Arris Enterprises Inc.
), a leading video and broadband gear manufacturer, has entered
into a deal with Germany's major cable operator Unitymedia Gmbh
to deploy its Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP)
Unitymedia is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Liberty Global plc.
). At present, Unitymedia has 6.6 million video, 2.6 million
broadband, and 2.5 fixed-line telephony subscribers covering 12.6
In Oct 2012, Arris launched its innovative converged edged
router (CER) called E6000. The E6000 router acts as a powerful C4
cable modem termination system (CMTS) of the company while it can
be converted into a CCAP ecosystem.
CCAP will help the carriers to maximize bandwidth, simplify
the operational structure and evolve according to subscribers'
demand. E6000 will also integrate edge QAM legacy video
architecture and CMTS DOCSIS IP network of Arris so that cable TV
operators get a readymade integrated-IP platform.
In May 2013, Casa Systems was the first company to
commercially introduce an integrated CCAP device. The CCAP market
is highly competitive with presence of the likes of
Cisco Systems Inc.
), Harmonic Inc. and CommScope Inc. Currently, Casa Systems
commands approximately 57% of this market while Arris holds a of
Therefore, this deal boosts Arris' position in the budding
Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) equipment market.
Several analysts have estimated that the CCAP market opportunity
may reach around $1.7 billion by 2018. Currently, Arris has a
Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Deployment of E6000 CER will enable Unitymedia to deliver1
Gbps speed to its customers for enhanced broadband data and
entertainment services. Arris' CCAP equipment will also allow
Unitymedia to expand services in terms of capacity and lower
Meanwhile, in Jun 2013,
), the largest customer of Arris, started the commercial
deployment of its E6000 Converged Edged Router. Other cable TV
operators, such as Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications are
likely to follow the trend soon.
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