The future is wireless: the future is here for MultiChoice customers

Consumer demand for a life without wires is a key challenge that occupies us at ARRIS. We’ve become accustomed to an untethered world. 20 years of Wi-Fi and wireless innovations have certainly seen to that.

Driving home the point even further: our last Consumer Entertainment Index revealed three quarters of those aged 16-24 want to watch TV anywhere.

We’re therefore excited when we can share how we’ve helped even more people go wireless. This is now the case for customers of MultiChoice, which has launched its latest DStv WiFi Connector solution. This gives DStv customers in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa the ability to enjoy connected services such as video on demand with DStv Catch-Up Plus, Remote Recording and ShowMax, South Africa’s premier streaming service, through their existing decoder, wherever it is in the home.

The new DStv WiFi Connector

The new DStv WiFi Connector

In simpler terms, it means the convenience to connect your TV experience in any room in the home, without the need to run cables.

We’re seeing greater demand from consumers who wish to unlock the added value that comes from conveniently connecting their decoders or set-top to the internet. This solution is designed to perform in today’s digital home: simply attaching the sleek USB stick to the DStv Explora opens up a whole new world of content to MultiChoice customers without the need for an Ethernet cable.

The new DStv Wi-Fi Connector, developed by ARRIS, features the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology to provide reliable HD quality video and backwards compatibility for older Wi-Fi networks.

This latest partnership reflects the strengthening of our relationship with MultiChoice, which spans almost a decade. MultiChoice launched its first HD PVR with ARRIS in 2008. ARRIS has also supplied the DStv Explora since 2013

How to Navigate this Connected World

By Radhika Sarang,Director of Global Consumer Product Marketing at McAfee.

By Radhika Sarang,Director of Global Consumer Product Marketing at McAfee.

This blog was written in collaboration with Kishore Jotwani, Sr. Director of Marketing & Business Development for Intel’s Wireless Consumer Infrastructure Platforms and Bill Zhou, VP of product management, ARRIS. 

Doors locked, windows shut, and alarm set. I should be safe… right?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an ever-growing force that makes my everyday life easier. With real-world applications aplenty, I can’t imagine my life without IoT devices. Fitness wearables allow me to stay on track with my health goals, smart home security cameras keep my family and home safe, and even my smart oven helps me step up my cooking skills.

Unfortunately, as with anything else, there are two sides to this coin. Highlighted events over the past year have shown us that IoT devices, if not properly secured, can be vulnerable to attacks. In October of 2016,  the Dyn DDoS attack leveraged, and infected, countless connected devices to shut down several popular sites, like Spotify and Twitter. Similarly, the Mirai malware used vulnerable IoT devices, forming them into a botnet army, to stake its claim.

Now more than ever, it’s clear we live in an interconnected world, in which our homes present new opportunities for entry—and I don’t mean breaking a window. Instead of only having to worry about a physical break-in, we’re faced with the threat of a cyber break-in—one that aims to compromise connected home gadgets, and personal data to boot.

I use connected devices to help make my life easier and streamline everyday processes, but without proper security, I’m left as a sitting duck. Also, with the growing number of IoT devices in my home, they’re all competing for network bandwidth and slow down my network speed.

So, what can you do to keep your home, and your family’s data and devices secure without sacrificing network speed?

The most important thing to note is that cybercriminals rely on the assumption that we, as consumers, won’t be proactive when it comes to properly locking down our smart home devices, and the accounts connected to them.

By following these tips, you can stay proactive and beat cybercriminals at their own game:

  • Stay updated: Do your research on smart home devices, and choose the most secure one you can get your hands on. Also, always keep your devices’ software up to date to practice optimal security.
  • Change it up: If you purchase a new, connected device for your home, change the default password right away. Need some help creating a secure login for it? We’ve got you covered.
  • Safety first: Implement a solution that keeps all your smart home devices secure. For an extra layer of security, you can onboard two different routers for your home, dedicating one specifically to your IoT devices. Having one network for your connected devices and another for your other personal devices (laptop and mobile) is considered a best practice. That way, if a hacker gains access of one network, your devices on the other network are safe.
  • Have a one-stop shop: Look for a solution that offers protection at the home network level, like ARRIS Secure Home Internet by McAfee®, now available in the ARRIS SURFboard SBG7580-AC gateway. Because this solution is directly embedded in the gateway, it automatically protects your connected gadgets, without slowing down your network speed.

Remember, cybercriminals are expecting us to slip up with security, so it’s important to stay on top of it. Stay informed on smart home protection best practices, and show those hackers who’s boss!

Interested in learning more about mobile security tips and trends? Follow @McAfee_Home on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

Pit Stop with Daniel Suárez

We recently caught up with ARRIS Racing driver Daniel Suárez for a rapid fire interview. If you’re a NA_COMM_020317_Social Media DSuarez_web_v1 (1)NASCAR fan, you probably know that Daniel’s the first Latin American driver to race full-time in the XFINITY Series—and also the first to win it! But did you know that he speaks Portuguese and can’t live without sushi?

Here are our 19 questions with Daniel Suarez in 3, 2, 1…

  • What are you most excited this season? Competing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The competition is tough, but I think I’m doing pretty well this so far!
  • Who has mentored you through your racing journey? My dad and Jimmy Morales (Director of NASCAR México).
  • What do you like to do in your spare time? I own VW Beetles and enjoy working on them every chance I get.
  • What’s the best advice you have ever received? Always give your best, because there is someone who is always working harder than you.
  • What do you do to prep for a race? I watch a lot of movies of past races and talk to my crew chief and teammates.
  • What is your favorite movie? The movie “Driven.” I can watch it over and over again especially when I travel.
  • Name your three favorite foods? Sushi. Sushi. Sushi. :P
  • What’s your biggest pet peeve? People driving slow in the left lane.
  • What other languages do you speak? English, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Are you used to being a celebrity yet? No. I don’t think I will ever get use to it. :P
  • What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas. It’s a chance to spend time with my family in Monterrey, Mexico who I don’t see often because of my busy career.
  • What’s the last picture that you took on your phone? A pic of myself working out at the gym.
  • Who is your favorite sponsor? :P
  • What’s your favorite tech gadget that you absolutely cannot live without and why? My cell phone. It keeps me connected to the people and things that matter most.
  • Do you like to surf the internet? If so, what do you most commonly search for? Yes, with a great connection, I can spend all day looking a vintage cars.
  • What’s your favorite online video game? NASCAR 2017. If you haven’t played yet, definitely, check it out!
  • Are you a night owl or morning person? Night owl.
  • Are you messy or a neat freak? Neat freak for sure!
  • Who is your celebrity crush? I have a few. :P

ARRIS SURFboard® Racecar with McAfee® and Best Buy Unveil

What combines top speeds, cybersecurity protection and a top destination for deals? That would be the ARRIS SURFboard race car with our new McAfee and Best Buy paint scheme.

This weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Daniel Suárez will be racing the #19 ARRIS Toyota with a new car wrap to celebrate the launch of our first gateway with ARRIS Secure Home Internet by McAfee, available exclusively* at Best Buy.

The ARRIS SURFboard SBG7580-AC with ARRIS Secure Home Internet by McAfee delivers wired and wireless gigabit broadband speeds and cybersecurity protection to devices in your home— including IoT devices – all in one device. Its available now at BestBuy.com for $199.99, which includes three years of McAfee protection (approximately $240** savings) and three months of McAfee Live Safe. So it basically pays for itself in… record time.

Watch our video to find out how it works. Catch Daniel in Michigan on August 13th at 3pm ET on NBCSN.  And check out our Twitter @ARRIS for live updates from the race.

 
* Exclusively at Best Buy until Sept 30, 2017.

**An approximate value of $240 when compared to comparable offerings.

DATA CENTER OPTIONS: MOVING THE CLOUD TO THE EDGE

By Rich Soucie Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise Global Managed Services at ARRIS

By Rich Soucie Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise Global Managed Services at ARRIS

Hyperscalers and other cloud service providers, like Amazon, Facebook and Uber, with their millions of servers apiece, are constantly in search of new ways to grow and scale.  Over the past five years the number of internet users has grown at a rate of more than ten new user per second! And today’s internet currently transmits over 47,000 Gigabytes of traffic every second! In order to meet mounting network demand from internet and social economies, and deliver fast, reliable service, these global network operators are increasingly shifting computing, application, and content resources closer to local markets.

This shift opens up two major opportunity areas: adaptation of existing telco central office infrastructure and the rapid integration of co-location or interconnect facilities into cloud-based networks. Both have the net effect of making application and platform service delivery easier to activate for customers.

The central office’s classic architecture is ideal for minimizing CAPEX and maximizing real estate usage and through its redundant HVAC, NEBS compliance and substantial peering to larger carriers and routes. And with close to 20,000 central offices in the U.S. alone, this option offers many pathways for shifting infrastructure closer to the edge.

Additionally, today’s software defined networks and distributed computing architectures are simpler to implement—making it easier to turn up capacity and application services.   If providers leverage existing interconnection facilities with the right power utilization effectiveness mix, they can accelerate applications and aggregate traffic, funneling data efficiently into collection and analytics systems.

ARRIS’s broad portfolio of cloud, data center, and fiber-centric solutions is uniquely positioned to help providers re-architect smaller central offices and interconnect facilities into highly-effective data centers at scale and at the right cost. We’ve helped bring over 400 data centers and over 100,000 km of fiber online.  For more information, reach out to us here.

ARRIS Receives Gold EcoVadis Rating

GOLD STATUS BADGEIn line with our guiding values to put our customers first, for two years in a row, ARRIS has achieved a Gold status rating from sustainability firm EcoVadis for our efforts in corporate responsibility. Seventeen of our major customers use the EcoVadis assessment to score their suppliers.

This year’s rating places us within the top 3 percent of communications equipment manufacturers and within 1 percent of all businesses assessed by EcoVadis.

We are proud of our progress to date and will continue to build upon our efforts.  For more information regarding our ARRIS Corporate Responsibility initiatives, please check out our Corporate Responsibility Report.

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