With Eric Bautista
Welcome to the Cisco Support Community Ask the Expert conversation. This is an opportunity to get an overview of the Cisco Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) platforms and the uBR product family.
Eric Bautista is a customer support engineer at the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC.) He is responsible for supporting the Cisco uBR CMTS platforms. He has 3.5 years of experience in cable technology. Previous to his current role, Bautista supported Cisco WAN and optical technologies, including QoS and SONET/SDH.
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Is there a specific benefit that you would like information about? DOCSIS 3.0 and IPv6 on Cable are specific features on their own. You can certainly use them together but it's not necessary.
Perhaps this link will help.
CMTS stands for Cable Modem Termination System. In other words, all the Cable Modems in a specific market will eventully terminate or aggregate to a CMTS device.
CableLabs defines a CMTS as follows:
The CMTS connects the operator's back office and core network
with the HFC network. Its main function is to forward packets between
these two domains, and optionally forward packets between upstream
and downstream channels on the HFC network.
The HFC that they refer to is the Hybrid Fiber Coaxial network. Slide #12 in the presentation illustrates this.
The Cisco Wideband SPA is only supported in the uBR10k platform.
The Cisco Wideband SPA is a single-wide, half-height shared port adapter that provides DOCSIS Network formatting to downstream data packets. The Cisco Wideband SPA is used for downstream data traffic only and is a key component for the DOCSIS 3.0 Downstream Channel Bonding and DOCSIS M-CMTS network architectures.
This means that you will need an external EQAM device which will receive the data from the Wideband SPA and
perform QAM modulation and RF upconversion.