Casa debuts downstream DOCSIS 3.1 module, the DS8x192

Casa Systems has introduced a new DOCSIS 3.1-compliant module for its Converged Cable Access Platforms (CCAP) intended to enable cable operators to support downstream broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps. 

The new DS8x192 module is designed to work with Casa's C100G and C40G CCAPs, which combine cable modem termination system (CMTS) with edge QAM. 

The new downstream module is being introduced as operators including Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) are making aggressive plans to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 network technology. Last week, a Comcast executive told FierceCable that the MSO plans to have its entire footprint covered by DOCSIS 3.1 tech as soon as 2018.

Meanwhile, the industry consortium that developed the DOCSIS 3.1 specification, CableLabs, said earlier this week that vendors are conducting "accelerated" development of DOCSIS 3.1 products. CableLabs also opened up its DOCSIS 3.1 product certification process to these vendors. 

Casa said it expects the first DOCSIS 3.1 software release on the new DS8x192 module to be ready for customer lab testing by the late third quarter.

In 2014, Casa introduced its US16x8 module that supports DOCSIS 3.1 in the upstream direction. With the addition of the new DS8x192 downstream module, Casa's CCAP now supports the entire 1.2GHz spectrum required by DOCSIS 3.1, including both the SC-QAM and OFDM channels.

"Casa Systems' new DS8x192 module is a key part of our vision to deliver ultra broadband solutions with gigabit-speeds that allow operators to offer differentiated services and innovative experiences to their customers," said Jerry Guo, CEO of Casa. "With bandwidth consumption growing exponentially, our customers need the right technology in place to support network demands now and in the future."

For more:
- read this Casa Systems press release

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