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Motorola, Juniper team on modular CMTS project

Sun, 11/13/2005 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Motorola and Juniper Networks have agreed to jointly develop a modular cable modem termination system (CMTS), a key ingredient of the emerging DOCSIS 3.0 specification.

The modular CMTS, or M-CMTS, was spawned from the Next Generation Network Architecture (NGNA), a project originally headed up by Comcast Cable, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. That project was later handed off to CableLabs, which incorporated elements of NGNA into existing and new projects such as DOCSIS 3.0, a spec that will use channel bonding techniques to offer data speeds in excess of 100 Mbps.

A key goal of the M-CMTS is to enable the cable network to share edge QAM resources for video-on-demand and DOCSIS-based services and applications.

Motorola and Juniper said their resulting work will target converged IP-based data, voice, video and on-demand services, as well as solid network security, policy management tools, and help with a migration to IPv6.

"As we aggressively move to offer consumers unified services over our advanced platform, products like the new M-CMTS will help us maintain our competitive edge," said Time Warner Cable SVP, Advanced Engineering and Technology Mike Hayashi, in a release.

"Juniper Networks and Motorola are each leaders in their respective fields, so we are encouraged to see that they are collaborating on M-CMTS technology and look forward to seeing the results of their teamwork," added Comcast EVP and CTO David Fellows.

Motorola already markets a line of CMTSs, including the BSR 64000, its flagship, chassis-based model. Juniper, meanwhile, is a leading supplier of routing and IPv6 technology.

For Juniper, the collaboration with Motorola marks its re-entry into the CMTS sector. In August 2003, Juniper opted to discontinue its G-series CMTS (obtained via a deal with a startup called Pacific Broadband) and to form a deal with rival CMTS maker ARRIS.

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