SCTE: ARRIS launches new converged cable MSO router

Michelle Clancy | 19-10-2012

ARRIS has expanded its cable edge portfolio to include the E6000 Converged Edge Router.

The router will be on display along with ARRIS C4 and C4c CMTS platforms and its media services platform (MSP) 2802 at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, taking place 17-19 October in Orlando.

The CCAP-capable E6000 CER is a follow-on to the C4 CMTS technology, which has been shipping for more than 10 years. The new product improves density and cost-effectiveness in an integrated architecture, ARRIS said.

"We've been working with the major cable operators and CableLabs for over three years on the CCAP specifications and vision, and believe that now is the time to introduce the increased capabilities of the E6000," said Bruce McClelland, ARRIS president of products and services. "We have taken our CMTS and video processing experience and extended its hallmarks of reliability and availability into higher density applications which meet our customers' near-term broadband distribution needs."

Operators can mix and match ARRIS cable edge products to create the optimum network configuration for their own service needs. All elements of the E6000 CER are redundant, either N+1 or 1+1, and all are hot-swappable. Designed for 99.999% system availability, the E6000 CER has a self-healing architecture that maintains system services without interruption, ARRIS added.

"ARRIS has been a strong contributor to the development of next-generation access platforms such as CCAP, and we are excited to help them bring this to market," said Sam Chernak, senior vice president of access technology for Comcast Cable. "They have been a technology partner for many years, and we look forward to continuing this with the CCAP platform."