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INTX 2016: Arris Expands DOCSIS 3.1 Device Family

Arris (booth 1214) will use next week’s show in Boston to preview a set of new DOCSIS 3.1-based gateways – the Touchstone TG3462 and Touchstone TG3472 telephony gateways, and the TM3402 embedded multimedia terminal adapter.

Arris noted in this blog post that its new Touchstone offerings support video-grade” WiFi performance as well as Zigbee and Thread. The TM3402 eMTA provides MSOs with a “modular” option for enabling DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-gigabit speeds, the company said.

The introduction of those three products follow last fall’s introduction of Arris’s first two D3.1-based products – the Touchstone CM8200, and the SURFboard SB8200, a device with the same technical capabilities of the CM8200, but tagged for retail sale.

Of that group, Technicolor announced that its TC4000 modem is involved in Comcast’s D3.1 trial in Atlanta. Comcast also has plans to rollout residential and business-class gigabit broadband using DOCSIS 3.1 in Nashville in the first half of 2016, and follow with launches in Chicago, Detroit and Miami in the second half of the year.

In February, Arris noted on its blogthat the supplier's flagship cable access platform, the E6000 Converged Edge Router, is supporting Comcast D3.1 rollout in four of the five markets already identified by the cable operator.