Nokia and WOW! Deploy Industry's First Virtualized Distributed Access Architecture

Nokia and WOW! today announced the cable industry’s first commercial virtualized Distributed Access Architecture (vDAA) deployment designed to significantly increase the capacity of WOW!’s existing Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial network and help meet exploding bandwidth demands of subscribers.

Traditional Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial networks – originally designed to carry broadcast analog video – are being overwhelmed by traffic from IP video, high-speed data services, cloud computing and other business applications. Facing 40-60 percent average annual compound growth in data capacity requirements, cable operators are seeking new ways to cope with the increasing bandwidth demands being placed on their Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial networks.

Nokia’s Unified Cable Access solution provides a fully distributed and virtualized access architecture that can increase the capacity of existing Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial infrastructures while simultaneously eliminating cable-specific hardware from headends and hubs, significantly reducing space and power requirements. The architecture enables Multiple System Operators to rapidly deploy new services and cost-effectively migrate their networks to a software-driven, all-IP architecture.

WOW! will deploy Nokia’s Unified Cable Access solution, including the Gainspeed Controller, Gainspeed SC-2D Access Node and Gainspeed Video Engine to support rapid network expansion. Once fully deployed, WOW! will be able to effectively eliminate the CMTS/CCAP as a physical box and replace their analog optical transmission with 10Gbps Ethernet. This network transformation will enable the company to drastically reduce operating expenses while providing the architecture needed to deliver multi-gigabit services to customers using their existing coaxial cable.

“We are excited to be partnering with an innovative cable company like WOW!,” Federico Guillén, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Business Group, said. “They were the first in the industry to see the potential of virtual DAA and are now the first to deploy it. Nokia’s vDAA approach provides cable MSOs with a cost-efficient upgrade path for their existing DOCSIS networks, delivering the added capacity required while simultaneously simplifying network operations and laying the groundwork for an all-fiber, all-IP network.”

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