TW Cable Gets Rolling With CCAP

Taps Casa Systems and Arris For Initial Deployments

Time Warner Cable has embarked on its Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) journey and has brought along two vendors – Casa Systems and Arris Group – for the first leg of it.

Early on, TWC said it has deployed Casa’s C100G cable modem termination system and the Arris E6000 Converged Edge Router in markets not yet disclosed.

CCAP, now a spec governed by CableLabs, is a super-dense, space- and power-saving platform that will combine the edge QAM and CMTS functions, eventually converge all cable services, and put MSOs on a path toward an all-IP future.

“CCAP will provide the increased density and corresponding capacity needed to meet the growth of our Data services,” Howard Pfeffer, TWC’s senior vice president, broadband technology group, said in a statement. “The deployments have been extremely successful. We look forward to continued network growth, enabling the development of new and advanced services for our customers.”

Casa unveiled the C100G in May, noting that it can house the vendor’s CCAP-ready DS8X96 downstream module, SMM8X10G switching module, and US16x4 upstream module. The new chassis will also be compatible with new, higher density modules that Casa has under development.

Arris’s E6000 CER, launched last year, is starting off as a next-gen CMTS and will add in the edge QAM and other video elements later on.  In August on the company's earnings call, Arris chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione said the company had begun its first “significant shipments” of the E6000 to Comcast, and had deployments and trials underway “across all geographies.”

At the end of the second quarter, Cisco led CMTS vendors with 51% of revenues, followed by Arris (42%), and Casa (8%), according to Infonetics Research.

Separately, Casa said it won five new CCAP deals in the third quarter of 2013 tier 1 operators in Asia, North America, Latin America, and Europe, but did not identify them.