Virgin Media picks Motorola’s I-CMTS platform

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 8:50am
Mike Robuck

Score a win for Motorola and its integrated cable modem termination system platform. Virgin Media said today that it’s using Motorola’s I-CMTS system to deliver faster DOCSIS 3.0-enabled data speeds to its customers.

Virgin Media is using DOCSIS 3.0 to deliver downstream data speeds of up to 50 Mbps, and it’s the first service provider in the United Kingdom to deliver channel-bonded, wideband services to its customers.

By bonding channels, Virgin Media can scale its downstream speed up to 200 Mbps. Motorola and Virgin Media didn’t say what the upstream speeds were, but Comcast’s 50 Mbps tier has an upstream speed of 10 Mbps.

Virgin Media, the second-largest service provider in the U.K., picked Motorola’s BSR 64000 I-CMTS platform with TX32 decoupled downstream modules to support the faster speeds and take advantage of next-generation cable broadband standards such as DOCSIS 3.0 and channel bonding. 

“We are delighted to be selected by Virgin Media as it rolls out DOCSIS 3.0-based services, and we look forward to working closely as we head toward the reality of the 200 Mbps home,” said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager for Motorola Home & Networks Mobility EMEA & Asia Pacific.

Motorola also announced at the Anga Cable show in Cologne, Germany, that its new cable headend offering for the European market is now available.

Motorola said the new headend platform, which includes new software and hardware, was developed to meet the increasing demand for high-definition content.

The platform features full integration with Skyline’s DataMiner and support for the DVB SimulCrypt Conditional Access standard. Other elements include:

  • APEX1000 – a high-density edge QAM that supports SimulCrypt-compliant conditional access
  • REM1000 – a Redundant Edge Matrix delivering optimized system availability via APEX1000 redundancy
  • New CAP1000 2.0 – CherryPicker Application platform with MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 rate shaping

Also at the ANGA show, Motorola said that Telia Stofa, part of the TeliaSonera telecommunications group, picked its SB6120e Surfboard EuroDOCSIS 3.0 cable modem to provide ultra-broadband, high-bandwidth data and multimedia services to customers throughout Denmark.

“As the Danish broadband market grows increasingly competitive, we wanted to give our customers access to the fastest broadband experiences possible while protecting service levels and minimizing costs,” said Kaj Skov, CTO of Telia Stofa.

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