Cisco partners with CableLabs on IPTV Innovations Lab

Michelle Clancy | 04-03-2014

Cisco has announced that it is providing CableLabs with core infrastructure and Videoscape components for a new IPTV Innovations Laboratory.

Based in Louisville, the new lab is designed to provide cable system operator members with a state-of-the-art location for IP video testing. The new IPTV Innovations Lab will help service providers further develop and explore the business advantages for IP video and experiment with the innovative technologies that are advancing multiscreen and cloud-enabled user experiences.

"IP is fast extending to all services, all devices," said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager for Service Provider Video Infrastructure at Cisco. "Convergence onto a common IP platform for all services drives operational savings, flexibility and improves service velocity."

Cisco will provide CableLabs with the core IP infrastructure for the all-IP solutions testing at the facility, including routing equipment, switching, cable modem termination systems (CMTS), RF Gateway-10 (RFGW-10) universal edge quadrature amplitude modulator (U-EQAM), Unified Computing Systems (UCS), storage networks, and a variety of Videoscape components.

CableLabs operates a high capacity multi-gigabyte pipe between Louisville, Colorado, and its Sunnyvale, California, location to extend the capabilities of the IPTV Innovations Lab and share VPN capabilities. CableLabs will establish a proof of concept (PoC) to support this and other research and development (R&D) projects at both CableLabs' locations extending Cisco's CMTS technologies with Cisco's latest Remote Physical Interface (PHY) innovations.

CableLabs plans to use these capabilities to test multi-vendor integration between components of an all-IP infrastructure, test CableLabs specifications in a controlled multi-vendor environment, and test the reliability and efficiency of all-IP video delivery under varying impairments.

Additional CableLabs initiatives include the support of client-side application development on an all-IP platform, and the creation of specifications to facilitate the migration of MSOs to all-IP.

IP video is one of several initiatives being driven by MSOs to develop and advance new standards for the cable industry. Cisco predicts that global IP traffic (fixed and mobile) will grow three-fold from 2012 to 2017. Consumer mobile connected devices will grow to 7.7 billion in 2017 (up from 5.8 billion in 2012.)

"CableLabs has committed to cultivate an innovation pipeline with a three year planning horizon," said Tom Lookabough, chief R&D officer at CableLabs. "This new IPTV Innovations Lab delivers on that commitment while helping our service provider members and technology suppliers refine their focus, improve overall time to market of new products and services, and share best practices."