Back in the cable modem termination system (CMTS) lab a couple of weeks ago I had several colleagues wandering around with video cameras capturing conversations and lab shots throughout the day. Above is a snippet of Kevin Sullivan, senior director of engineering at Motorola, talking about integrated CMTS versus modular CMTS. (Amateur editing done on my computer…) The gist is that operators are going to choose different paths along the way to DOCSIS 3.0 capabilities, and Motorola can help them whatever path they choose. There’s more detail in the clip on what equipment each path entails.
Adding on to Kevin Sullivan’s point, Motorola has found that in the short term operators want to get to downstream channel bonding (the highest-priority DOCSIS 3.0 feature) without necessarily buying all new hardware. In other words, modular CMTS is generally not a short-term priority as long as operators can get downstream channel bonding on existing integrated CMTS… like the Motorola BSR 64000.