video networks requires significant operational preparation and readiness," said Mark Palazzo, VP and general manager of the Cable Access business unit at Cisco. "Cisco has been working closely with its cable service provider customers to offer a modular CCAP approach to getting them there with exactly what they need right here, right now, and to transition over time."

Cisco's new Performance Routing Engine (PRE5) and 3 Gigabit Shared Port Adapter (3GSPA) work together to offer around twice the number of downstream channels available for the uBR10012 — from 576 to 1,152 — without the need for additional rack space.

As such, these modules allow cable service providers to make better use of their existing platform through an incremental deployment approach, rather than having to swap out old hardware for new hardware.

Just as with the previously announced 3G60 line card, Cisco is implementing a flexible per-port pay-as-you-go licensing structure to meet individual service providers' bandwidth growth. The PRE5 and 3GSPA modules are to undergo testing in the first quarter of 2013 with a number of major global service providers as part of gearing up for CCAP trials and deployments.

Lately, Cisco has been making the news more for acquisitions than new products as the company announced it would acquire Cariden Technologies for $141 million cash in November, alongside Cloupia and Meraki.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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