Arris unveils converged edge router
Arris Group has introduced a new converged routing platform that conforms to the CCAP specification, which creates an architectural path toward eventual all-IP transmission in cable networks.
Arris’ new E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) leverages the company’s experience with its C4 line of cable modem termination systems (CMTSs). Like the C4 CMTS, the E6000 supports a fully redundant design with no single point of failure, hitless fail-over and hot-swapping of cards, and field deployment-ready IPv6.
All elements of the E6000 CER are redundant, either N+1 or 1+1, and all are hot-swappable. Designed for five nines (99.999 percent) system availability, the E6000 CER has a self-healing architecture that maintains system services without interruption, the company said.
Operators can mix and match Arris cable edge products to create the optimum network configuration for deploying tomorrow’s services with today’s hardware. This flexibility in combining elements from the Arris portfolio helps cable operators prepare for CCAP, maximize bandwidth, and yet simplify operations, Arris claimed.
“We’ve been working with the major cable operators and CableLabs for over three years on the CCAP specifications and vision and believe that now is the time to introduce the increased capabilities of the E6000,” said Bruce McClelland, Arris’ president of products and services. “We have taken our CMTS and video processing experience and extended its hallmarks of reliability and availability into higher-density applications, which meet our customers’ near-term broadband distribution needs.”
The E6000 will be on display, along with Arris C4 and C4c CMTS platforms and the Media Services Platform (MSP), at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando this week.