Cable Access Solutions

John Chapman Talks About DOCSIS

John Chapman discusses progress with CCAP and the future of DOCSIS. (3:33 min)

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Cable Access Solutions Converge Service

Give your subscribers what they want, when and where they want it. Cisco Cable Access networks are the end-to-end platforms that help enable the connected life, delivering converged video, voice, and data services. With a complete product portfolio of Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS), Edge QAMs and access solutions, Cisco continues to offer superior technology development, breadth of product offerings, and customer solutions.

Cisco solutions help you:

  • Benefit from industry-leading scalability in Modular (M-CMTS) or Integrated (I-CMTS) architectures
  • Converge data, video, and voice services from a single RF port
  • Protect capital expenditures (CapEx) and scale converged services on existing hardware platforms
  • Migrate networks to the next-generation Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).

Evolve Access Networks

Regardless of the mix of services that you offer, the hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network is still the most economical transport system for service providers today. Protecting that investment and helping to ensure that it scales for future growth is the focus of the Cable Access portfolio. Cisco solutions evolve to meet the growing demand through:

  • One of the broadest HFC portfolios in the industry with continued investment in products
  • Multiple architectural choices for optical transport that push fiber deeper in the network
  • Flexible, modular node and amplifier designs that support upgradeability and pay-as-you grow platforms
  • Lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) per homes passed


Cisco uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router

This proven DOCSIS 3.0, Euro-DOCSIS, and PacketCable Multimedia qualified CMTS is ideal for very high density data, voice, and video service deployments. This router supports both I-CMTS and M-CMTS architectures.

Cisco uBR7225VXR Universal Broadband Router

This CMTS is intended for emerging markets and Tier 2 and 3 cable networks. It brings the power and reliability of the Cisco uBR7246VXR within reach of all cable operators.

Edge QAM

RF Gateway 1

The Cisco RF Gateway 1 offers leading-edge density, modularity, and flexibility with support for Switched Digital Video (SVD), Video on Demand (VoD), and data on a single QAM platform. It provides up to 96 QAMs in a compact one rack-unit (RU) chassis.

RF Gateway 10

The Cisco RF Gateway 10 Universal Edge QAM (U-EQAM) device provides the scalability and high-availability features required to support escalatin channel capacity needs. It supports up to 3,840 U-EQAMs per chassis when used with the DS384 line card.


Cisco Prisma II Platform

This full-featured, high density platform is used to deliver multiple video streams along fiber, decreasing time to market and increasing opportunities for new revenue streams.

Cisco Prisma D-PON

This FTTH passive optical network (PON) solution is the ideal union of proven HFC services and the powerful, flexible, low-maintenance architecture of an all-fiber network.

Optical Nodes

Cisco 1 GHz GS7000 Node

The 1GHz node platform is designed to help broadband video network operators easily scale services for meeting customer demand. This modular, four-part node is built to be technician-friendly, and simple to configure.

Cisco 1 GHz GainMaker Nodes

Obtain the bandwidth you need to launch next-generation services with the technology available in the Cisco 1 GHz GainMaker optical node series.� It is available in dual, triple, or four-port outputs in standard and high output options.

RF Amplifiers and Line Extenders

Cisco GainMaker Line Extenders and Amplifiers

The Cisco GainMaker 1 GHz platform includes a variety of amplifiers that provide superior two-way performance and reliability and multiple forward RF outputs.

Cisco Taps and Passives

Cisco traditional-size taps offer flexibility and a modular design to easily change the board and cover. Our surge-gap taps also have the highest surge rating available today.

Cisco continues to identify industry trends and provide thought leadership on a wide variety of architectural and technological topics relevant to service providers. Below are some of our Solutions:


Increased Capacity for the Cisco Modular CCAP

Phase II of the CCAP migration path includes the launch of the Performance Routing Engine 5 (PRE-5) and the 3G Shared Port Adapter (3G SPA).

Cisco Prisma D-PON Optical Network Terminal

Learn about this FTTH option for DOCSIS-based service providers, compatible with the RF over Glass (RFoG) standard.

Cisco continues to identify industry trends and provide thought leadership on a wide variety of architectural and technological topics relevant to Service Providers. Below are several case studies, white papers, publications and other resources to assist you:

Case Studies

Transitioning to CCAP

With the help of Cisco, Cox Communications is preparing for the next-generation CableArchitecture.

Learn more about these two cable industry initiatives.

White Papers

Pluggable Optics for HFC

This white paper that takes a look at an optical RF transmitter that allows for the integration of HFC optics into next-generation CMTS platforms facilitating all-IP transmission. The report was presented at the NCTA Cable Show in March 2012.

Engineering Stable and Robust Full Spectrum Multi-Wavelength HFC Networks

This paper between Cisco and Arris covers the need for a common wavelength plan for full spectrum optical transport. It was presented at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, November 2011.

FTTH Evolution of HFC Plants

Learn the motivations and the practical considerations behind deploying a FTTH architecture in the MSO stronghold of HFC infrastructure. This paper was presented at the FTTH Conference and Expo, September 2011.

Even More on LTE Interference

Get a technical look at the issues of signal leakage and interference between LTE and CATV signals.

D-PON White Paper

Read a discussion on the technology and industry need for a FTTH system over DOCSIS platform.

Carrier-to-Noise Ratio in Cable Networks

This white paper provides a comprehensive tutorial on the subject of CNR.

Digital Transmission: Carrier-to-Noise, Signal-to-Noise, and Modulation Error Ratio

This paper offers background on several signal quality metrics applicable to CMTS and cable network operation and how they relate to overall performance.

Additional White Papers