Hitron’s ready for CableLabs Certification. By this time next year, some cable companies will be offering 600 megabit-1 gigabit (shared) downloads. ARRIS and Hitron both showed 16-24 channel modems at SCTE, promising samples in a few months and volume production sometime next year. Both use the Intel Puma 6 chip and 3x3 MIMO for WiFi performance. Intel offers a reference design they all but promise will pass CableLabs, so numerous vendors should be on the market soon. In early days, the price will likely be high but that shouldn't last very long.
ARRIS also is ready to upgrade their best-selling C4 CMTS with software and a System Control Module. No word from lead competitor Cisco on when they will match, but they certainly are working hard. The main limit, once the gear is field-proven, will be bandwidth. Most U.S. systems don't have a spare dozen channels. Some Europeans, where they carry fewer TV channels, will be able to jump on early. SK in Korea has announced they will be upgrading as soon as possible; they face tough competition from fiber.
Sharing on cable works remarkably well. I'd estimate actual performance will be better than 500 megabits 95+% of the time. More than 99% of the time users are likely to achieve 200 megabits. If anything, those are low estimates. Speeds may occasionally go down as bandwidth demand increases over time. But the new gear should reliably deliver 100 megabits for the rest of this decade.
More on gigabit cable. Here's the product sheet from Hitron and the press releases from ARRIS and Intel.
ARRIS Announces Newest C4® CMTS Software Release
Features Include Enhanced IPv6 Support
Suwanee, GA – October 9, 2012: ARRIS Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) today
announced in-service availability of Release 8.1 software for its global industry-leading
CMTS, further enhancing performance and value for the installed base of C4 CMTS and
C4c™ CMTS products.
The C4 CMTS has been shipping in volume for over ten years, making it one of the
industry’s most successful CMTS platforms. C4 CMTS customers have come to rely
on its availability, performance, density, and cost-effectiveness and can expect more of
the same with Release 8.1. Release 8.1, in conjunction with the installation of a System
Control Module 3 (SCM), delivers improved performance for control plane-related tasks
including IP Detail Record (IPDR), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
and Command Line Interface (CLI); increases in IPv6 route scaling; additional DSG
feature support; and improved support for Lawful Intercept (LI) applications in Europe.
These features further augment existing C4 CMTS trademark capabilities, such as hitless
failover and high scaling of subscriber devices.
“We are pleased to announce this next step in the continuing evolution and upgrade of
the C4 CMTS platform,” said ARRIS VP Product Management Todd Kessler. “We want
our customers to be able to take advantage of its new functionality and features to offer
their subscribers greater reliability and service. At the same time, we constantly strive to
reduce their total cost of C4 CMTS ownership.”
and Data Gateways Capable of Bonding 16 & 24 Downstream Channels
Complete Portfolio Gives Operators Options for MoCA® and Wi-Fi® Home
Networking, Telephony and Near 1 Gigabit Data Speeds to Enable TV Everywhere
Suwanee, GA – October 16, 2012: ARRIS Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) today
announced its next generation DOCSIS® 3.0 wireless in-home network gateways
capable of delivering video and data at near 1 Gigabit speeds. Cable operators can use
these gateways to provide subscribers with high bandwidth, triple play and multiscreen
services. The gateways will be on display at ARRIS booth #2802 during SCTE Cable
Tec Expo in Orlando, October 16-19, 2012 and will be available in Q1, 2013 to start
The newest Touchstone voice and data devices provide flexible options for 16x4 and
24x8 channel bonding. The gateways includes Intel® PUMA™6 and Intel PUMA6MG
; MaxLinear’s Full Spectrum Capture™ front end receivers; and Celeno’s CLR260 3x3:3
(MIMO) Wi-Fi technology with beam forming in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. This
new family of next generation gateways delivers multiple home networks for carrier class
distribution of all IP video, data and voice:
Cable operators choosing the appropriate ARRIS Touchstone gateways can:
Deliver the next step in TV Everywhere services and high speed connectivity
Offer the home or small office subscriber with a business class wireless solution
“With every device consumers add to their in-home networks, the demand for
bandwidth must be met. Consequently, speed leadership is a pillar of our customers’
competitive position,” said Derek Elder, SVP and GM of the ARRIS Touchstone CPE
Division. “ARRIS has been the world leader in DOCSIS CPE for years because we
understand that one product cannot serve all of the application needs of service providers.
We are announcing today a complete portfolio of DOCSIS 3.0 voice and data gateways
designed to assure that our customers deploy precisely the right bandwidth and services
for each application with the best in-home wireless coverage and performance.”