Arris Delivers DOCSIS 1.0-Qualified, Advanced-Performance Carrier-Grade Cable Modem Termination System

CMTS 1500 Provides Simple Migration Path to DOCSIS 1.1



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Arris Interactive L.L.C.

    SUWANEE, Ga., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Arris Interactive L.L.C.,
 a Nortel Networks/ANTEC (Nasdaq:   ANTC) joint venture and leader in the cable
 telephony market, today announced the DOCSIS(TM) 1.0 qualification of the
 Arris CMTS 1500 Cable Modem Termination System.  The CMTS 1500 has been
 submitted for DOCSIS 1.1 qualification in the upcoming wave and is DOCSIS 1.1
 software upgradeable.
     This advanced-performance, carrier-grade CMTS passed DOCSIS 1.0
 qualifications in its first submission.  The Arris CMTS 1500 provides small
 and medium operators with feature-rich performance, reliability, small
 footprint and easy-to-provision operations when integrated with the Arris
 Cable Provisioning System.  Larger operators can employ the Cornerstone IP
 Access System, which incorporates the CMTS 1500 with a carrier-class layer
 3 switch and downstream 4:1 redundancy to provide large-scale deployment of
 high-speed data and Voice-over-IP features.
     The Arris CMTS 1500 has completed successful field trials in parallel with
 its DOCSIS 1.0 submission and will begin volume shipments in April 2001.
 Operators can now deploy a carrier-grade CMTS with a simple software migration
 path to DOCSIS 1.1, thus avoiding costly hardware retrofits in the future.
 The CMTS 1500 exceeds DOCSIS 1.0 qualification requirements with many DOCSIS
 1.1 features.  These features provide tiered services at the customer level,
 VoIP capabilities and allocation of bandwidth for voice services during the
 automatic provisioning cycle.  Enabling advanced services with carrier-grade
 solutions benefits the service provider by increasing revenue opportunities
 and customer satisfaction.
     The CMTS 1500 supports high levels of network availability through
 carrier-class reliability and alarms that indicate loss of communications with
 the CPE device.  The CMTS also provides 7:1 sparing for upstream receivers and
 redundant 100 Base-T interfaces.
     "The CMTS 1500 has its origin in the highly reliable CMTS 1000 which has a
 field-proven mean-time-between-failure measurement of over 239,000 hours,"
 said Jim Lakin, President and COO, Arris Interactive.  He continued,
 "Operators need carrier-grade performance to successfully provide advanced
 services.  The CMTS 1500 not only meets these stringent reliability
 requirements, it is available now.  That means operators can get a head start
 on their competition in winning new subscribers."
     Advanced services must meet the always-on demands of subscribers to
 maintain customer satisfaction.  In addition to the system's high reliability,
 the impact of upstream interference is effectively eliminated through the use
 of the CMTS 1500's unique Intelligent Channel Seek feature.  Intelligent
 Channel Seek consists of a built-in spectrum analyzer that monitors each
 channel and conducts a smart hop to a known clean channel when needed for
 ingress avoidance.  CMTS 1500 also provides increased access security though
 its anti-spoofing capability.
     Arris CMTS are tested against popular modems in the Arris Cable Modem
 Interoperability Test (CMIT) lab to improve overall access network
 reliability.  Reports on individual cable modem and CMTS 1500 interoperability
 are provided to operators defining potential issues during installation and
 operation.  These reports enable operators to select modems that meet network
 requirements and reduce the cost of additional testing when integrated with
 the CMTS 1500.
     Arris Interactive is a joint venture formed by two industry leaders --
 Nortel Networks and ANTEC -- to develop products for delivering voice and data
 services over hybrid fiber coax networks.  Arris built on the strengths of its
 parent companies to deliver the Cornerstone(R) family, the market's leading
 cable telephony and high-speed data access systems.  Located in Suwanee,
 Georgia, Arris has over 1,600,000 working lines of Cornerstone telephony
 currently deployed with more than 45 operators in 76 cities in 15 global
 markets.  With capacity for over 12.8 million telephone or data lines already
 shipped worldwide, Arris is the clear leader in broadband local access.
 
 

SOURCE Arris Interactive L.L.C.
    SUWANEE, Ga., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Arris Interactive L.L.C.,
 a Nortel Networks/ANTEC (Nasdaq:   ANTC) joint venture and leader in the cable
 telephony market, today announced the DOCSIS(TM) 1.0 qualification of the
 Arris CMTS 1500 Cable Modem Termination System.  The CMTS 1500 has been
 submitted for DOCSIS 1.1 qualification in the upcoming wave and is DOCSIS 1.1
 software upgradeable.
     This advanced-performance, carrier-grade CMTS passed DOCSIS 1.0
 qualifications in its first submission.  The Arris CMTS 1500 provides small
 and medium operators with feature-rich performance, reliability, small
 footprint and easy-to-provision operations when integrated with the Arris
 Cable Provisioning System.  Larger operators can employ the Cornerstone IP
 Access System, which incorporates the CMTS 1500 with a carrier-class layer
 3 switch and downstream 4:1 redundancy to provide large-scale deployment of
 high-speed data and Voice-over-IP features.
     The Arris CMTS 1500 has completed successful field trials in parallel with
 its DOCSIS 1.0 submission and will begin volume shipments in April 2001.
 Operators can now deploy a carrier-grade CMTS with a simple software migration
 path to DOCSIS 1.1, thus avoiding costly hardware retrofits in the future.
 The CMTS 1500 exceeds DOCSIS 1.0 qualification requirements with many DOCSIS
 1.1 features.  These features provide tiered services at the customer level,
 VoIP capabilities and allocation of bandwidth for voice services during the
 automatic provisioning cycle.  Enabling advanced services with carrier-grade
 solutions benefits the service provider by increasing revenue opportunities
 and customer satisfaction.
     The CMTS 1500 supports high levels of network availability through
 carrier-class reliability and alarms that indicate loss of communications with
 the CPE device.  The CMTS also provides 7:1 sparing for upstream receivers and
 redundant 100 Base-T interfaces.
     "The CMTS 1500 has its origin in the highly reliable CMTS 1000 which has a
 field-proven mean-time-between-failure measurement of over 239,000 hours,"
 said Jim Lakin, President and COO, Arris Interactive.  He continued,
 "Operators need carrier-grade performance to successfully provide advanced
 services.  The CMTS 1500 not only meets these stringent reliability
 requirements, it is available now.  That means operators can get a head start
 on their competition in winning new subscribers."
     Advanced services must meet the always-on demands of subscribers to
 maintain customer satisfaction.  In addition to the system's high reliability,
 the impact of upstream interference is effectively eliminated through the use
 of the CMTS 1500's unique Intelligent Channel Seek feature.  Intelligent
 Channel Seek consists of a built-in spectrum analyzer that monitors each
 channel and conducts a smart hop to a known clean channel when needed for
 ingress avoidance.  CMTS 1500 also provides increased access security though
 its anti-spoofing capability.
     Arris CMTS are tested against popular modems in the Arris Cable Modem
 Interoperability Test (CMIT) lab to improve overall access network
 reliability.  Reports on individual cable modem and CMTS 1500 interoperability
 are provided to operators defining potential issues during installation and
 operation.  These reports enable operators to select modems that meet network
 requirements and reduce the cost of additional testing when integrated with
 the CMTS 1500.
     Arris Interactive is a joint venture formed by two industry leaders --
 Nortel Networks and ANTEC -- to develop products for delivering voice and data
 services over hybrid fiber coax networks.  Arris built on the strengths of its
 parent companies to deliver the Cornerstone(R) family, the market's leading
 cable telephony and high-speed data access systems.  Located in Suwanee,
 Georgia, Arris has over 1,600,000 working lines of Cornerstone telephony
 currently deployed with more than 45 operators in 76 cities in 15 global
 markets.  With capacity for over 12.8 million telephone or data lines already
 shipped worldwide, Arris is the clear leader in broadband local access.
 
 SOURCE  Arris Interactive L.L.C.