Generic Access Platform (GAP)

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SCTE formed the Generic Access Platform (GAP) working group to accelerate innovation in node technology by defining interfaces that support plug-in modules conforming to common physical, thermal, mechanical and electrical specifications. This open, modular and standardized approach allows cable operators to accelerate technology updates, deliver multiple services from a single node, facilitate the migration to an edge-compute model, reduce inventory and increase service velocity. 

ATX is a key contributor to the SCTE-driven Generic Access Platform (GAP) initiative and working group. The ATX GigaNode™ GN3000 was the centerpiece of a live GAP node demonstration at a recent industry trade show. The unit’s new and environmentally-hardened housing is designed with an unprecedented 200W of power dissipation, and its support for future industry standards ensures that MSOs are able to streamline technology updates using best-of-breed equipment from a broad universe of suppliers. ATX’s GigaNode GN3000 is also an attractive platform for technology suppliers that prefer to focus on core technological competencies, rather than development of an entire node.  

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GAP Working Group: Closing the GAP to HFC Network Densification

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2019 Innovation Showcase

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The goal of the working group is to improve time-to-market and total cost of ownership for all types of HFC solutions, including DOCSIS®, Wi-Fi, PON, 5G and business services.

– Dean Stoneback, Senior Director, Engineering and Standards for SCTE•ISBE

Solutions that optimize flexibility, agility and scalability are essential to achieving service velocity for the deployment of innovative technologies.

– Matt Petersen, Vice President, Access Architecture for Charter

'GAP' is Making Progress

Standardize node housings that allow various modules to be snapped in like Lego bricks.

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GAP Overview

SCTE-ISBE 2018 summary of Generic Access Platform with Charter Communications

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Can Cable Bridge the 'GAP'?

From an operational perspective, this evolving SCTE/ISBE standard — called the Generic Access Platform (GAP) — could make a ton of sense for cable operators.

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