CableLabs® Certifies 7 More DOCSIS™ 1.1 Modems, Continuing Cable Data Advances
Total of Nine 1.1 Modems Certified to Date
Louisville, Colorado, December 20, 2001—The cable industry has certified seven more DOCSIS™ 1.1 high-speed cable modems, adding to the industry�s family of interoperable high-speed devices.
The companies receiving DOCSIS 1.1 certification status in the latest wave of testing are Ambit, Arris, Ericsson, Scientific-Atlanta, and Tellabs. Toshiba received certification for one new cable modem and re-certification for its previously certified modem. Texas Instruments received certification for a new cable modem. DOCSIS stands for Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification.
The 1.1 modems are compatible with existing DOCSIS 1.0 equipment and will work on cable systems alongside modems that will be certified under future versions of DOCSIS. There are now a total of nine DOCSIS 1.1 modems certified, and two cable modem termination systems that were qualified earlier this year.
Strategically, DOCSIS 1.1 opens a technological doorway to augmented revenue streams for cable providers. It does so by enabling the existence of high-speed Internet service tiers, via techniques known as data fragmentation and quality of service (QoS). Those two techniques allow cable providers to deliver high-speed Internet services simultaneously over the same plant—and in a path parallel to—core video services.
And, perhaps most importantly, equipment built to comply with the DOCSIS 1.1 specification becomes the foundation for expanding the list of advanced cable services offered by cable providers, including home networking through the CableLabs CableHome™ project, and packet telephony and multimedia services through the CableLabs PacketCable™ project. Overall, DOCSIS 1.1 enables cable operators to deliver twice the level of functionality while reducing operating costs by half.
To date, 193 DOCSIS 1.0 modems have received certification status and 26 CMTS have been qualified by CableLabs. In this wave, twelve cable modems from the following companies achieved certification or re-certification, in some cases for new products: 3Com, Ambit, Cisco Systems, D-Link, Hitron, Motorola, Panasonic, Scientific-Atlanta, Thomson Multimedia, and Toshiba. Two new CMTSs achieved DOCSIS 1.0 qualification. These are new products from Cisco Systems and Pacific Broadband.
Rouzbeh Yassini, executive consultant to CableLabs and leader of the cable modem initiative at CableLabs, said that the results of certification wave number 20 magnifies that the cable modem certification strategy continues to help the Broadband industry�s advance. �The cable industry has set the bar high in its commitment to high quality for consumer products. This modem program also continues to shine as a vehicle for helping get product to market in a remarkable timeframe and in good working order,� said Yassini, who also is CEO of YAS Broadband Ventures.
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