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ARRIS Enables IPv6 Support for Wireless Gateways

December 02, 2013
By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

ARRIS Group, a provider of entertainment and communications solutions, announced that it has released a software upgrade that will enable IPv6 support for over 4 million ARRIS TG852/862 wireless gateways deployed across the Comcast (News - Alert) broadband network, making Xfinity Internet one of the largest native IPv6 deployments of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) across the globe.

The pool of IPv4 addresses is fast depleting, and this is driving service providers to transition to IPv6. Both Comcast and ARRIS have joined hands to offer IPv6 solutions and support to end-users.

"Today's IPv6 announcement represents one of the many ways that ARRIS and Comcast are committed to addressing the challenges of the future of IP," said Larry Robinson, president of customer premises equipment, ARRIS.

The ARRIS Touchstone Telephony Gateway (News - Alert) TG862 combines phone, Internet, and home networking capabilities, boasting several features including two analog voice lines, a 4-port gigabit router, a 802.11n wireless access point and DOCSIS 3.0 compatibility.

Looking to facilitate seamless IPv6 broadband enablement, ARRIS wireless gateways allow Comcast to deploy IPv6 support incrementally, which will deliver uninterrupted Internet service to consumers during the transition, allowing them to download content with ease.

"Comcast has been working for over four years laying the technical foundation and paving the way for a smooth transition towards IPv6," said John Brzozowski, Comcast fellow and chief IPv6 architect. "Leveraging CPE that is software upgradeable and that can handle both IP versions has been critical to our success, and our extensive IPv6 rollout on CPE complements our DOCSIS 3.0 based Cable Modem Termination Systems, which ARRIS also develops and supplies to Comcast."

"ARRIS has taken a proactive approach to preparing our customers and end consumers for tomorrow's technology, and we continue to provide leadership in communications and entertainment on a global stage,” said Robinson.

The company was in news earlier this year when it signed an agreement with EchoStar subsidiary Sling Media (News - Alert), a provider of video placeshifting products and services for consumers and television service providers.

As per the agreement, ARRIS is now the exclusive worldwide distributor of Sling technology to cable, telco and wireless service providers across the globe.

Edited by Blaise McNamee
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