As the cable TV and broadband experience in China goes through an upgrade, government officials are looking to standardize the underlying architecture so that operators not only can offer a reliable, high quality TV and Internet experience but also accelerate deployment of services for cable devices.
This initiative, known as Next Generation Broadband, or NGB, is driving the convergence of networks in China to accelerate so-called “triple play” services of voice, video and data that are bundled for consumers.
Broadcom is taking the same DOCSIS cable standard that is behind all cable networks in the United States and applying it to Chinese networks in a standard called C-DOCSIS. The standard, which was recently certified by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, or SARFT, promises to bring interoperability and quality of service to cable TV and broadband. The certification also allows cable operators to accelerate deployments throughout the country.
Today at the ICTC show, a leading cable conference being held in Hangzhou, Broadcom is showcasing the technology that features C-DOCSIS, called DOCSIS-based Ethernet over Coax (EoC). It is a complete chipset and software cable architecture solution that includes Coax Media Converter (CMC), DOCSIS 2.0 and 3.0 cable modem, and set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions. Broadcom’s solution leverages its latest family of 10G EPON Optical Line Terminal (OLT) products in addition to Broadcom’s family of GPON chipsets as well as employing DOCSIS technology as part of a customized “final 100 meter’ solution.
With more than 1.8 million cable TV subscribers, Wasu, the largest cable operator in Hangzhou, is already upgrading networks and bringing new, advanced triple play services to its subscribers.
An innovative architecture that not only powers the technologies of today but also sets the stage for the advanced services of tomorrow, C-DOCSIS can change consumer behaviors and experiences. With Broadcom technology, consumers around the globe are all being ushered into a 21st century communications experience.
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