The certification process for Cable Europe Labs is organised in certification waves. Each certification wave consists of the following steps:
In an Interop (1 week), equipment manufacturers are invited to Excentis to verify the interoperability of their products with other products.
- ATP run
In an ATP run (1 week), Excentis offers the opportunity to vendors to have selected acceptance tests executed by Excentis similar to those executed during product certification.
- Certification testing
After official submission, Excentis checks the conformance of the product against the specifications (5 or 7 weeks of testing). The certification test period is closed for the product suppliers.
- Vendor meeting
When all testing has finished, a EuroDOCSIS/EuroPacketCable meeting is held, open for all vendors who have signed the EuroDOCSIS/EuroPacketCable NDA.
- Certification Board meeting
Following the EuroDOCSIS/Euro\PacketCable vendor meeting is a closed Cable Europe Labs Certification Board meeting. The Cable Europe Labs Certification Board decides, based on the Excentis test results, on the certification/qualification of the submitted product.
After the Cable Europe Labs Certification Board meeting, a wrap-up of the results is organized by means of a conference call and follow-up e-mail conversations by Excentis.
CPE products can also be submitted outside a certification wave by using a 'flexible submisison'. Please check the guidelines for further details.