Cisco’s new CCAP is a ‘hub-in-a-box’

Created May 13, 2015
Technologies and Products

Claimed as the industry’s first Evolved Converged Access Platform (CCAP), the Cisco cBR-8 means that 10 Gbps Internet access has become a reality. Offering broadband operators full DOCSIS 3.1 capabilities and 10 times the speed and capacity of any existing product, the cBR-8 cost-effectively scales from today’s 1 Gbps speeds to 10 Gbps by eliminating the need for multiple system rewiring.

The cBR-8 integrates the previously stand-alone functions required in a cable hub, delivering the industry’s first “hub-in-a-box” solution, helping to enable cable operators to achieve savings that could exceed 40% of capital and operating expenses over five years, compared to other CCAP platforms.

The cBR-8 is the cornerstone of the Cisco multi-access strategy for cable which includes PON, SP Wi-Fi, SDN manageability and cross-platform orchestration with a clearly defined path to a virtualized, cloud-based solution. For cable operators the cBR-8 is a future-proof DOCSIS platform designed to support the anticipated video and data transformation over the next decade and beyond. In addition to DOCSIS 3.1, the cBR-8 will deliver distributed CCAP, full spectrum video convergence, and software defined networking (SDN).
Using the Cisco carrier-class routing software the cBR-8 will significantly enhance service uptime and can transform the subscriber experience and has proactive support to reduce migration costs, shortening of cutover time and spped the time to market for new services.
Brett Wingo, vice president and general manager, Service Provider Infrastructure Group, Cisco says, “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.  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.”

By Kendrick Struthers Watson

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