CableLabs Qualifies Arris and Motorola High-Speed Data Headend Equipment
Louisville, Colorado, July 15, 1999—Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs®) has qualified headend equipment needed for interoperable high-speed data distribution from Arris Interactive and Motorola. These are the second and third suppliers this year to have high-speed cable data headend equipment qualified. Cisco Systems' equipment was qualified in March.
The cable headend or modem termination system (CMTS) qualification process parallels another CableLabs-managed process called CableLabs® Certified™ that certifies cable modems for retail sale. CMTS qualification consists of interoperability, stability, conformance to specification, and manageability of product.
Certification provides the retail customer with assurance that the cable modem they purchase complies with the DOCSIS specification and will interoperate with other certified modems and qualified headend systems. So far, cable modems from 10 manufacturers have been "certified" interoperable with each other for retail sale.
DOCSIS headend equipment and modems are now deployed in more than 60 locations with as many as 20,000 cable modems deployed in one system. The DOCSIS process has proven to deliver high-speed cable data equipment that is better, faster, and less expensive than other modems.
The qualification process provides the cable operator or broadband service provider with information on how the headend equipment—CMTS—will interoperate with multiple vendors' certified cable modems using different silicon. "The qualification of additional CMTS is the stamp of approval for the DOCSIS open process and further proves that multiple vendors from around the world can design and can build products that conform to the specification," said Rouzbeh Yassini, executive consultant to CableLabs and head of the cable modem effort.
Qualification is based on the following factors: (1) Vendors provide a signed affidavit affirming that their CMTS meets the published specification and will interoperate with all CableLabs® Certified™ cable modems. (2) The CMTS has exhibited satisfactory performance in various cable operator field trials. (3) The CMTS has passed CableLabs' audit tests in the areas of interoperability, stability, and specification conformance. The qualification program will continue allowing more vendors' CMTS units to be qualified. Qualification does not constitute a CableLabs endorsement or recommendation to purchase. CableLabs member companies may purchase any CMTS they choose.
About CableLabs: Cable Television Laboratories (www.cablelabs.com) was founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry. A non-profit research and development consortium, CableLabs delivers innovations that enable cable operators to be the providers of choice in their markets. Cable operators from around the world are members. CableLabs maintains additional web sites at www.cablenet.org and www.ebif.tv.
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