Arris Group, a global player in entertainment and communications solutions, has announced its E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) has reached General Availability (GA). Continuing the legacy of the C4 Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), the E6000 CER delivers new levels of density and cost-effectiveness in a simple, robust integrated architecture that has the capability to realise the vision of CCAP—the convergence of high-speed data, voice, and video service delivery from a single connector.
Achievement of this key milestone reflects the successful completion of the multi-phased E6000 CER customer trial program, which included several operator locations and tens of thousands of live subscribers. Arris has also finalised its manufacturing ramp process for the E6000 CER.
“We’re excited to declare the General Availability of the E6000 CER,” said Bruce McClelland, President, Network & Cloud Global Services, Arris. “Operators today are benefitting from the unrivaled efficiencies of the E6000 CER – in rack space, power consumption, cooling, advanced services and new applications.”
The E6000 CER represents a new standard of density in terms of service groups and channels per unit of rack space. It also provides superior efficiency in power consumption and cooling per channel, all with a fully redundant and fully integrated design that has no single point of failure. While the E6000 CER functions today as an ultra-dense high availability CMTS, Arris also successfully demonstrated the E6000 delivering converged services — simultaneously delivering high-speed data and MPEG video traffic on a single F connector — with hitless RF fail over capability at the NCTA Cable Show 2013.
“The E6000 CER software is based on that of the C4 CMTS, which enables seamless deployments,” said McClelland, “Cable operators who deploy IPv6 with the E6000 will benefit from years of operational IPv6 experience gained with the C4 CMTS and from an unprecedented level of service group and channel density, both upstream and downstream.”
In addition, the E6000 CER employs an integrated architecture for fast, easy installation and a lifetime of OpEx savings when compared to more complex modular platforms. Because the E6000 CER active components can be upgraded via software to stay current with changing service demands without new hardware each time, service providers now have increased flexibility to customise channel allocation without service interruptions and physically re-cabling the headend.