Madison Communications of central Illinois has upgraded its complete hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) network to DOCSIS 3.0 with the help of ARRIS Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ARRS)
The DOCSIS 3.0 upgrade comes as Madison evolves its network to better provide a variety of broadband services to portions of Madison and Macoupin counties. The cable operator offers digital cable, HDTV, high-speed data, local and long-distance voice, and advertising services through two subsidiaries, Madison Telephone Company and Madison Network Services, Inc.
Madison decided to launch the upgrade early this year. It chose ARRIS Professional Services for the deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 C4 CMTS. ARRIS Professional Services provides program management and technology implementation, training, technical support, and end-to-end integration for CATV systems.
ARRIS says it collaborated with Madison and ARRIS to eliminate single points of failure and installed a redundant fiber-optic transport ring between the head end and other key locations to improve reliability and speed.
"The ARRIS management and engineering staff were invaluable in helping us design and complete this upgrade," said Madison Director of Information Technology Jerry Davis. "Their expertise in areas like channel bonding and load balancing has enabled us to maximize our investment, customize our technology, and prepare us to meet future customer demand for new and exciting services. The Madison team is now performing extensive testing to begin offering faster broadband Internet Speeds to all our customers.”
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