The ARRIS E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) is the leading Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP). It offers cable service providers significant improvements in channel capacity, energy efficiency, and cost savings. It has a redundant and integrated design, specifically created for high reliability.
This innovative design allows for the integration of all services (video, high-speed data, and voice) into a single physical connector. This results in reduced capital and operational costs, as well as improved operational efficiency. Advancements in the platform enable operators to provide greater bandwidth to their subscribers using additional access technologies and architectures.
Service providers are currently dealing with various factors that require increased bandwidth and the adoption of access technologies facilitated by the E6000 CER:
1. The demand for high-speed broadband data services is rapidly growing for residential and commercial purposes.
2. MPEG video services are being consolidated onto the CCAP platform as aging Edge QAM products are replaced.
3. Migration to IP video distribution services is taking place.
The E6000 CER offers a managed approach to support this evolution. It provides a combination of software-based upgrades to existing modules and new modules, enabling higher densities and additional access technologies. The E6000 CER supports multiple deployment architectures and technologies, including:
1. Integrated CCAP (I-CCAP) for traditional Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) networks.
2. Remote PHY Distributed Access Architecture.
3. 10G EPON Optical Line Terminal (OLT) support for Fiber to the X (FTTX).
The second generation modules of the E6000 (DCAM-2, UCAM-2, RSM-2, and EPFM) offer increased service group density and higher throughput:
1. They significantly enhance the service group density compared to the first generation E6000 modules.
2. They support a Pay-as-you-Grow model by increasing channel density per service group, utilizing DOCSIS 3.0 Single Carrier QAM (SC-QAM), DOCSIS 3.1 OFDM, and video licenses.
For service groups where providers plan to deploy or migrate to FTTX, the E6000 CER can combine the 10G EPON Fiber Module (10G EPFM) and the RSM-2. This combination supports non-blocked 10G EPON ports based on XFP technology. The 10G EPFM leverages existing E6000 features and DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) version 2.0, ensuring compatibility with providers’ DOCSIS-based back-office provisioning and tools.