Educating Educators: ARRIS Hosts Teacher Development Day in Philly

Recently, ARRIS brought in teachers from all over the Philadelphia School District for a full-day IMG_0980survey course on tomorrow’s entertainment and communications technology.

We opened up our Horsham Customer Experience Center to host the Spring 2015 Philadelphia School Teacher Professional Development Day—giving local teachers a glimpse of how we help service providers bring new technology and experiences—like 4K, multiscreen, and high-speed broadband—to homes in the Philadelphia metro area.

Our own Global Services manager, Kim Andrews, volunteered the ARRIS Horsham campus for the event as a way to bring community educators up to speed on how a local technology leader is collaborating with its customers to Invent the Future for millions of people around the world—while offering some inspiration as to the kinds of  jobs, innovation, and experiences that await local students.

“Our presentations included recommendations to energize the ‘conversations between teachers and students,’ ” said Kim. “And hopefully, they’ll jumpstart interest from students in the local tech industry.”

ARRIS Announces the General Availability of AgileMax™ and Introduces HPON™ (Hybrid Passive Optical Network) Architecture

Today, we’re proud to announce the general availability of AgileMax, our revolutionary HPONAgileMax_Front(hybrid passive optical network) solution to completely eliminate Optical Beat Interference (OBI) in Advanced DOCSIS, FTTP deployments.

The AgileMax demo packed our booth at last year’s SCTE because of our promise to eliminate OBI—one of the long-standing challenges to deploying fiber to the home (FTTH) with RFoG technology. OBI is a chronic performance issue caused by multiple Optical Network Units (ONUs) communicating at the same time over the same fiber, resulting in unpredictable performance only worsened by network advances like DOCSIS 3.1. OBI has plagued RFoG deployments and prevented mass rollouts for over a decade, until now…

AgileMax— the backbone of ARRIS’s HPON solution – enables the industry’s only OBI free, DOCSIS based FTTP solution. The ARRIS AgileMax engine enables previously unachievable split ratios, reaches, and data rates, while remaining completely transparent to traditional PON solutions. AgileMax and HPON are CMTS, ONU, and cable modem agnostic—making this the most  flexible, cost-effective, operationally efficient and future-ready solution available. AgileMax promises to revolutionize fiber deployments around the world.

Find out more about AgileMax and HPON here.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 23, 2015

This week, Multichannel News covered Wurl’s announcement that its 1Guide streaming platform has rolled out to WideOpenWest subscribers in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Michigan via WOW’s “Streamland” service, which is available on its ARRIS-made Ultra set-tops.

In other industry news, TV News Check highlighted a MoffettNathanson Research study that found that new over-the-top (OTT) services that offer no or limited broadcast networks are not likely to be as attractive to consumers.

Separately, Digital TV Europe reported new findings from market intelligence agency Mintel that show that streaming video on demand (SVoD) is set to account for 38 percent of the total UK video market by 2019.

Broadband TV News included coverage of a recent ABI Research report that shows that the worldwide pay TV market generated $257 billion in 2014 and is on track to surpass 1.1 billion subscribers in 2020.

Finally, The Washington Post noted that broadband speeds are expanding nationwide and that all but seven states saw increases in average connection speeds between the third and fourth quarters of 2014, indicating that Internet connection capacity across the country will continue to grow.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Wurl’s Streaming Platform Powers WOW’s Integrated OTT (March 25) By Leslie Jaye Goff, Multichannel News: Wurl, a provider of streaming-video programming to pay TV operators, confirmed Wednesday that its 1Guide streaming platform has rolled out to WideOpenWest subscribers via the cable system’s “Streamland” service in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Michigan. Streamland is WOW’s branded over-the-top streaming service available on its Ultra TV set-tops, which are manufactured by Arris.
  2. Study: OTT Services Need Broadcast Nets (March 25) By Harry A. Jessell, TV News Check: The best hope of the new breed of OTT TV services is for them to include the broadcast networks, which reach seven times more viewers than the average cable network and two times more than the most popular cable networks.
  3. UK SVoD market to pass £1 billion by 2019 (March 23) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: The subscription video streaming market in the UK is due to exceed revenues of £1 billion (€1.37 billion) by 2019, and account for 38% of the total UK video market, according to new research.
  4. Global pay TV subscribers to surpass 1.1 billion in 2020 (March 26) By Staff Writer, Broadband TV News: The worldwide pay TV market grew at a steady rate of 4% in 2014 to reach 923.5 million subscribers, according to ABI Research.
  5. Map: The state of broadband in the states (March 25) By Niraj Chokshi, The Washington Post: Broadband speeds are expanding nationwide and the conditions seem good for even more growth.

ARRIS to Showcase Big Data Analytics and Enhanced Networking Solutions at CCBN

ARRIS is showcasing its portfolio of transformative network and analytics technologies at this logo_enyear’s China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition – Broadcasting Development Forum (CCBN-BDF) event.

Attendees at CCBN will get to learn more about the solutions that address the big concerns for operators and experience first-hand how ARRIS can deliver tomorrow’s advanced TV services:

Big Data Analytics

Big data, one of the hottest topics in technology. Collecting metadata on consumer behavior can help operators in many ways, such as: improve service to consumers, create more targeted advertising, and measure the effectiveness of advertising. ARRIS will be demonstrating LIVE analytics data to illustrate the power of Big Data Analytics on the CCBN.

Transforming Networks

ARRIS is transforming networks to deliver tomorrow’s viewing experiences:

  • The market-leading ARRIS E6000™ Converged Edged Router (CER) will once again be a focus for operators in China looking to offer advanced TV and network         services to consumers. The flagship product has become the industry standard for quality of service and reliability (99.999% availability) and is already delivering      1Gbps broadband speeds in Asia with SK Broadband.
  • The ARRIS AgileMax™ is an exciting new breakthrough in FTTH network technology called Hybrid PON, or HPON. Next‐generation AgileMax™ optical      distribution technology allows operators to deploy a fiber to the premise network that integrates seamlessly with existing HFC, increases bandwidth capacity, provides a seamless migration path to PON and completely eliminates Optical Beat Interference (OBI).
  • ARRIS ServAssure™ Network  Performance Management ensures the continuity and efficiency of networks. Providing complete transparency of network health, it highlights VoIP and high-speed data performance and network quality issues through proven analytics.

“CCBN is an important event in the calendar for us. This year’s event looks to be one of the most successful years yet for us. ARRIS will showcase a compelling portfolio of products, for the next generation entertainment services. Our product line-up supports operators to deliver advanced products and services to consumers within a fast-paced industry said Tim Gropp, Senior Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific at ARRIS.

ARRIS will be exhibiting at the CCBN event (26-28th March 2015) at Booth No: 3203, Hall 3 – Beijing China International Exhibition Center (CIEC).

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 16, 2015

This week, several outlets, including Multichannel News, highlighted the announcement that the ARRIS E6000 next-gen network access platform will be used by SK Broadband to deliver 1 Gbps broadband service and capacity support to the South Korean company’s 2.6 million IPTV customers.

Separately, Digital TV Europe included video interviews of ARRIS’s Steve McCaffery, senior vice president – EMEA, and Cornel Ciocirlan, chief technology officer – EMEA, on the future of WiFi in the connected home and how DOCSIS® 3.1 is helping cable stay competitive with fiber.

The Wirecutter recommended the ARRIS SURFboard®SB6141 modem for consumers looking to purchase their own, also noting that it is the most popular and well-reviewed cable modem in its class.

In other industry news, Rapid TV News reported focus group data from Sanford Bernstein which indicated that, while most participants subscribe to over-the-top (OTT) content services, the diversity of programming and convenient access of traditional pay-TV are keeping them from cutting the cord.

Finally, CED highlighted new findings from Leichtman Research Group that show that 81 percent of households surveyed in the U.S. have at least one HDTV, a steep increase from 46 percent four years ago.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Makes 1-Gig Assist (March 16) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris said SK Broadband of South Korea is tapping its next-gen network access platform, the E6000, to deliver 1 Gbps broadband service and to provide the necessary capacity to support an IP-based 4K video offering that was announced by the service provider last August.
  2. Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Steve McCaffery and Cornel Ciocirlan, Arris (March 18) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: WiFi is making the home truly connected and operators need the industry to come together to provide an intuitive user experience, according to Steve McCaffery, SVP, EMEA, Arris.
  3. The Best Cable Modem (March 18) By David Murphy, The Wirecutter: If you’re paying for cable Internet, you’re probably paying a separate monthly fee for the privilege of renting a cable modem from your ISP.
  4. Despite the hype, cord-cutting isn’t making sense for consumers (March 19) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: While there’s interest in cord-cutting among pay-TV subscribers, the actual phenomenon isn’t yet happening in large numbers.
  5. Four out of five households choose HD (March 16) By Helena Fahnrich, CED: Four out of five of households (81 percent) surveyed in the U.S. now currently have at least one HDTV.

Sandy Howe Recognized as Multichannel News Wonder Woman

Our own Sandy Howe, SVP of Global Marketing, made Multichannel News 2015 list of “WonderFullSizeRender Women”—celebrating the top female executives in telecommunications.

For the past 17 years, Multichannel News’ editorial team and the New York chapter of Women In Cable Telecommunications (WICT) have selected the top industry decision-makers for this prestigious award.

Today, at an awards luncheon in the Hilton New York, they welcomed Sandy and the 12 other inductees to the elite group. Sandy is the first ARRIS employee to be named a Wonder Woman and was selected for her extraordinary accomplishments in guiding ARRIS’s global marketing, communications and market development.

Congratulations, Sandy! You’re a superhero to all of us at ARRIS and an inspiration to our industry.

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