VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES showcases its new R-PHY development, utilising MSO’s interoperable solution to take an important step towards evolved Distributed Access Architecture.
“The interoperability of our R-PHY Node platform and the RPD Module with multiple CCAP vendors is a key strategic assumption and goal for VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES, ensuring that operators can be 100% certain of our path towards this solution,” said Bartosz Kajut, President and CEO of VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES. “In order to achieve this, VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES has been playing an active role in the Open RPD Initiative since the beginning, contributing initially with Open RPD software and later to the Advanced Test Plans at CableLabs.
Over the last few months, engineers from VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES have spent more than 2000 hours on the CableLabs R-PHY ATP interoperability tests in Denver. Prior to that they participated in:
- workgroups defining the RPD specification
- FDX and ATP CableLabs working groups
- contributing a substantial part of the software for the Open RPD Initiative
In order to get the most from ATP and Open RPD, VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES developed its own implementation of the Reference CCAP Core Simulator, which has been demonstrated at the US-based interops and Excentis DOCSIS 3.1 and the Remote PHY interoperability event in Ghent, Belgium.
The Open RPD initiative is significant insofar as developing a future-proof vehicle related to a code proof-ofconcept for MSOs and vendors who share a common goal in ensuring an interoperable solution. The increasing demands for broadband require MSOs to continue upgrading their networks. The cable industry in Europe shows a significant interest in the area of R-PHY. The end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 will be devoted to the field trials, with the main challenge being the interoperability requirements between R-PHY and the CCAP core. Finally, understanding all above, VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES aims to build a suitable laboratory environment that will allow the replication and solution of our biggest challenges in R-PHY implementation, such as legacy OOB systems.