The Belgian cable operator VOO is deploying the Cisco cBR-8 converged cable access platform (CCAP) to give its residential and business customers faster broadband services using DOCSIS 3.1 and, later, Full Duplex DOCSIS. This will help the company increase its cable network capacity to support the demand for more Internet video and the growth of connected devices. Dimension Data Belgium has been enlisted to stage, configure, install and maintain the Cisco cBR-8 for VOO.
CableLabs is working on ways to evolve the DOCSIS 3.1 specification with new features. The cable industry research and development lab recently unveiled the vision for ‘Full Duplex DOCSIS’ technology, which will deliver up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) upstream and downstream using the same spectrum at the same time, doubling efficiency and capacity.
According to Tamara Leemans, CTO at VOO: “With the advent of new technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1 and future technologies such as Full Duplex DOCSIS, cable can successfully compete against fiber-to-the-home deployments and allow us to offer our consumer and business customers superior services at the speeds they require. “Cisco is well-aligned with our vision for the future and is helping us lay the groundwork with the right technology that will take us there.”
Yves Padrines, Vice President, Global Service Provider EMEAR at Cisco, adds: “Our cBR-8 is DOCSIS 3.1 ready, and is openly designed to support new features such as Full Duplex DOCSIS that will allow operators like VOO to offer equal speeds in upstream and downstream.”