AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - September 8, 2006 - With the increasing consumer demand for the convenience of having services available anytime, anywhere, over any device, cable operators are transforming themselves from being "service" providers to being "experience" providers. The Cisco® Wideband solution helps operators optimize their networks for additional bandwidth and increased downstream speeds to deliver on this new "Connected Life" for converged entertainment, communications and the Internet.
Trials of the Cisco Wideband solution are underway throughout Europe as high-definition television (HDTV) and advanced interactive services such as video-on-demand (VOD) continue to grow in popularity and put increasing critical demands on cable operators' networks. Wideband technology enables significantly increased throughput, delivering up to 1 Gigabits per second (1 Gbps) broadband speeds to consumers and businesses over existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC) networks.
At IBC 2006, Europe's largest cable operator, UPC Broadband, is demonstrating the potential of the Cisco Wideband solution to deliver both high-definition video services to the television and download speeds of 120 Mbps to the home PC through a single cable modem. "This modem configuration is able to operate at 300 Mbps. The Cisco Wideband solution gives us the capacity to offer richer and more innovative services to our subscribers," said Eric Lennon, Chief Technology Officer at UPC Broadband "With such high bandwidths available to every household, our customers will have unmatched choice and unmatched performance in home entertainment and communications services."
By taking a modular approach and incorporating traditional quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) technology, the Cisco Wideband solution more than doubles cable modem termination system (CMTS) downstream channel density and significantly reduces the cost per bit. Channel bonding - logically combining several radio frequency (RF) channels - provides cable operators with a future-flexible way to increase throughput for customers. In concert with the Cisco CMTS platform, the Scientific Atlanta® QAM and Scientific Atlanta and Linksys® wideband cable modems take advantage of multiple downstream cable channels to increase overall data throughput.
The Cisco Wideband solution consists of three primary components: Cisco uBR10012 Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) provides cable operators an upgrade path to both wideband and modular CMTS enabling a migration to Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS®) 3.0; Scientific Atlanta Continuum DVP XDQA24 Edge QAM supports up to 24 downstream QAMs; and Scientific Atlanta and Linksys Wideband Cable Modems providing 3-Channel or 8-Channel options to give cable operators greater flexibility in wideband deployments.
UPC Broadband (UPC) is a leading provider of television, broadband Internet and telephone services, active in 11 countries in Europe and a division of Liberty Global, Inc. UPC Broadband serves 9 million television customers, 2 million broadband internet customers and 1 million telephony customers.
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