When is the Right Time for Cable Operators to Migrate from DOCSIS 3.0 to CCAP

By Shawn Grennan, Vice President of Sales

Broadband cable operators are at a crossroad and asking themselves a very important question about the evolution of their network—

Do we aggressively move to CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform)


do we stick with DOCIS 3.0 and try to make the most out of our current infrastructure?

This is a difficult question to answer because during any technical transition, operators are often stuck in the middle between two different paths:

→        One requires significant capital investment but is full of seemingly limitless opportunity

→       The other requires a legacy infrastructure support solution but will allow for continued revenues    without substantial expenditures

A Systematic Approach to Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) Deployment

CCAP is a high-density system that combines CMTS functions and edge QAM in the cable headend. CCAP allows operators to align node management with usage growth.

But if you want this efficiency, it’s going to cost you a lot of money and require significant resources to deploy.

For this reason, most cable operators have chosen to implement a more systematic migration strategy as they move the network from DOCSIS 3.0 to CCAP.

Key markets are selected for CCAP preparation and deployment and existing DOCSIS 3.0 infrastructure is decommissioned, reconfigured and redeployed to other markets where CCAP is not required.

This strategy aligns revenues in specific markets with expenditures and creates a more manageable resource utilization plan.

Worldwide Supply is a Leading Global Cable Operator Market Specialist

In business since 2004, Worldwide Supply specializes in partnering with cable operators by providing CCAP network consulting and infrastructure removal, reconfiguration, redeployment and support of DOCSIS 3.0 equipment.

CCAP Customer Case Study

A U.S. national Tier 1 cable operator worked with our team of engineers and technicians to oversee and implement its CCAP preparation.

Worldwide Supply conducted on-site visits to 150 locations nationwide over a period of three years in order to:

  • Remove CMTS, Video, and Core Routing inventory
  • Reconfigure CMTS and Core Routing
  • Redeploy CMTS
  • Monetize DOCIS 3.0 by reselling their surplus infrastructure and returning millions of dollars to the client

Q&A Checklist for a successful CCAP deployment

Here are five key points to consider, primarily focused on cost savings:

  1. What markets are the best candidates for CCAP?
  2. What resources are needed for CCAP deployment?
  3. How will I continue to support my legacy DOCSIS 3.0 markets?
  4. Is there an opportunity to redeploy my displaced DOCSIS 3.0 infrastructure?
  5. Is there an opportunity to monetize my displaced DOCSIS 3.0 infrastructure?

Worldwide Supply Offers CCAP Deployment Consulting and Legacy DOCSIS 3.0 Equipment Support Using Cisco and Arris CMTS

Cisco CMTS |   Arris CMTS

Clearly, the stakes are high when you take your network to a different playing field. Networking is an integral part of the data experience; problems associated with major systems upgrades can have a profoundly negative effect on your company’s bottom line.

Today, we offer a comprehensive inventory of more than 190 tested and guaranteed OEM brand name products which are shipped out daily from more than 400 locations worldwide.

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If you need 24×7 technical support, next business day hardware replacement, component repair or on site professional services after the OEM as discontinued support, we can help.

If you are considering CCAP deployment and trying to build a strategy to support your legacy DOCSIS 3.0 infrastructure, reach out to our Worldwide Supply experts.

We are prepared to offer company-specific guidance and customized recommendations to ultimately accomplish your goals by using the right OEM-brand equipment—available at significantly lower price points.

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