Working in cooperation with cable companies and cable equipment manufacturers, CableLabs has developed sets of publicly available interface specifications to facilitate interoperability of cable devices, including cable modems, set-top boxes, digital televisions, and various telephony devices.
Interoperable devices based on common specifications facilitate consumer choice, widespread deployment of new technologies, and lower costs to both cable operators and consumers.
Certification / Qualification
CableLabs’ goal for the certification and qualification program is to enable any interested supplier to develop equipment that complies with the relevant specification. The program is designed to be pro-competitive and supplier-neutral.
Technical specifications publicly available for suppliers to reference are provided in PDF format only. Issued specifications undergo changes through an open Engineering Change Process. When Engineering Changes have been approved as Engineering Change Notices (ECNs), they are publicly posted under the project-specific webpages. Once ECNs are incorporated into the specification and the next version of the specification has been published, those incorporated ECNs will be removed from the public Web page and archived in DocZone. The public Web page will state if there are no ECNs for a particular project.
To submit an Engineering Change Request (ECR) against a CableLabs specification, please complete and submit the appropriate CableLabs Engineering Change Request Form. If you have a DocZone account, click here. If you do not have a DocZone account, click here to request the form.
Engineering Change Notices (ECNs) have been approved for many of CableLabs®-issued specifications. The ECNs are considered part of the set of specifications—the ECNs and the issued specifications must be examined in order to fully understand specific requirements.
Consistent with current practice, Engineering Change Notices (ECNs) are Minor Changes considered to be part of the applicable specification effective in accordance with Section 7.3 of the DOCSIS License Agreement, even though they may not yet be included in a published version of that specification. Therefore, for the purpose of compliance testing, CableLabs considers the current version of the specification to consist of the most recent, published version of the specification as it appears on CableLabs’ Web site, and any ECNs approved since the specification publication but not yet incorporated into the specification. Note that ECNs are considered mandatory for Certification/Qualification in the Certification Wave or effective date as indicated in the ECN.
Once ECNs are incorporated into the specification and the next version of the specification has been published, those incorporated ECNs will be removed from this public Web page and archived in DocZone. If there are no ECNs for a particular project, that will be indicated below.
Cable television operators have transitioned from a traditional core business of entertainment programming to a position as full-service providers of video, voice, and data telecommunications services. Cable modems based on Data over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS®) are among the fundamental devices making this transition possible.
DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON Specifications
DOCSIS® Provisioning of EPON (DPoE™) Specifications create an architecture and serve as necessary specifications for enabling Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) equipment to be provisioned using existing DOCSIS-based provisioning systems and policies, and to provide network services over EPON access networks to business customers.
The DPoE Specifications have three primary goals to:
- Facilitate multi-supplier interoperability—the DPoE specifications will provide a common foundation for suppliers to build products that will not only interoperate with the DOCSIS back office servers, but with other supplier’s equipment. As a result, DPoE Optical Network Unit (ONU) suppliers can expect their product to interoperate with others who provide DPoE Systems.
- Allow for use of DOCSIS provisioning—DOCSIS provisioning systems provide configuration information for millions of DOCSIS devices. The DPoE specifications provide requirements for EPON equipment to be provisioned using the same DOCSIS servers.
- Provide Metro Ethernet services as defined by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)—the DPoE specifications provide an architecture and requirements to support the Ethernet Private Line (EPL) service.
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The OpenCable™ specifications, covering both hardware and software, define an interactive digital cable platform consisting of both middleware and applications. Additionally, specifications related to advertising are represented within the OpenCable suite of specifications.
Built on top of the industry’s highly successful DOCSIS® cable modem infrastructure, PacketCable™ networks use Internet protocol (IP) technology to enable a wide range of multimedia services, such as IP telephony, multimedia conferencing, interactive gaming, and general multimedia applications.
The CableLabs Wi-Fi specifications are designed to help bring cable operator broadband services to mobile data subscribers. Subscribers are able to enjoy broadband services on cable operator and partner operator Wi-Fi networks. The specifications identify essential requirements to support Wi-Fi roaming, and define vendor requirements for the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi Gateways on cable networks.
These technical specifications are available for vendors to reference and are not specific to any CableLabs projects.rovided in PDF format only. Issued specifications undergo changes through an open Engineering Change Process.
To submit an Engineering Change Request (ECR) against a CableLabs specification, please complete and submit the appropriate CableLabs Engineering Change Request Form. If you have a DocZone account, click here to obtain the form. If you do not have a DocZone account, click here to request the form.