Cisco launches 10Gbps cable broadband platform

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 07 May 2015

Cisco has launched the cBR-8, an evolved Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) built to support the tsunami of online video and data services coming down the pike with 10Gbps throughput.

Broadband operators can use it to implement full DOCSIS 3.1 capabilities, and it scales from today's 1Gbps speeds to 10Gbps by eliminating the need for multiple system rewiring.

"Comcast Xfinity continues to deliver the fastest Internet speeds available to give consumers an industry-leading experience at home," said Kevin McElearney, senior vice president, Comcast Cable. "Platforms like Cisco's cBR-8 will provide next-generation speed and capacity, enabling converged cable access architecture for multi-Gigabit services, increased scalability and improved operational efficiency to keep up with the unprecedented growth of broadband and IP video traffic."

The cBR-8 integrates the previously standalone functions required in a cable hub. It offers distributed CCAP, full spectrum video convergence and software defined networking (SDN).

Cisco said that the 'hub-in-a-box' solution enables cable operators to achieve savings that could exceed 40% of capital and operating expenses over five years, compared to other CCAP platforms.

"After years of working directly with major cable operators around the globe to develop this leapfrog CCAP technology, the inherent business value the cBR-8 delivers truly sets this product apart," said Brett Wingo, vice president and general manager for the Service Provider Infrastructure Group at Cisco. "Implementing cBR-8 into the network will allow our customers to scale to full DOCSIS 3.1 and converged video services, reducing both CapEx and OpEx costs, while keeping the cable network competitive and cost-effective for the next decade."