Broadband Cable Access

Introduction

Coaxial cable networks have been widely deployed to distribute television services using broadcasting technology. This infrastructure has been enhanced and developed into a Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) architecture with the introduction of a return channel. The industry is now deploying digital television services, high-speed data services, Internet Protocol (IP) voice and other time-critical multimedia services across these broadband cable television networks.

These services are delivered using the DOCSIS and IPCablecom protocols. DOCSIS® is a data communication protocol for the transparent transmission of IP traffic across the HFC infrastructure. IPCablecom has been developed to deliver telephony and other Quality of Service (QoS) enhanced, secure, IP multimedia, time critical communications services, using packetized data transmission technology on a HFC data network utilizing the DOCSIS protocol.

ETSI’s Technical Committee CABLE is responsible for the creation, development and maintenance of standards related to integrated broadband cable and television network technologies.

Our Role & Activities

The cable industry is a global market and therefore ETSI’s cable standards are developed to align to the extent possible with standards either already developed or under development in other regions. The ETSI specifications are consistent to the extent possible with the CableLabs®/PacketCable™ set of specifications as published by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE).

ETSI’s standardization activities for the cable industry are handled in Technical Committee Cable, which is responsible for new standardization initiatives as well as the maintenance of ETSI’s existing cable standards.

In recent years we have achieved major milestones with the publication of a suite of standards describing DOCSIS 3.0 (EN 302 878 series) and IPCablecom 1.5 (TS 103 161). DOCSIS 3.0 provides for advanced features including the ability to bond multiple channels together and support for IP version 6, while maintaining backwards compatibility with the first generation (ES 201 488) and second generation (ES 202 488).

TC CABLE has also produced standards for DOCSIS 3.1, which will enable cable broadband customers to achieve data rates up to 10 Gbit/s downstream and 1 Gbit/s upstream.

In the past few years the focus of ETSI's TC Cable was on enabling the transition to IPv6, on the electromagnetic environment and on energy management for cable networks, in response to European Commission (EC) Mandate 462 (M/462) on energy efficiency in information and communication networks.

Standards

The following is a list of the 20 latest published ETSI standards on Broadband Cable Access.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 101 569-1 Integrated Broadband Cable Telecommunication Networks (CABLE); Cable Network Transition to IPv6 Part 1: IPv6 Transition Requirements
TR 101 569 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; Cable Network Transition to IPv6
TR 102 877 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Energy Efficiency of Energy Related Products (ErPs) with regards to their Ecodesign Requirements; Network Apparatus and Customer Premises Equipment relating to Cable Network Operator's Services
TR 102 994 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); In Home Cabling for Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Services
EN 302 878-1 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Third Generation Transmission Systems for Interactive Cable Television Services - IP Cable Modems; Part 1: General; DOCSIS 3.0
EN 302 878-2 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Third Generation Transmission Systems for Interactive Cable Television Services - IP Cable Modems; Part 2: Physical Layer; DOCSIS 3.0
EN 302 878-3 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Third Generation Transmission Systems for Interactive Cable Television Services - IP Cable Modems; Part 3: Downstream Radio Frequency Interface; DOCSIS 3.0
EN 302 878-4 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Third Generation Transmission Systems for Interactive Cable Television Services - IP Cable Modems; Part 4: MAC and Upper Layer Protocols; DOCSIS 3.0
EN 302 878-5 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Third Generation Transmission Systems for Interactive Cable Television Services - IP Cable Modems; Part 5: Security Services; DOCSIS 3.0
TS 101 574 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); System characteristics of receiver equipment installed in headends of integrated broadband cable and television networks intended to receive broadcast signals in the frequency range 470 MHz to 790 MHz
TS 103 161-10 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; IPCablecom 1.5; Part 10: Management Information Base (MIB) Framework
TS 103 161-11 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; IPCablecom 1.5; Part 11: Media Terminal Adapter (MTA) device provisioning
TS 103 161-12 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; IPCablecom 1.5; Part 12: Management Event Mechanism
TS 103 161-13 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; IPCablecom 1.5; Part 13: Trunking Gateway Control Protocol - MGCP option
TS 103 161-15 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; IPCablecom 1.5; Part 15: Analog Trunking for PBX Specification
TS 103 161-18 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; IPCablecom 1.5; Part 18: Media Terminal Adapter Extension MIB
TS 103 161-19 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; IPCablecom 1.5; Part 19: IPCablecom Audio Server Protocol Specification - MGCP option
TS 103 161-2 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; IPCablecom 1.5; Part 2: Architectural framework for the delivery of time critical services over Cable Television Networks using Cable Modems
TS 103 161-21 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; IPCablecom 1.5; Part 21: Signalling Extension MIB Specification
TS 103 161-4 Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Integrated Broadband Cable and Television Networks; IPCablecom 1.5; Part 4: Network Call Signalling Protocol