Generic Access Platform (GAP)

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The GAP Standards are HERE!

Generic Access Platform (GAP) Enclosure Specification

This specification is intended to standardize a mechanical clamshell housing, the Generic Access Platform (GAP) Enclosure, and associated internal interfaces to enable a common platform for use in a wide variety of outside plant applications.

Generic Access Platform (GAP) Modules Specification

This document details the requirements placed on interoperable modules for use in the Generic Access Platform (GAP) Enclosure including physical, electrical, environmental constraints and module communications mechanisms. GAP Modules complying to the requirements in this document are expected to exhibit a baseline physical and logical interoperability when combined in a GAP compliant node enclosure. Extended interoperability testing and validation is supported through the Systems Integrator role and related SCTE best practices documentation.

Generic Access Platform (GAP) Systems Integrator Best Practices

This document is written in conjunction with the other Generic Access Platform (GAP) specifications and details the requirements placed on systems integrators tasked with performing functions such as design, installation, testing and deployment of a GAP system. Extended interoperability testing and validation is supported through the Systems Integrator role and related SCTE best practices documentation.

GAP in the News!

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Vecima debuts Generic Access Platform (GAP) node

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    "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

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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

What is GAP?

SCTE formed the Generic Access Platform (GAP) Working Group to accelerate innovation by defining common interfaces within node housings that support plug-in modules conforming to the GAP’s physical, thermal, mechanical and electrical specifications.

The GAP initiative is designed to enable MSOs to work with best-of-breed vendors to add new functions and services to access nodes through simple in-field module or software upgrades. This open, modular and standardized approach allows cable operators to accelerate technology updates, deliver multiple services utilizing a single node platform, facilitate the migration to an edge-computing model, reduce inventory and increase service velocity.

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Casa Systems

Casa Systems is a leading provider of physical and cloud-native broadband technology solutions for wireless, cable, and fixed networks. Casa is leveraging the GAP specification as a platform for our next generation of nodes for all access technologies including: cable, PON, wireless, and our recently launched fiber extension product line. The GAP specification will provide a standardized approach for service providers to deliver new functions and services across all platforms, all from a single node.

Charter Communications

Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services to residential and business customers under its Spectrum brand. Through the Spectrum Enterprise brand, Charter is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America’s largest businesses and communications service providers.


Electroline is a leading provider of outdoor broadband solutions, including DOCSIS® based status monitoring transponders and temperature hardened cable modems and outdoor gateways. With its core competence of DOCSIS® technology, Electroline cooperates with multiple MSOs, wireless radio and any Ethernet based CPE access device manufacturers to provide integrated solutions for HFC applications worldwide.


Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Using Intel architecture allows designers of GAP nodes to deliver high performance, scalable compute capability required for emerging edge applications. Our latest processor technology provides low-power, high-density solutions with extended temperature for outdoor and rugged environments.


The award-winning SCTE Standards Program is pleased to host the development of the GAP standards. Participants accelerate their own product development and innovation while providing technical contributions to the content of the emerging GAP standards. They collaborate with fellow industry leaders and subject matter experts and grow relationships while learning how to reduce costs and promote profitability.


Vecima is leading the global evolution to the multi-gigabit, content-rich networks of the future. Its innovative software and technology enable broadband and content providers to deliver the fastest, highest-quality, most reliable internet and streaming services to millions of people around the world. The Vecima EntraTM broadband access portfolio is deployed by operators around the world…

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