Liberty Global taps CommScope for gigabit broadband network

CommScope said Liberty Global has selected its High-Density R-PHY Shelf as a key component of its gigabit broadband network.
CommScope for in-building
The HD Shelf from CommScope will enable Liberty Global to push fiber deeper into its HFC network and realize the efficiencies associated with Distributed Access Architectures (DAA).

Liberty Global had more than 10.8 million cable service subscribers, or 25.3 million revenue generation units (RGU), combining video, internet, and voice customers in 2019.

Liberty Global’s fibre and 5G networks connect 85 million subscribers across Europe and the United Kingdom. Virgin Media-O2 in the UK, VodafoneZiggo in The Netherlands, Telenet in Belgium, Sunrise UPC in Switzerland, Virgin Media in Ireland and UPC in Eastern Europe are part of Liberty Global.

Liberty Global said its consolidated businesses generate annual revenue of more than $7 billion, while its joint-ventures in the U.K. and the Netherlands generate combined annual revenue of more than $17 billion.

The HD Shelf will enable Liberty Global to add more capacity in the network and transport digital Video, Data and Voice services over fiber to remote locations.

“We’re working with CommScope to efficiently and reliably evolve our network so that we can continue to deliver the cutting-edge speeds and experiences that our subscribers demand,” said Colin Buechner, managing director and chief network officer, Liberty Global.

“We’re showcasing our leadership in DAA and our global scale, as we work side by side with Liberty Global to transform its broadband network in service of millions of subscribers all around the world,” said Ric Johnsen, senior vice president and segment leader, Broadband Networks, CommScope.

CommScope said the HD R-PHY Shelf hosts eight E6000n HD Remote PHY Devices (RPDs) in a single rack unit (RU), and works in conjunction with the CCAP Core to extend the PHY layer further into the network. The platform provides full-spectrum support for digital broadcast TV, VoD, and DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1, as well as strategic alignment with future NFV/SDN/FTTx systems.