How VCMTS Paves The Way For 5G Over DOCSIS (2021)

By Brendan Ryan, Ed Dylag, Thushara Hewavithana & Eric Heaton, Intel Corporation

This paper will focus on infrastructure and architecture convergence and specifically, how the advent of 5G has created a great opportunity to leverage the existing DOCSIS network for two key purposes:

  • Xhaul of 5G small-cell traffic over DOCSIS
  • Fixed mobile convergence (FMC) using the Cable access network

It will be shown how the flexibility of a software-based vCMTS makes it much easier to adapt the Cable access network for these new 5G use-cases and to evolve over time. This paper will explore the rationale outlined above as to why Cable MSOs should prioritize vCMTS deployment in preparation for 5G xhaul and FMC, while identifying some gaps that need to be addressed by the Cable industry to prepare for 5G mobile convergence.

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