Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC - Analyst Report), the second largest cable TV operator in the U.S. has started deploying Cable Converged Access Platforms (CCAP) to support the growing demand for its data services. The company is utilizing C100G Cable Modem Termination System of Casa Systems Inc. and E6000 Converged Edge Router of Arris Enterprises Inc. (ARRS - Analyst Report) as its CCAP infrastructure. Time Warner Cable currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
The CCAP technology will help carriers to maximize bandwidth, simplify the operational structure and evolve according to subscribers’ demand. In May 2013, Casa Systems was the first company to commercially introduce an integrated CCAP device. In Oct 2012, Arris unveiled its innovative converged edged router called E6000. The E6000 router acts as a powerful C4 cable modem termination system (CMTS) of the company while it can be converted into a CCAP.
E6000 will integrate edge QAM legacy video architecture and CMTS DOCSIS IP network of Arris so that cable TV operators get a convenient integrated-IP platform. This will eliminate the need for a separate edge QAM device at the cable TV operators’ end.
Meanwhile, in Jun 2013, Arris declared that Comcast Corp. (CMCSA - Analyst Report), the largest cable MSO in the U.S., has started commercially deploying its E6000 Converged Edged Router. The CCAP market is highly competitive with incumbents like Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO - Analyst Report), Harmonic Inc. and CommScope Inc. According to a report by Infonetics Research Inc, Cisco held 50% of the CMTS market share, while Arris and Casa had 42% and 8%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2013.