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Cable-Tec Expo: Casa Systems Intros Virtual CCAP

Casa Systems is using this week’s Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia to introduce a virtualized core for the Converged Cable Access Platform as well as for 4G/5G cellular and WiFi capabilities.

Casa, which has previously centered efforts on more centralized forms of the CCAP, will demo a vCCAP that uses the vendor’s Axyom software architecture, which provides a common security framework for the independent scaling of control and data plane functions, the company said.

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The supplier said its latest product line features virtual MAC layer data processing, control and management functions, and that its family of distributed access nodes for PHY layer processing in cable networks are supported by both the new vCCAP product and its chassis-based CCAPs, such as the C100G and C40G.

Casa Systems joins a group of access network suppliers focused on cable that have launched or are developing virtual CCAPs, including Arris and Nokia, among others.

Casa (booth 665) hasn’t announced any deployment deals for the virtualized approach, but some of its announced partners include Interop Technologies, Jupiter Telecommunications, DNA Ltd, Mediacom Communications, Wave Broadband and Time Warner Cable (now part of Charter Communications).

In addition to the vCCAP demos, Casa will also be showing off its Video over DAA (Distributed Access Architecture), DOCSIS 3.1 gear and Axyom LTE based Wi-Fi calling, and Secure Wi-Fi MDU products.