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Survey: Operators committed to virtualising broadband networks

November 16, 2022

Dell’Oro Group, a source for market information about the telecommunications, security, networks and data centre industries, has released the results of a survey finding that 100 per cent of respondents have either deployed or are planning to deploy some form of vCMTS architecture in their networks within the next 24 months.

Of those planning to deploy within the next 13-24 months, 73 per cent define vCMTS as a remote PHY device (RPD) connected to a software-based virtual CMTS running on a server, with 20 per cent defining vCMTS as a remote MACPHY device (RMD).

The global survey – Mapping the Future of Cable Virtualization – details the current and future broadband network deployment plans of cable operators around the world. From January to March 2022 Dell’Oro Group conducted an online and telephone survey of 50 global cable operators that have broadband networks and provide residential broadband services.

“Virtualisation and DAA provide clear benefits to cable operators, especially in highly-competitive environments where throughput, signal quality, and service uptime are critical differentiators,” noted Jeff Heynen, Vice President of Broadband Access and Home Networking market research at Dell’Oro Group. “Adoption of these beneficial technologies is growing significantly.”

Additional highlights from the survey include:

  • In a sign that DAA still remains in the early stages of deployment, 66 per cent of respondents have deployed anywhere from 101-1000 DAA devices (either RPDs or RMDs) in their networks to date.
  • Hub site consolidation, DOCSIS 3.1 high-split upgrades, and capping legacy CCAP platforms are the technical drivers leading the decision to migrate to a vCMTS platform.
  • Improved subscriber experience and platform analytics are the primary business drivers behind the decision to migrate to a vCMTS platform.

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