Arris, Incognito team on IPv6 interoperability
The program enables customer premise equipment (CPE) and cable modem termination system (CMTS) vendors to test the provisioning of their products in a multi-vendor, IPv6 environment.
Along with upstream and downstream channel bonding, IPv6 is a key component of the DOCSIS 3.0 suite. As large cable operators add more IP set-top boxes and mobile services onto their networks, the current number of IP addresses has diminished.
According to Incognito, the need for its interoperability program is underscored by the fact that the provisioning of DOCSIS 3.0 compliant equipment differs significantly from DOCSIS 1.x and 2.x equipment, as DOCSIS 3.0 relies on IPv6 addressing and DHCPv6 auto-configuration.
“It is critical to the mutual success of operators and suppliers in the DOCSIS 3.0 open standards environment to establish and maintain these types of interoperability relationships,” said Arris senior director of business development Jeff Brooks, in a prepared statement. “They not only ensure basic operation but have the potential to accelerate network transition and subscriber deployments.”
Hosted at the Incognito software head office in Vancouver, B.C., this program brings hardware vendors together into an integrated interoperability testing environment where testing and verification are continually performed. Device provisioning within the lab will be accomplished through the Incognito Software Broadband Command Center provisioning system, which currently activates millions of cable modems and MTAs within all major CMTS vendor environments worldwide.
“Our goal in establishing this interop is to have this advance work within the interoperability and testing sphere reflect well on the industry as together we roll out multi-vendor solutions to take advantage of the new capabilities afforded by these standards,” said Incognito co-founder and CTO Stephane Bourque, in a press release.