ARRIS Bob Stanzione Keynotes WICT’s “Tech It Out” Conference in Denver

TIO.Email.Signature RGBThis week at SCTE, everyone’s talking about the future of cable. But in the closing keynote of WICT’s (Women in Cable Telecommunications) “Tech It Out” Conference on Tuesday, our CEO Bob Stanzione will speak about one related topic that often goes unrecognized in that conversation: tomorrow’s engineers.

Tech It Out is about fostering leadership among women in technology, and this charter resonates with Bob’s belief that we have an obligation to inspire tomorrow’s engineers. To paraphrase his words, “We have a responsibility to foster a diversity of thought, starting with children and students—they’ll be engineering our future, so it’s vital that they represent the best that we have to offer.”

But, as Bob will point out, that isn’t the case in engineering, where women are underrepresented to our disadvantage. In his keynote, he’ll talk about the constricted pipeline of female engineers; cover some of the underlying challenges—like the education system, social paradigms, and media influence; and map out the necessary changes for our industry achieve the diversity it deserves.

As Sandy Howe, our SVP of Global Marketing, outlines here, there are many opportunities for women. On Tuesday, Bob will expand on that topic and talk more about the vital role that women play in inventing the future.

You can also find us at SCTE in booth #1764. 

ARRIS Announces the Death of OBI, Solving Cable’s Decade-Long Dilemma

Cable operators began using RF over Glass (RFoG) ten years ago to expand their HFC networks with No_OBIFTTH offerings. The primary challenge for RFoG is what is called Optical Beat Interference (OBI)—a chronic performance issue caused by multiple modems communicating at the same time over the same fiber.

OBI has plagued fiber deployments and prevented mass rollouts for the past decade, because it created unpredictable performance, which worsened as providers added more upstream bandwidth to their networks. Despite several attempts to mitigate the problem, OBI persisted, rendering fiber upgrades costly, inefficient and non-scalable. The advent of DOCSIS 3.1 exacerbated the situation, increasing upstream which magnified OBI.

Today, ARRIS unveils AgileMax™, the industry’s only FTTP, RFoG solution that completely eliminates OBI.  The ARRIS AgileMax engine supports split ratios, reaches, and data rates that were previously unachievable, while being completely transparent to xPON solutions. While this alone puts AgileMax in class by itself, it’s further differentiated as CMTS, ONU, and cable modem agnostic—making it the most cost-effective and operationally efficient solution available.

Here’s what John Caezza, President of ARRIS Access Technologies business had to say about it: “We weren’t satisfied with the temporary and operationally complex OBI solutions on the market, so we set out to develop a complete yet simple solution that operators could use to make a seamless transition to DOCSIS 3.1 and PON. ARRIS AgileMax not only delivers on all of those promises, but exceeds the performance of all other RFoG solutions.”

To learn more, stop by SCTE Booth #1764 this Tuesday through Thursday. The ARRIS team would love to answer your questions about AgileMax and talk with you about the company’s complete DOCSIS 3.1 solution, including an industry-leading CMTS/CCAP family.

SCTE 2014 CCAP interoperability demo highlights DOCSIS 3.1 leadership

If you’re attending SCTE 2014, don’t miss our live demonstration of the industry’s leading CCAP E6000_360__1solution: the ARRIS E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER).

We’ll showcase its future-proof design through an interoperability demo on DOCSIS 3.1 and pre-silicon DOCSIS 3.1 test products—specifically, showing the test products acquiring downstream signals from the E6000. ARRIS is working with Intel and STMicroelectronics – and using a signal analyzer from Keysight (formerly Agilent Technology Electronic Measurement BU).

Our demo highlights the E6000’s extensibility in creating pathways to CCAP interoperability.  Thanks to ARRIS’s software leadership, the evolution to DOCSIS 3.1 is seamless. Operators can implement DOCSIS 3.1 in the downstream through the purchase of a simple software upgrade, avoiding expensive and often time-consuming hardware replacement.

Stop by the ARRIS booth at SCTE, #1764, and check out our interoperability demo. We’d love to answer any and all of your CCAP migration questions.

Top 5 Blog Post – Week of September 15, 2014

SCTE kicks off next week in Denver, and ARRIS will be on hand to showcase our latest products and solutions. Broadband Technology Report previewed next week’s event, highlighting that our own John Ulm will present on bandwidth capacity planning during the show.

Additionally, Forbes highlighted that cable modem rentals generate between $275 and $300 million in revenue each quarter for Comcast; more than the Sochi Olympics.

According to Rapid TV News, the number of TV sets connected to the Internet will reach nearly one billion by 2020. Separately, Home Media Magazine predicted that online video on mobile devices will constitute more than half of all online video views by the beginning of 2016.

Finally, IP&TV News discussed a survey revealing OTT TV is becoming a convenient, enjoyable and commonly used way to access video content in emerging markets.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Expo Preview: Tech Workshops (Sept. 17) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: Educational opportunities will be abundant next week at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, with 46 technical workshops planned, spanning all four days of the conference. They are segmented into three main tracks with the underlying theme being next-gen.
  2. Comcast: Cable Modem Rentals Contribute More Than Olympics (Sept. 19) By Ken Kam, Forbes: Last week, I explained how Comcast’s and broadband customers who buy their own cable modem are earning 11% per month on their investment.
  3. Connected TV market set to near 1BN mark by 2020 (Sept. 17) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: The number of TV sets connected to the Internet is set to reach 965 million by 2020 according to a report from Digital TV Research.
  4. Report: Mobile Video Use Up, Connected TV Still King (Sept. 15) By Erik Gruenwedel, Home Media Magazine: Despite a surge in video consumption on mobile phones and tablets, most viewers still prefer connected televisions when viewing content longer than 30 minutes, according to new data from Ooyala Global Video Index Q2 2014.
  5. IBC 2014: SPB TV presents OTT survey on emerging markets (Sept. 13) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: On 12 September, at a special IBC Exhibition event with industry experts and media, SPB TV’s Co-Founder Sebastian-Justus Schmidt announced the survey outcomes, sharing developments in the fast-growing consumer base of OTT TV users in emerging markets.

ARRIS Everywhere @ SCTE in Denver

Next week in Denver, ARRIS experts will take the stage at SCTE–15 times in fact! We’ll be discussing several of the latest trends and our perspective on “what’s next” for DOCSIS 3.1,Ultra HD, Wi-Fi QoS, virtualization, and other hot topics. If you’re attending SCTE, make sure to schedule in some of the below sessions and stop by our booth #1764.

We’ll also dive into a few of these topics next week from the show on this blog. And of course, be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Monday, September 22

  • 2:00-3:00 PM: Application of SDN and NFV in the Service Provider Delivery Network (Bruce McClelland – Moderator)
  • 3:15-4:15 PM: The Fiber Toolkit for Expanding Service Capabilities (Leon Venton)

Tuesday, September 23

  • 9:45-10:45 AM: Optimizing Network Performance = Maximizing Customer Experience (Tom Cloonan)
  • 9:45-10:45 AM: Peeling Back the Layers of DOCSIS 3.1 (Ayham Al-Banna)
  • 9:45-10:45 AM: The Impact of the Connected Home on Upstream Capacity (John Ulm)
  • 11:00 AM – Noon: Super-Charging Fiber (Michael Emmendorfer – Moderator)
  • 2:00-5:00 PM: WICT: Tech It Out Keynote (Bob Stanzione)

Wednesday, September 24

  • 9:30-10:30 AM: Going Remote: Exploring New Access Architectures (Mike Emmendorfer)
  • 9:30-10:30 AM: Multicast & Unicast: The Best of Both Worlds to Enable Multiscreen Video (John Ulm)
  • 9:30-10:30 AM: Unique Undertaking: Operating a Distributed Access Network (Steve Krapp)
  • 10:45-11:45 AM: DOCSIS 3.1: Making It Real (Dan Torbet)
  • 10:45-11:45 AM: Once Upon a Time: Continuing the PON Story (Mike Emmendorfer)

Thursday, September 25

  • 12:45-1:45 PM: Migrating to Ultra HD (Sean McCarthy)
  • 12:45-1:45 PM: Wi-Fi: The Quest for Quality (Charles Cheevers)
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: ABR Shoot Out at the Optimization Corral (Santhana Chari)
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: The Smarter Wi-Fi: Co-existing in the Unmanaged Spectrum (Chris Busch)

ARRIS Demonstrating Cloud-based nDVR at SCTE 2014

nDVR has the potential to significantly change how viewers consume entertainment, and the industry isdownload (6) actively discussing the many business and technology advances needed to allow it fully mature. At SCTE 2014, we are demonstrating how service providers can deploy a cost-effective, high-availability nDVR service that is built to scale and expands as required.

Storing content remotely in the cloud means potentially unlimited space, no more lost recordings, and new possibilities for multi-content, multiscreen and multi-room experiences. In May’s Consumer Entertainment Index, we saw that 62% of DVR users have had to delete or move old content to make room for new, which in turn frustrated 74% of survey respondents. We know the demand for nDVR is there, with one in three already interested in an nDVR service even though it is something that isn’t yet widely available.

A deep understanding of audience consumption patterns requires a new approach to analytics, something we are applying to our nDVR solution. At SCTE, we will show in-depth detail on how consumers may use nDVR. Detailed usage data can assist with network planning, help evaluate the popularity of content, track ad views and allow operators to learn more about viewing trends over time.

To further ensure a strong return on the investment for nDVR, we applied dynamic ad insertion technology to ensure that advertising is always current whenever the content is viewed. This has the ability to differentiate existing market offerings and deliver significant additional revenue opportunities for service providers.

The ARRIS nDVR system supports both shared and unique copy capabilities, addressing the various local market requirements for content rights. Just in time (JIT) packaging is also a critical part of a cost-effective nDVR solution. The ARRIS solution stores content in a single format, and utilizes advanced packaging technology to deliver content in multiple formats. Depending on content delivered, this solution can reduce storage costs by 70% or more over conventional approaches.

Our nDVR demonstration is running in a cloud-based architecture, allowing multiple applications to leverage a single platform to enhance scalability, increase reliability and optimize hardware investment.

At ARRIS, we are committed to building a true end-to-end content delivery platform that can take full advantage of the cloud. We already provide a sophisticated range of capabilities which are being migrated into a virtualized cloud environment. Our nDVR solution is a key example how we deliver effective utilization and migration to a cloud based system.

In a specially commissioned report for Videonet we put forward our perspective on how to optimize the delivery of nDVR, its economics, content rights issues and how to create the ideal end-user experience.

If you’re at SCTE, come see how we’re the next generation of DVR for the cloud, in the Colorado Convention Center, Booth #1764.

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