NOS of Portugal has “validated” a Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP)-facing product mix from Cisco Systems that features the vendor’s flagship uBR10K cable modem termination system and its high-density RF Gateway 10 edge QAM.
As part of this build toward CCAP, NOS is complementing the combo with Cisco’s 3GSPA, a card that can effectivel double the downstream density of one uBR10K chassis (from 576 to 1,152 downstreams), and the DS384, an eight-port line card with support for up to 128 QAMs per port.
The aim is for NOS, which also uses Videoscape, Cisco’s multiscreen video platform for service providers, to more efficiently deliver a mix of video and DOCSIS services via a uniform platform.
"We have seen consistent growth in our IP delivered video services since the launch of our Iris platform, which has in turn increased pressure on our broadband access network. By converging the two, we are ensuring that we can invest the right capacity in the right places at the right time,” said NOS CTO Miguel Veiga Martins, in a statement.
Cisco is also working on the cBR-8, a fully integrated CCAP that will succeed the uBR10K as the vendor’s flagship cable access product. That device, code-named “Battlestar,” will be in ten customer trials this summer ahead of its anticpated launch in the first quarter of 2015.
And, for Cisco, the sooner the better. Infonetics Research said CCAP-related sales surged 177% in the first quarter, allowing Arris to jump ahead of Cisco in combined CCAP and CMTS revenue share during the period.