CableLabs® and EuroCableLabs® Issue RFI for DOCSIS® 3.0 Devices
Louisville, Colorado, December 7, 2006—CableLabs® and EuroCableLabs® have issued a request for information (RFI) seeking product availability for devices that would comply with the Data over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS®) 3.0. DOCSIS® 3.0 enables downstream data rates up to 160 Mbps or higher and upstream data rates up to 120 Mbps or higher.
The issuance of this RFI reflects the importance that the cable television system operators throughout the world place in getting accurate product development and availability information on DOCSIS 3.0 devices from the equipment vendor community in order for the operators to establish their deployment plans for the next generation of IP-based multimedia (voice, data and video) businesses. It also reflects the commitment by cable operators to continue to build upon the highly successful DOCSIS platform with full interoperability in mind.
The RFI specifically seeks information on DOCSIS 3.0 modems, cable modem termination systems (CMTS) and PacketCable embedded multimedia terminal adapters (E-MTAs). It seeks information on what products are being developed to meet the requirements of the DOCSIS 3.0 specifications. There will be no ranking of responses nor will there be an approved supplier list resulting from the RFI.
Those cable television system operators participating in the RFI are Advance/Newhouse Communications, Armstrong, Aurora Cable TV Ltd.; Bend Broadband, Bresnan Communications, Cablevision Systems Corp., Canal Digital Kabel TV AS, Charter Communications, Cogeco Câble Inc.; Comcast, ComHem AB, Cox Communications, Essent N.V.; Insight Communications, Kabel Baden-Württemberg GmbH & Co. KG; Kabel Deutschland GmbH; Liberty Global, Inc.; Mediacom Communications Corp.; NetCologne, ntl / TeleWest, ONO, Rogers Communications, Shaw Cablesystems, StarHub, SW Television Oy/Welho, TDC Kabel TV A/S, Telenet, Time Warner Cable Inc.; TVCabo Portugal, SA, UPC Broadband, Unity Media, and Vidéotron Ltée.
EuroCableLabs is the technical center of excellence for the European cable industry. EuroCableLabs' core activities are research on emerging technologies, developing standards for cable technology, and certifying vendor equipment. EuroCableLabs is a member organization including all the leading cable operators in Europe, servicing TV, broadband Internet, and telephony services. The European cable industry services more than 64 million customers. EuroCableLabs Associate Supporters include vendors to the cable industry. EuroCableLabs has offices in Brussels (Belgium) and Braunschweig (Germany), and is part of Cable Europe, the European Cable Communications Association. More information about EuroCableLabs is available at www.eurocablelabs.com.
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