Contributed by Mark Palazzo, VP/GM for Cisco’s Cable Access Business Unit
On the last day of a New Orleans week that contained two major conventions - the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ (SCTE) annual Cable Tec-Expo, preceded by the Cable Television Association for Marketing’s (CTAM) Summit -- early morning shop talk requires a strong cup of coffee.
Contributed by John Mattson, Director of Product Management, Cable Marketing
New 3G60 Broadband Processing Engine Enables Cable Operators to Cost-Effectively Move to All-IP Networks
The long-awaited 3G60 line card for the uBR10012 CMTS has finally arrived. Ever since Cisco first conceived this line card, many worldwide cable providers have been waiting for its debut with breathless anticipation. In my 22 years in the cable industry I can’t recall any other product with as much advance customer interest as this one.
Why is the 3G60 such a hot commodity? Because it finally brings the right combination of very high capacity and very low cost-per-port that enables operators to realistically deploy Video-over-DOCSIS (VDOC) service. And VDOC is the key to moving to a converged, all-IP network, which dramatically reduces both capital and operating costs and provides unprecedented flexibility to introduce new services quickly and efficiently.
The 3G60 provides up to 72 downstream ports and 60 upstream ports on a single line card, -- over 3 times the density of any line card on the market today. Using the 3G60, a single uBR10012 can support up to 576 downstream and 480 upstream ports per chassis. In addition, starting from a minimal base system, all of the upstream and downstream ports on the 3G60 can be provisioned via software licensing, so customers can install the card and then only pay for the ports they use. The 3G60 supports DOCSIS® 3.0 downstream channel bonding of as few as 2 up to as many as 24 channels, which makes downstream speeds of over 900 megabits per second possible. Read More »