Wave Broadbandto Ride Casa for Gigabit Speeds

Casa Systems said Wave Broadband will use its C100G converge cable access platform to deliver gigabit speeds to residential and business customers in the Pacific Northwest.

Wave Broadband is rolling out the C100G, Casa’s CCAP that combines the functions of the cable modem termination system and the edge QAM. The C100G uses DOCSIS 3.0 today, but Casa has developed downstream and upstream modules that put the platform in position to support DOCSIS 3.1, an emerging multi-gigabit spec for HFC networks.

Wave has about 450,000 Internet, TV and phone customers in Northern California and parts of Oregon and Washington, and said it’s swapping out its legacy CMTSs for the gigabit plan, which will help the MSO deliver new bandwidth-intensive apps, including IP video.

Notably, Wave recently raised about $130 million in debt to help fund an aggressive buildout of its fiber optic communications network and aimed at bringing higher-speed connectivity to business customers.

"Driven by the incredible growth of streaming video, social media and other rich content, the gigabit era can't wait. To reinforce our investment in expanding gigabit services across our region, it was imperative we have the right infrastructure in place," said Harold Zeitz, president and COO at Wave, in a statement. "The C100G CCAP from Casa Systems is the solution that paves a seamless path to scale and supports next-gen technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1, wireless, PON architecture and virtualization that are poised to become competitive differentiators."

The win with Wave comes as Casa grapples for markets share against access network rivals such as Arris, Cisco Systems, Harmonic, and Huawei.