ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) and Danish cable operator Stofa announced a Remote PHY (R-PHY) network deployment in Aarhus, Denmark.
The deployment is intended to support multi-gigabit services and uses ARRIS R-PHY nodes to deliver gigabit service across Stofa's footprint in Aarhus. The new architecture is backward-compatible and delivers both video and broadband services from a unified platform.
The deployment is intended to enable Stofa to virtualize and decentralize headend functions and elements of the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) physical layer to support service speeds of 1 Gbps and higher. The companies say the network upgrade was completed in seven months.
ARRIS's architecture enables Stofa video services to stream over the network, avoiding impact to customers' broadband speeds.
The R-PHY deployment in Aarhus is the result of an ongoing strategic collaboration between Stofa and ARRIS to enable gigabit broadband, UltraHD TV, streaming, and digital services across all of Stofa's sites in Denmark. In the near future, Stofa plans to transition to cloud-based network provisioning using the ARRIS virtualized management solution.
"Our partnership with ARRIS enabled us to envision a long-term future for our cable network using DOCSIS 3.1 and R-PHY technology," said Jacob Zentio, CTO at Stofa. "Today, we're making history, pioneering a new era of gigabit services using next-generation Distributed Access Architectures. Our deployment in Aarhus offers immediate service level upgrades for our local subscribers, while increasing our network's efficiency and capacity. This is just the beginning of our network's evolution, and we look forward to our continued work with ARRIS to create Denmark's network of the future."
"In a tight partnership with Stofa, ARRIS has demonstrated that the right R-PHY solution can power all existing services at scale in a dense field environment, thus ushering in a new era of network transformation to support the digital future," said Liliane Offredo-Zreik, principal analyst, ACG Research.
"Stofa shares our vision for building networks of the future, and we're proud of our work together to pioneer one of the world's largest, most powerful R-PHY networks," said Tom McLaughlin, senior vice president, EMEA Sales, at ARRIS. "Our ground-breaking collaboration is another example of how ARRIS is laying the foundation for a constantly connected world. In just seven months, Stofa is delivering gigabit speeds and HD services to its subscribers, and it's positioned to deliver new, advanced services long into the future."