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 GigaXtend™ UN3000 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 GigaXtend UN3000 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

What We Solve With GAP

What Problems Are We Trying To Solve With The Generic Access Platform? Learn why GAP Makes Sense for MSOs and Suppliers.

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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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