Profile: Arris Group Inc (ARRS.O)
6 Dec 2013
ARRIS Group, Inc. (ARRIS) is a global communications technology company. The Company operates in three business segments: Broadband Communications Systems; Access, Transport & Supplies, and Media & Communications Systems, specializing in integrated broadband network solutions that include infrastructure and CPE products, as well as systems and software for content and operations management (including video on demand, or VOD) and professional services. It is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of telephony, data, video, construction, rebuild and maintenance equipment for the broadband communications industry. In addition, it is a supplier of infrastructure products used by cable system operators to build out and maintain hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks. It provides its customers with products and services that enable high speed, two-way broadband transmission of video, telephony, and data. It provides cable system operators with a product offering for the headend, distribution network and subscriber premises. Its international revenue is generated primarily from Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Canada. On November 21, 2011, ARRIS acquired BigBand Networks. In April 2013, the Company completed the reorganized business by creating a new holding company structure.
Broadband Communications Systems (BCS)
The Company’s voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and data products include cable modem termination system (CMTS) Edge Router, 2-Line Residential embedded multimedia terminal adapter (EMTA), Multi-Line EMTA for residential and commercial services, Wireless Gateway and high speed data cable modems. Its video/Internet protocol (IP) products include CMTS Edge Router, broadband and Universal EdgeQAM, and Whole Home Gateway and Media Players. Its video processing products include switched digital video systems, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) systems digital video encoders ,transcoders, transraters, and statistical multiplexers and moving picture experts group (MPEG) and IP video stream slicing.
The Company provides two cable edge router products, the C4 CMTS and the C4c CMTS, used in the cable operator’s headend, which provide VoIP, Video over IP, data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) set top gateway signaling, and data services to residential and business subscribers. Through the acquisition of BigBand Networks it has expanded its platform of headend products to include switched video and IP video processing equipment that enable personalized video applications, as well as various addressable advertising solutions. Subscriber premises equipment includes DOCSIS certified cable modems for data applications, as well as Euro-DOCSIS certified versions and PacketCable Certified EMTAs for VoIP applications in both DOCSIS and Euro-DOCSIS networks. Its Touchstone product line provides carrier-grade performance to enable operators to provide all data, telephony and video services on the same network using common equipment.
Digital video streams are bridged onto the HFC network using an edge multiplexer/modulator, such as the D5 Universal Edge QAM. The D5 multiplexes digital video and IP data and modulates the signals for transmission on a cable service provider’s HFC plant. The D5 Universal Edge QAM is ideal for service providers deploying video on demand and switched digital video (SDV) services where unicast channels are required.
During the year ended December, 31, 2011 it began shipping its advanced Moxi Whole Home Solutions media gateways and media players supporting hybrid and full IP architectures. These gateways and players combine use of feature-rich video and telephony services, multi-room digital video recorder (DVR), wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi), DOCSIS 3.0 data rates, and other services. The solution answers the demand for a single service provider offering that accommodates multi-room subscriber access to unicast and multicast content, whether through cable, over-the-top (OTT), or the subscriber’s personal media on their home network.
The Company markets a range of MPEG digital video encoders and processors under the Encore, Quartet, HEMi and VIPr brands. Encore is designed to provide MPEG-2 digital video encoding and multiplexing. Quartet is designed to provide economical MPEG-2 encoding for regional channel digitization. HEMi provides a means to digitally encode several local analog channels, multiplex them into an existing MPEG stream and modulate the stream for inclusion in a digital service to multiple dwelling units and small headends. The VIPr platform is a multipurpose video processor transcoding, transrating, rate shaping, and up to 4:1 high definition (HD) channel statistical multiplexing. All of its video processing products are IP-based and address digital video services.
The Company through its acquisition of BigBand Networks, markets a line of Broadcast Media Routers and next generation Multiservice Platforms, which provide operators with an economical way to process and transmit multiple channels of video thereby reclaiming substantial bandwidth on their networks. The BigBand portfolio also includes the CVeX (Converged Video Exchange) SDV platform that provides the control plane function for optimizing the use of HFC network bandwidth across multiple video program streams. This control plane can be extended into the IP domain and used for managing IP Video streams across a CMTS and EdgeQAM infrastructure.
Access, Transport & Supplies
The Company’s HFC plant equipment products include headend and hub products, optical transmitters, optical amplifiers, optical repeaters, optical nodes, Wi-Fi access points, Ethernet passive optical network (ePON) Optical Network Units, ePON Optical Line Terminals, radio frequency (RF) over Glass (RFOG) optical network units and RF amplifiers . Its Infrastructure products for fiber optic or coaxial networks built under or above ground include cable and strand, vaults, conduit, drop materials, tools, connectors and test equipment.
The Company offer product lines for all three components. The optics platforms support both coarse wave division multiplexing (CWDM) and dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) and Ethernet over Passive Optical Network (ePON), which provide capacity per subscriber over existing infrastructures and provide capacity for networks. It offers a range of managed and scalable headend and hub equipment for domestic and international applications. The Company offers a range of headend and hub equipment for domestic and international applications. The CHP 5000 converged headend platform with advanced CWDM, DWDM and ePON technologies enable network operators to optimize their network capacity for services, such as video on demand, high definition television, high speed Internet, and voice over Internet Protocol.
The Company is engaged in the development of multi-wavelength optical transmitters, optical amplifiers and optical repeaters. These platforms allow the operators to multiply the capacity of their existing fiber infrastructures and leverage them closer to the end user. Its node series offers the performance service and segmentability for network architectures.
It introduced second generation CORWave I O-Band and CORWave II C-Band downstream optics platforms. CORWave platforms support delivery of HD switched digital video (SDV) and On Demand and business services on existing multiple systems operator (MSO) fiber networks. The Company has headend optical line terminations (OLT) to be compatible with the deployed CHP platform. Radio frequency over glass (RFoG) solutions utilizes a subset its headend and hub products, optical transmission products and RFoG ONUs. These solutions allow the MSO to take fiber directly to the side of the customer premises while maintaining existing back office, headend and customer premise solutions.
The Company offers a range of products that are used by MSOs to build and maintain their cable plants. Its name-brand products are manufactured to its specifications by manufacturing partners. These products include taps, line passives, house passives and premises installation equipment marketed under its Regal brand name; MONARCH aerial and underground plant construction products and enclosures; Digicon premium F-connectors, and FiberTel fiber optic connectivity devices and accessories. Through its product selection, it is able to address broadband infrastructure applications, including fiber optics, outside plant construction, drop and premises installation, and signal acquisition and distribution. It also resells products from vendors, which include brands to specialty manufacturers. Through its suppliers, it also supplies ancillary products, such as tools, safety equipment, testing devices and specialty electronics. Its services range from just-in-time delivery, product kitting, specialized electronic interfaces, and customized reporting, to supply chain management solutions.
Media & Communications Systems
The Company’s media, delivery and monetization platform include video on demand management and distribution, and linear and advanced advertising. Its operations management systems include network and service assurance, and mobile workforce management. Its fixed mobile convergence platform include mobility application server (MAS) for continuity of services across wireless and PacketCable Networks; voice call continuity (VCC) application server for continuity of services in IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) networks, and convergence clients for smart phones.
The Company provides integrated, application-oriented software solutions for video delivery, operations management systems and fixed mobile convergence. Its video service delivery platform consists of three components: ConvergeMedia Manager, ConvergeMedia Distribution and AdManager Advertising to enable delivery and monetization of media for operators, programmers and broadcasters. ConvergeMedia provide seamless media access across a range of personal media devices and networks. The Company’s on demand management system lets network operators manage video on demand, the system, the content, and the business, from a single, integrated platform. ConvergeMedia Management Suite (CMM) supports a range of interactive television services and provides architecture for rapid development and delivery of media delivery services. Its media distribution portfolio consists of ConvergeMedia XMS product line. This server is used for video delivery over a range of customer applications, including movies on demand (MOD), subscription video on demand (SVOD), linear ad insertion, advertising-supported video on demand (AdVOD), network-based digital video recording (NDVR), network-based personal video recording (NPVR) and other time-shifted Television services. XMS deliver multimedia to a range of consumer electronics devices using standard video codecs, audio codecs, container formats and transport protocols.
The network operators using the Company’s digital program insertion (DPI) can reach both digital and analog customers. The Company provides a unified operations support system (OSS) suite of products. This OSS suite provides a set of applications, which support network operators’ business and engineering needs by managing standards-based (DOCSIS) and hybrid fiber coax networks. ARRIS ServAssure network and service management Software helps MSOs monitor, collect and analyze the health and performance of their networks and services in real-time. It provides solutions, which give MSOs a 360 degree real-time view of their networks. Its network and service assurance applications help MSOs monitor and manage device and service status across the entire network, proactively pinpoint outage locations and impact on subscribers, and forecast and plan for network capacity.
ARRIS WorkAssure Workforce Automation is a field service management solution, which combines the browser-based business applications with real-time connectively to the mobile workforce through wireless data connections and mobile computing devices. Its mobility and voice call continuity application servers provide a migration for cable operators’ digital voice services, allowing them to evolve their existing landline voice service into a fully-converged landline and wireless offering. Its convergence client software enables smart phones to connect between wireless and wire line networks.
The Company competes with Aurora Networks, Casa Systems, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Commscope, Inc., Concurrent Computer Corporation, Ericsson (TandbergTV), Harmonic, Inc., Motorola Mobility, Inc., Pace, SeaChange, Inc., SeaChange, Inc., SMC Networks, Technicolor, Inc., Tivo, TVC Communications, Inc. and Ubee Interactive, Inc.
Arris Group Inc
3871 Lakefield Drive
SUWANEE GA 30024