Next stepToday's video ecosystem is divided into three segments-those who create, those who distribute and those who monetize. Players like Netflix are starting to cross into two categories at the same time. You know why-consumers want content anyway they can get it.

With consumers demanding more content on more screens, cable operators are seeking a cost-effective strategy for migrating from conventional MPEG-based video delivery to IP video transport. The converged cable access platform (CCAP) was designed with this goal in mind. CCAP proposes to combine data and video delivery as a first step on the migration path to IP video.

CCAP promises cable operators, who are competing in this very quickly changing world, a solution that saves space and power, has full redundancy and the ability to move to an all IP world when the time comes. In terms of building blocks, CCAP is really a composition of three boxes-Edge QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), cable modem termination system (CMTS) and passive optical network (PON).

There has been a lot of talk about CommScope launching a CCAP system and that time has come. The CommScope CCAP solution (CSP [Converged Services Platform]) will be available in two versions-the CSP 640 and CSP 1280.

CSP 640

  • Nine-rack-unit model with support for a maximum of 9,600 downstream QAMs
  • Aggregate throughput of 640 gigabits per second

CSP 1280

  • 14-rack unit model with up to 19,200 downstream QAMs
  • Throughput of 1.28 terabits per second

With these many QAMs, the ability to remotely manage and "pay as you grow," coupled with redundancy, is crucial and standard on every chassis. In the future, CommScope will add support for upstream DOCSIS® and MAC (media access control), native IP processing, Ethernet passive optical network (EPON) and EPON over Coax (EPOC) interfaces, and other features called for in the CCAP blueprint in the second of three phases.

Our final phase will have the upstream DOCSIS CMTS component. It is our belief that cable operators will deploy a CCAP chassis as mega QAMs. Either way, CommScope is well positioned to work with operators in this converged market.

You can learn more about our CSP solution during the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta, GA on October 22-24, 2013. It will be available for demonstrations at booth 1363. I'll be attending the show, and I welcome you to stop by the booth. Ask for myself or Shane Eleniak, and we'll explain all the benefits of our new innovative solution.

Will you be at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo? How close are you to deploying CCAP technology? 

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About the Author

Sunil Frida

Sunil Frida is a global marketing executive with 19+ years experience driving markets for new products and services within the video and networking industries. His areas of expertise include a track record for delivering increased top line revenue growth and product line profitability, leadership of both domestic and international product and business development teams. Sunil has developed and managed businesses across the globe most recently at SEZMI, where he was general manager of their international business, which was purchased by KIT Digital. Sunil's has worked at Harmonic Inc, WorldSpace Satellite Radio and SingTel where he launched GSM mobile phones across Asia. Sunil has spoken at various events including the ANGA show in Germany, CCBN in China, Broadcast Asia in Kuala Lumpur, ABTA in Sao Paolo Brazil and Mobile Video Congress in the United States. Sunil has a EE from the Royal Melbourne Institute of technology and an MBA from the Melbourne business School, both in Australia. Sunil lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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