CableLabs® Certification for DOCSIS® and PacketCable™

Developed in cooperation with cable operators and cable equipment manufacturers, this leading Certification program is crucial for ensuring interoperability, maintaining quality standards, instilling customer confidence, and promoting collaboration and innovation within the cable industry. It serves as a mark of excellence and facilitates the success of companies operating in the ecosystem. A device that is “CableLabs Certified” or “CableLabs Qualified” has passed a series of compliance tests and has demonstrated interoperable functionality with other CableLabs Certified devices.

Five Steps to Achieving Certification


The number 1

Register for access to the Product Submission Tool (PST) and CableLabs documents


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Understand what you need to do to get your device certified


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Submit your application and devices to be tested

DOCSIS 4.0 submission starts June 26, 2023


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Test your device to ensure that it is compliant with the specification


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Upon completion, your device results are sent to the Certification Board for approval

CableLabs Certification for DOCSIS 4.0 compliance is here!

To support the rollout of this new technology, CableLabs and Kyrio have incorporated several innovations into the certification testing process for DOCSIS 4.0 devices. Two of the key highlights include Success-Based Testing and 2-for-1 Test Results.

Success-Based Testing

As an introductory offer, devices submitted for DOCSIS 4.0 Certification will be tested using an iterative approach which permits devices to be updated as many times as necessary to achieve CableLabs Certification without additional fees. This allows device manufacturers to submit devices as early as possible without risk, rapidly address issues, and therefore demonstrate specification compliance and interoperability as soon as possible.

2-for-1 Test Results

Devices submitted for DOCSIS 4.0 Certification testing will be tested both for compliance to the DOCSIS 4.0 specifications as well as for interoperability with DOCSIS 3.1 networks in order to support some early deployments. Once submitted, initial device testing will focus on verifying operation on DOCSIS 3.1 systems. After that testing is completed successfully, devices will be listed on the CableLabs website as Verified for Interoperability for DOCSIS 3.1. Devices will then be tested against DOCSIS 4.0 systems to verify compliance with DOCSIS 4.0 specific requirements to become CableLabs Certified for DOCSIS 4.0 compliance, providing 2 test results in a single submission.

Resources and Documents

The following materials include information to prepare and submit for certification as well as links to the DOCSIS and PacketCable engineering documents. Your company’s CableLabs login is required to access certain CableLabs documents.

DOCSIS Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) / Headend Equipment/Distributed Architecture

Understand CableLabs’ Levels of Certification (Definitions)
Start here to understand Certification, Verification and Qualification.

Certification Guidelines
A full explanation of CableLabs Certification submission requirements.

DOCSIS Specifications
The full DOCSIS Specification can be viewed here.

Digital Certificates: securing the device
How and why to create and download the Test and Production certificates.

CableLabs Certification Wave Schedule
Understand when your device can be submitted and what version of the Specification it will need to meet.

DOCSIS 4.0 Certification Testing FAQ

Engineering Documents

To access the acceptance test plans and requirements, engineers can register with CableLabs.

Test Plans:
The DOCSIS Certification test plans

Test Requirements:
Detailed test requirements

Test Platform:
DOCSIS Test Platform

Test Platform:
Packetcable Test Platform

Test Guidelines for Unidirectional Digital Cable Products (UDCP):
Certification Testing Guidelines for Unidirectional Digital Cable Products (UDCP)

Certification Fees

Certification Fees

Submission (May include VFI and/or eCMM) Initial Submission Device Update Core Phase Update
DOCSIS® 4.0 Cable Modem (FDD or FDX) $209,000 N/A N/A
DOCSIS® 4.0 Cable Modem (combination FDD and FDX) $262,000 N/A N/A
DOCSIS® 3.1 Cable Modem $189,000 $84,000 $70,000
DOCSIS® 3.0 Cable Modem $150,000 $39,000
EuroDOCSIS® 3.0 Cable Modem $150,000 $39,000
PacketCable™ 1.5 or EuroPacketCable™ 1.5 $60,000 $60,000
Note: contact us at for FlexTest pricing

Resubmission & Recertification Fees

Subsequent Submission (including eCMM-Based) Recertification or Resubmission
DOCSIS® 4.0 Cable Modem (any type) $112,000
DOCSIS® 3.1 Cable Modem $84,000
DOCSIS® 3.0 Cable Modem $56,000
EuroDOCSIS® 3.0 Cable Modem $56,000
PacketCable™ 1.5 or EuroPacketCable™ 1.5 $60,000