Putting a Box around Wi-Fi® Performance @ Cable Tec 2016

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Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” declared science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. Said another way, great technology is seamless and invisible: it shouldn’t get in the way of the experience. And the same is true for Wi-Fi.

But there are myriad measures and underlying forces that must align perfectly to make Wi-Fi indistinguishable from magic and meet today’s customer demand.

This month at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016, Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS, will discuss how service providers can readily address Wi-Fi issues using existing technology and data and talk about alternative metrics for evaluating and diagnosing Wi-Fi problems at home.

In her panel, she’ll provide answers to questions such as:

  • What do consumers define as “good” Wi-Fi performance?
  • What factors—such as environment and services—can affect Wi-Fi performance?
  • What is the impact of a customer’s choice of Wi-Fi antennae, frequencies and channel bands on display devices?

Learn more by attending the “Home Wi-Fi Optimization” panel on Thursday, September 29 from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Maria Popo, President of Ubee Interactive and also include insights from David Urban, a Distinguished Engineer at Comcast.

The Power of Color: HDR and WCG @ Cable Tec 2016

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Dr. Sean McCarthy, ARRIS Fellow

Video quality is easily recognizable to the trained eye, but equating a number with quality is often more problematic. Without consistent video-quality metrics, cable operators cannot make informed decisions when setting bitrate and video-quality performance targets, nor when choosing technology partners for High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) services.

A recent scientific study with professional-quality Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and HDR videos found that viewers prefer HDR over SDR by a large margin – largely due to the fact that it’s the closest thing to reality that’s available on TV. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. HDR and WCG are doing an excellent job of bringing TV picture quality in line with what we see through our own eyes. The experience, according to many consumers, is “like looking out of a window.” That’s because HDR and WCG create a more convincing and compelling sense of light than previously was possible.

At this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016, Dr. Sean McCarthy, ARRIS Fellow, will present new research and techniques designed to help answer the pressing questions facing cable providers when it comes to setting video quality and performance targets for HDR and WCG video services including:

  • What happens to a viewer’s quality of experience when pristine, high-quality HDR content is compressed for distribution?
  • What happens when HDR WCG content is converted to SDR content to support legacy displays and consumer set-tops?
  • Do distortions and compression artifacts become more noticeable in HDR? Or does processed HDR lose some of its sparkle and become less discernible from ordinary SDR?

Dr. Sean McCarthy is an expert in content distribution, video compression, signal processing and the neurobiology of human vision. He currently leads advancements in state-of-the-art of video processing, compression and practical vision science at ARRIS.

Learn more about “The Power of Color” workshop on Thursday, September 29 from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m., which will be moderated by Bill Warga, VP Technology, Liberty Global.

Flexible Deployment Approaches for the Gigabit Services Evolution

By Jonathan Ruff, Senior Director, Technical Marketing, ARRIS

By Jonathan Ruff, Senior Director, Technical Marketing, ARRIS

For many operators, the gigabit evolution begins with the shift from DOCSIS 3.0 to DOCSIS 3.1. But that move represents a change not only in the protocol itself, but in the approach to architecting their entire DOCSIS delivery chain—from the headend to the outside plant and home gateway components.

Operators are choosing from many new approaches based on the nature of their deepening fiber deployments and their desire to make more efficient use of headend facilities in addressing the increasing demand for new gigabit services.

ARRIS has a unique perspective on the aggregate decisions that these operators face, due to our pioneering work in DOCSIS 3.1 deployments and the market-leading success of our E6000 CCAP platform. Our operator customers look to us for evolutionary pathways that enable them to make full use of their HFC plant and fiber deployments, while building on their installed base of E6000s and their outside plant.

In our close collaboration with these customers on network evolution, one of the biggest challenges we see is that there is no one decision or path to choose from that is expected to reach the market in the next few years. In other words, operators will choose different approaches. As a result, many opt to support multiple approaches in their networks: HFC with Node+0 splits, Remote PHY or Remote MACPHY, Remote PHY shelf, Full Duplex DOCSIS, RFoG, Node PON, EPON and GPON, etc. And they pace the cadence of their evolution based on how their subscriber usage evolves and the availability of capital investment. Some operators plan to spend as much as $1B in each of the next few years to address the demand they are experiencing.

These are some of the most important factors that impact decision making for operators:

  • Headend Capacity – where space, power and other facility considerations constrain the ability to add more equipment, operators have two choices: seek denser more power efficient solutions or move capabilities and functionality into the outside plant. This is one of the cases for Remote PHY.
  • Economics – CAPEX and OPEX costs come into play as operators replace old equipment (nodes, amplifiers, and headend equipment) and move to support 1.2GHz and 85Mhz return expansion. Where this requires new equipment purchases and truck rolls, it creates an imperative to minimize the number of times outside plant has to be accessed while making service groups smaller to cope with the increased bandwidth demands.
  • Greenfield – with new housing developments, it makes economic sense to put in FTTH from day one, especially when replacing the coax cable to a home with fiber can cost as much as $1,000 per home passed. PON becomes the logical choice here, especially when the system can still support DPOE, the DOCSIS specification for cable modem provisioning on the headend.   Similarly, for urban Multi-dwelling units where fiber can be pulled past a high density of subscriber dwelling units, PON may be more efficient from a capacity and cost perspective.
  • Environment – depending on the socio-economics of neighborhoods, pulling the intelligent, expensive components back into the secured environments and using lower cost outside plant systems can allow operators to manage failures and loss while offering similar traffic and service level performance.
  • Timing/Availability – the range of approaches will be impacted by silicon availability, finalization of specifications, and levels of testing required to verify deployment capabilities

ARRIS offers operators an extremely flexible approach to the evolution of their networks. For example, our E6000 chassis offers software options and upgrades, new cards such as the DCAM2, UCAM2, RSM2, and EPFM (EPON Fiber Module), and a modular upgrade path for the OM6000 and NC4000 to Remote PHY. This enables operators to select their ideal architecture as they look to support multi-gigabit data services and migrate from QAM to IP Video services without having to make massive changes to their provisioning and headend systems.

In many cases (for example, DOCSIS 3.0 to DOCSIS 3.1 support, I-CCAP to RPHY support), the transition from one stage to the next can be accomplished with simple software upgrades, permitting the operator to activate the change in a convenient, cost-effective fashion. All of these attributes of ARRIS’s solution set allow operators to make decisions as their strategy determines the optimal time for them, their subscribers, and their financials.

The E6000 can support various combined configurations of these HFC, RFoG, and Fiber capabilities— allowing operators to deploy mixed architectures such as I-CCAP and Remote PHY, or I-CCAP and EPON, for example. As deployment proposals evolve to include Full Duplex DOCSIS, Extended Spectrum DOCSIS etc., the E6000 can evolve with each new stage, thanks to its modular physical architecture and its software upgradability, allowing it take advantage of new capabilities that increase the number of subscribers served and total data traffic capacity per chassis.

It’s clear that the demand for bandwidth is only going to increase in the near future, and having a flexible platform like the ARRIS E6000 platform that can be modified wherever it makes strategic and financial sense is extremely valuable. Our solutions are also designed to expand to support future demands. Indeed, the ability to quickly support and adapt to all of tomorrow’s technology choices puts operators who have deployed and are deploying the ARRIS E6000 platform in a leadership position for the future.

ARRIS Speaks @ SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016

SCTE-ISBE_Cable-TecExpo2016_Logo_257x60The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016 is fast approaching, and there will be many opportunities to hear from ARRIS experts who can provide insights into the hottest topics in the cable industry.

ARRIS Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Bob Stanzione will join fellow industry leaders to share their vision of the future of the cable industry during the Opening Session. Industry experts, such as Jim Blackley, Executive VP, Engineering and IT, Charter Communications, Balan Nair, EVP and CTO of Liberty Global, and Zoran Stakic, EVP and CTO of Shaw Communications, will address trends, technology and operational issues impacting the industry.

ARRIS also is participating in 10 technical speaking sessions this year, spanning topics, such as virtual and augmented reality, DOCSIS 3.1® network readiness, machine learnings in network operations, and much more. Additionally, ARRIS experts will be moderating three panels during the Expo.

Below is a full schedule of ARRIS speakers and presentations throughout the week. Drop by our booth #1074 to see demos of our latest solutions transforming the future of entertainment and communications.

You can continue to find the latest updates on the show here and via our Twitter handle @ARRIS. Be sure to follow us to receive real-time updates and news from the Expo floor.

Monday, September 26

  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Advanced Encoding Meets IP Video Delivery (Sridhar Kunisetty, Distinguished Engineer)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Access Technology Energy: Changing the Equation (John Ulm, Fellow of the Technical Staff)

Tuesday, September 27

  • 9:45 – 10:30 am: Opening Session (Bob Stanzione, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board)
  • 10:45 – 11:45 am: Immersive Video Experiences (Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment)

Wednesday, September 28

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: Fiber Access Architecture Strategies (John Ulm, Fellow of Technical Staff)
  • 10:15 – 11:15 am: Service Activation and Management with SDN/NFV (Michael Emmendorfer, Senior Director of Solution Architecture and Strategy)
  • 10:15 – 11:15 am: Optimize This: IP Video (Bill Hanks, Director of Broadband Systems Engineering)
  • 2:00 – 2:30 pm: Innovation Theatre: Network Strategies CTO Tom Cloonan discusses the Future of the HFC Network with executives from Comcast and Cox
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm: To Multicast or Not to Multicast: It’s No Longer the Question! (Or Is It?) (Tushar Mathur, Senior Systems Engineer at CTO Office – Network Solutions)

Thursday, September 29

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: International Breakfast Panel sponsored by ARRIS: ARRIS International MD Steve McCaffery hosts a panel of international service providers and technologists Room 120 A_C
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm: Putting a Box Around Wi-Fi Performance – Characterizing Performance and Setting Expectations (Carol Ansley, Home Wi-Fi Optimization)
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm: The Power of Color (Dr. Sean McCarthy, Fellow of the Technical Staff)

*all times local ET*

ARRIS Demonstrations at SCTE

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By Jonathan Ruff, Senior Director, Technical Marketing, ARRIS

Several big questions are top-of-mind for every service provider heading to SCTE next week:

  • How do we deliver Gigabit DOCSIS 3.1 services to our subscribers?
  • How can we make the Gigabit connected home more consistent with Wi-Fi, prepare for UHD over Wi-Fi, and create new services?
  • How do we make the Customer Experience more repeatable, reliable, and less reactive?
  • How can we implement a planned, evolutionary approach to an all-IP architecture with minimal impact to our subscribers?

ARRIS’s product managers and professional services experts will be answering these questions and more in daily demonstrations in our booth (#1074) under the following topics:

Networks

Our Gigabit Solution Wall will highlight our E6000 CER’s flexible deployment options and support for CCAP and Gigabit DOCSIS 3.1 services to subscribers over today’s HFC networks at distances of +70 miles. The E6000 provides multiple paths to bring fiber all the way to the home or premises, with hardware and software updates, integration of Remote PHY and Full-Duplex DOCSIS, and the ability to support Fiber Deeper technologies—like RFoG, Node PON and EPON.

CPE 

Our industry-leading portfolio of DOCSIS 3.1 gateways and broadband devices will be on display, showcasing its Gigabit and multi-Gigabit capabilities.

We’ll demonstrate our flagship Touchstone TG3462 smart home gateway—our most powerful gateway to-date—downloading movies and Virtual Reality experiences while distributing 4K video streams to our latest Wi-Fi UHD HEVC set-tops. It can deliver over 5Gbps of data around the home, with four GigE ports and an 8×8 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio.

We’ll also showcase our comprehensive range of routers and WiFi extenders, along with new management capabilities, like ARRIS’s Assurance solutions and in-home user management features. And we’ll be demonstrating CPE function virtualization, which enables new levels of scalability, cost-efficiency and performance.

In our Intelligent Gateway Area, you can learn about our gateways’ new home network management features, IoT capabilities, and support for new services and applications.

We’ll also have our portfolio of video set-top devices on display—demonstrating 4K UHD HEVC video delivered over 802.11ac Wi-Fi, DVR and compact set-top functionality for whole-home solutions, support for RDK, and a range of leading User Experiences including TiVo, Espial G4, and X1 Syndication.

Future of TV

Our video product teams will be demonstrating how the ARRIS Cloud Video Delivery Platform—coupled with our ME7000 encoder/transcoder for advanced TV formats—can enable a phased approach to the evolution to IP video. You can learn how to build on VOD and nDVR capabilities and how multicast ABR can enable a bandwidth optimized managed video service for linear TV services to multiscreen devices.

Customer Experience Management

Management of the subscriber experience is paramount to driving higher NPS (Net Promoter Scores). ARRIS will be demonstrating three tool systems designed to improve NPS: Access Network Management, Field Service Management, and Home Network Management. These tools enable a range of assurance capabilities—from monitoring access network trends and remediating issues before they affect the consumer experience, to providing integrated tools for both technicians and subscribers to manage the home network.

We look forward to meeting you at SCTE. Check out presentations from our industry experts, catch Bob Stanzione, our Executive Chairman, at the opening panel session on Tuesday, September 27th, watch ARRIS’s sponsored First Robotics team: The Firebirds, compete immediately afterwards in the Central Lounge.

And don’t forget to drop by our booth (#1074) to get ARRIS’s answers to your most important industry questions!

ARRIS Racing Fueled by Turtle Power!

This weekend, ARRIS Racing’s Daniel Suárez  will become Michelangelo as he gears up to tmtcompete in Saturday’s Drive for Safety 300 race—part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

The high-profile weekend of racing is sponsored by Nickelodeon, which partnered with Daniel and other select drivers to represent the main characters from the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) franchise. This weekend’s races pit Daniel and other drivers on #TeamTurtle against drivers on #TeamFoot.

Daniel, a childhood fan of the TMNT television series, will be behind the wheel of the newly wrapped No. 19 ARRIS TMNT Toyota Camry.

Picture4“ARRIS has enjoyed a tremendous reception from NASCAR fans since we started the ARRIS Racing campaign last year,” said Duncan Potter, SVP, ARRIS Global Marketing. “We’re excited to add to that momentum by tapping into the excitement for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Nickelodeon fans across the country and beyond.”

Cheer on ARRIS Racing’s own Ninja Turtle, Daniel ‘Michelangelo’ Suárez, this weekend:

  • Daniel returns to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) on Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway for another double-duty week. The NCWTS race at Chicagoland is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, September 16. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
  • The NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) returns to Joliet, IL and Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for their final race before the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase begins next weekend. The Drive for Safety 300 begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The race will be broadcast live on the NBC, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.

Catch all the action — check our Twitter feed for the latest updates from Chicagoland Speedway: @ARRIS.

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