Casa Systems Releases Virtual Communications Controller
Communications control devices traditionally work for users by helping them create a standard interface for interacting with other devices, such as allowing a computer to connect through a serial port to a modem. In such situations, the devices on either end can exchange information in a simple and streamlined fashion.
Communications companies have risen beyond the need for physical devices and now demand access to virtual communications control application programs (vCCAPs). This is Casa Systems’ purview; moreover, it announced this week that it has released a new multi-service vCCAP to provide telecommunications operators with services that can better help them deliver content to consumers through Wi-Fi and 4G/5G cellular. The new services will work as part of the existing Casa Axyom software – released in February – that offers control of virtual network functions through modular deployment and intelligent processing of functions’ data.
Jerry Guo, the CEO of Casa Systems, commented that the new vCCAP will help telecoms virtualize their services and grow their revenue.
“Casa Systems has always pushed the envelope with first-to-market next-generation access solutions that address service providers’ changing needs as they contend with intense competition and consumer demands,” Guo said. “This milestone continues to advance our ultra-broadband vision, allowing service providers to maximize the full benefits of our path to virtualization such as multi-gigabit speeds, lower [total cost of ownership], and enhanced subscriber [quality of experience].”
Casa’s release of this new virtualized service means to comply with DOCSIS 3.1 standards for the latest Wi-Fi features and use of multiplexing to assist with the delivery of mobile wireless and audio/video signals. The company’s announcement mentioned that gigabit-speed data will be possible in the vCCAP, which of course has become the new benchmark for forward-looking telecoms. Although 5G wireless (that could establish such speeds for consumers) is not expected to begin widespread use until at least 2020, upgrades to networks such as with 4.5G and 4.9G radios can help telecoms begin to provide faster data services that will shadow what the early days of 5G are expected to bring.
This release is also expected to help telecoms become more agile with their service delivery. As consumer and businesses push more toward the connection of all their devices to the Internet, the so-called Internet of Things will need much higher wireless and broadband speeds to handle the world’s demands. The Casa vCCAP not only seeks to handle the speed of the next generation of wireless; it also helps operators complete all their networking tasks in virtualized systems, which is still taking baby steps toward overtaking traditional networking as the mainstream manner in which telecoms offer their products and services.
Edited by Alicia Young