Arris Completes Trials Of New CMTS

Arris Group said it has completed customer trials of its new E6000 Converged Edge Router and that the cable modem termination system is now generally available.

The vendor said the new CMTS “delivers new levels of density and cost-effectiveness in a simple, robust integrated architecture that has the capability to realize the vision of CCAP—the convergence of high-speed data, voice, and video service delivery from a single connector.” CCAP is CableLabs’ Converged Cable Access Platform headend specification that integrates the functions of broadcast and narrowcast QAMs and DOCSIS 3.0 interfaces to gain operational efficiencies. Comcast and Time Warner Cable have championed CCAP, and Arris has said previously that at least five MSOs were testing the E6000 CER. At the Cable Show this past June, Comcast said it had taken the E6000 beyond tests into initial commercial deployments.

Arris said it has successfully completed the multi-phased E6000 CER customer trial program, which included several operator locations and tens of thousands of live subscribers. ARRIS also completed its manufacturing ramp process for the E6000 CER.

Bruce McClelland, president, Network & Cloud Global Services, at ARRIS said in a release: “Operators today are benefitting from the unrivaled efficiencies of the E6000 CER – in rack space, power consumption, cooling, advanced services and new applications.”

Arris said it also successfully demonstrated the E6000 delivering converged services — simultaneously delivering high-speed data and MPEG video traffic on a single F connector — with hitless RF fail over capability at the Cable Show in June.