ADC Quickens ‘Cuda’ Upgrades


With a new design, ADC Telecommunications Inc. is cutting down the downtime
needed to upgrade its newest "Cuda 12000" cable-modem-termination-system

The network-gear maker has tweaked its Cuda design to include software and
modules that can be changed or added without requiring system downtime. In
addition, ADC has boosted the system density to support up to 3,000 cable modems
per Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification module.

The new unit also sports a radio-frequency switch that can be replaced in the
field to cut the cost of redundant systems. The net result is a control unit
that doesn’t need to be taken down to be upgraded, potentially speeding
operators’ migration to new services such as voice-over-Internet-protocol

"With this release, our customers can take advantage of dramatically reduced
downtime to win in the business-services market and move aggressively to
implement VoIP," said Hilton Nicholson, president of ADC’s IP-cable business

"We also believe that the carrier-class performance of the Cuda 12000 will
result in measurable improvements in subscriber satisfaction," he