CCAP – it’s ON. Gigabit Services with all-IP Convergence, No Forklift Upgrade Required
It’s IBC time, which for me means it’s time to check in on what’s happening in Europe. Particularly as it relates to CCAP -- the Converged Cable Access Platform.
CCAP is a way Cable Operators can substantially expand downstream and upstream capacity, while lowering operational costs (by as much as 60%) and creating a sure path to converged video and data services running on IP.
Here at Cisco, we’re big on CCAP, obviously -- both integrated and modular. I’m glad to report that several European Cable Operators are engaged with us on CCAP implementations. No, I can’t say who they are just yet, but I can say that they are responding to the same kinds of market drivers that are driving the need for CCAP in the U.S. These include sustained growth of 50% or more per year in consumer broadband consumption; the need to stay competitive in a world where 100 Mbps connections are commonplace; and the need to support multi-screen video – and all of these are impacting European Operators today.
What do Cable Operators in Europe want from CCAP? The list will likely look familiar. They want to offer broadband speeds above competitors and they want a super-dense configuration for it. They want a kit that uses less power and less rack space. Many want CCAP as a way to converge DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Spec) and digital video traffic to reduce operational costs and to minimize space and power, others want it just for the capacity bump (for now.). Many are already looking at how to manage the transition of access capacity from digital video to DOCSIS using CCAP, as more video is delivered to multiple screens over IP.
Our CCAP value proposition is very simple: Investment protection for Cable Operators that have already deployed with us. Cable Operators can double their capacity to offer Gigabit services, and migrate all data and video services to all-IP on their existing platform.. With a 60% CMTS market share and a huge installed base of our uBR10K router throughout Europe, we know the importance of investment protection. We know because our customers routinely tell us that a “forklift upgrade” is not in the cards.
Perhaps this is obvious, perhaps not: The “forklift upgrade” exacerbates cost structures well beyond just the cost of the new gear. It means teaching engineers and operations employees about the new box. It means dealing with the inevitable glitches that occur whenever something new goes in. It means errors, which impact service level agreements (SLAs.)
So – please come find me and my colleagues in Amsterdam. We can talk about ways to get to a CCAP environment, without ripping out your existing gear, and with a doubling of capacity and density. I hope to see you there.