Armstrong Cable hooks up with Motorola on DOCSIS 3.0

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 7:25am
Mike Robuck

Armstrong Cable is gearing up for DOCSIS 3.0 speeds by using Motorola’s technology.

Armstrong, the nation’s 14th-largest MSO, is deploying Motorola’s BSR 64000 TX32 decoupled downstream module across its broadband infrastructure. By adding TX32 modules directly into the Motorola BSR 64000, Armstrong is able to deliver an additional 64 QAM channels out of an existing chassis. The benefits to Armstrong include the quadrupling of downstream capacity and channel bonding services while utilizing existing hardware investments.

"We have been working with Motorola’s TX32 solution for several months with great success,” said Michael Giobbi, chief technology officer at Armstrong. “The Motorola TX32 enables us to rapidly deploy downstream channel bonding services, but also increases network efficiency by dynamically balancing traffic across TX32 and existing DOCSIS 2.0 2:8 CMTS modules. We are now in a position to offer higher-tiered broadband services while dramatically reducing our cost of deployment.”

Armstrong has cable systems in Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. According to Motorola, its platform allowed Armstrong to double its fastest Internet speeds, but there was no additional information on how fast the new services are.

"Armstrong serves as a great example of how Motorola customers are benefiting from the combination of our high-density downstream and DOCSIS 3.0 solutions that are cost-conscious and easy to deploy,” said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president of Motorola Home & Network Mobility. “By transitioning to a DOCSIS 3.0 downstream channel bonding environment, Armstrong is leveraging our unique ability to enable a seamless migration to a high-capacity DOCSIS 3.0 network and our commitment to protect their existing investment, while lowering overall cost of deploying additional capacity into their network.”

In other Motorola news, Cable Digital News reported that yesterday Motorola announced the sale of its European cable modem business to Taiwan-based Compal Electronics.

Financial terms weren’t available.

News of the sale comes amid speculation that Motorola is trying to sell its Home & Network Mobility division for around $4.5 billion. After the sale of the European cable modem business, some analysts speculated that Motorola might be selling off pieces of the Home & Network Mobility division piecemeal instead of all of it at once.

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