The Nuts and Bolts of Broadband – evolving access architectures at SCTE Autumn Lecture

Tal Laufer, Director, Product Management, CMTS/CCAP, ARRIS

Tal Laufer, Director, Product Management, CMTS/CCAP, ARRIS

This week, I will be speaking at the SCTE UK Autumn Lecture Meeting – “The Nuts and Bolts of Broadband” – covering evolution in access architectures.

Many operators plan to attend the event and will be asking the same question: How can we evolve our network to support growing bandwidth demands, driven by the crazy number of new applications and increases in consumption of services like UHD and virtual reality?

During my presentation I will provide guidance, based on the studies and investigations the ARRIS team has undertaken, to assess the different evolution paths available for operators.

It is a common assumption that PON will be the chosen path for greenfield deployments. However, with the up-and-coming innovations in the DOCSIS domain, operators can achieve competitive service tiers, possibly at lower cost. New innovative technologies, such as DOCSIS 3.1 and Full Duplex DOCSIS will also enable high speeds to existing subscribers, who represent the vast majority of cable operators’ subscribers. For existing subscribers using the HFC network today, operators are looking for cost effective solutions to provide high-speed tiers, with minimal change to their plant, and therefore lower capex investment.

ARRIS is geared up to help cable operators find their optimal solution, which is also dependent on geographical dispersion, financial capabilities, and the traffic engineering requirements unique to their subscribers. I will outline the various solutions and architectures during my presentation “Delivering Gigabit Speed and beyond to the Home – Next Evolution in Access Architecture” on Wednesday, October 19th, at 10:30am.

Tal Laufer, Director, Product Management – CMTS/CCAP

Connecting the dots for an IoT future at Broadband World Forum

Ian Wheelock, ARRIS Engineering Fellow

Ian Wheelock, ARRIS Engineering Fellow

This week, I will be speaking at Broadband World Forum about how to use the home gateway as the enabler for advanced services and IoT support in the home. The event comes at a time when home connectivity is evolving and services providers are preparing for the next generation of connected devices and equipment.

Make no mistake, IoT will be one of the exacters of change as service providers work to provide sufficient bandwidth to connect a growing number of devices. But this isn’t just about the sheer number of devices, it’s also important to note the added complexity that will be introduced to home networks. The lack of cohesion stemming from third-party solutions brings a new set of problems to service providers. And with IoT vendors now able to have direct conversations with consumers, existing relationships that service providers have with end users could change.

In the coming years, we’ll see more IoT solutions enter the home that will enable home automation, energy control and health monitoring. Reliable and robust Wi-Fi throughout the home will be key to ensuring quality of experience of these innovative new services. ARRIS constantly researches new ways to enhance the capabilities of home gateways, enabling operators to provide these services with the quality required for a seamless experience. I will be discussing how at Broadband World Forum.

Join my presentation “Leveraging current and future gateway devices to unify the disaggregated smart home dilemma” on Tuesday, 18th October @ 16.45.

Ian Wheelock, ARRIS Engineering Fellow

New ARRIS E6000 CER Advanced Training Courses

e6000_heroOur E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) is the industry’s leading CCAP platform. It provides service to millions of subscribers around the world, and now features DOCSIS® 3.1 capabilities to help deliver new gigabit services.

Because of the E6000’s popularity, ARRIS Training now offers an expanded curriculum featuring advanced courses that go beyond basic operations. The new, self-paced courses build on existing foundational courses and are followed by a capstone, lab-intensive, instructor-led classroom training session that will be available in December.

ARRIS Training students who have taken the E6000 CER Basic Operations course are eligible to sign up for our E6000 CER Advanced Troubleshooting course suite. It consists of four eLearning courses:

  • E6D301: E6000 CER Cable Modem Registration
  • E6D302: E6000 CER Theft of Service Prevention
  • E6D303: E6000 CER RF Impairments
  • E6D304: E6000 CER Troubleshooting Capacity and Bandwidth

Our instructor-led capstone course launching in December will feature real-world problem solving.

For more information on our advanced courses or to sign up, please contact Gina Fanelli Ahern.

Allseen Alliance and OCF Merger will Benefit both Developers and Users


by Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE, ARRIS

In the world of IoT, there can be confusing options for protocols. Today’s announcement of the merger of OCF and the AllSeen Alliance marks a great leap forward in simplifying the options for both developers and consumers alike. With a single OCF solution that combines the best of IoTivity and AllJoyn – and the expert workforce behind them – there is now a rich open source option available for developers to build devices that will truly interoperate and work together.

This solution offers both a consistent and singular onboarding experience with the ability for developers to also add support of other relevant solutions – such as Thread, ZigBee and Bluetooth – through plug-ins. A rich feature set for both onboarding and security capability, coupled with a set of supported cloud protocols that range from residential, smart city and M2M industrial applications make the OCF option a compelling choice for developers and users. Now with the ability to create a single aggregation home hub point for connecting to the best-in-class smart devices, the home will be decluttered from multiple hubs for different proprietary solutions; this will provide a common application platform for the top-notch devices to continue to thrive.

The ARRIS IOT enabled TG346x class of Wireless AP and IoT Hub solutions will allow a single device to support both Wi-Fi®, 802.15.4 and BT devices using an IoTivity platform supporting Thread, ZigBee and BLE. This is the kind of simple and home-friendly ergonomic solution that users are looking for and can support through OCF/IoTivity platform onboarding multi-protocol device solutions – giving the user choice in end smart device through a single point of communication to the device and cloud.

Want to hear more? Join us at Broadband World Forum, next week in London when Ian Wheelock, ARRIS Engineering Fellow will present on “Leveraging current and future gateway devices to unify the disaggregated smart home dilemma” (Tuesday 18th October @ 16.45).

ARRIS SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo– Photo Recap

Last week, at SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo™ the cable telecommunications engineering event of the year —ARRIS led out some of the most compelling conversations about the future, from our booth on the show floor.

We met with service provider customers, media and industry analysts to share the latest technology and strategies for delivering services like gigabit, 4K, and IoT. And our experts led discussions on hot industry topics like virtual and augmented reality, DOCSIS® 3.1, and machine learning in network operations—including a panel of top industry executives moderated by our own executive chairman, Bob Stanzione-that advanced the conversation on distributed network architectures, virtualization, and managed Wi-Fi®.

In case you weren’t able to make it, check out a few pictures from this year’s show below.


EMEA Channel Conference 2016

This week, we hosted almost 40 of our EMEA Channel partners at the ARRIS Channel Conference, which took place this year in the UK. It’s an annual opportunity for us to build on our close relationships with our local partners and share the vision, product innovation and expertise that serves our mutual growth strategies in EMEA.

The event included keynotes, training sessions, one-to-one meetings, and workshops over the course of a week. Our ARRIS Home Experience Center showed our channel partners how they can engage with their customers on product showcases and future technology discussions.

Click here for more information about the ARRIS Channel Program.

Wednesday evening saw a gala awards dinner, where we recognized the winners of the EMEA Channel Awards 2016 – including Normann Engineering, Lucas Telecom, SDT ELECTRÓNICA, Telco, Vector, Telegroup, Eurostars Communications, Klonex and Improware.

Congratulations to the nominees, winners and all who have contributed to our continued success!

Here are some photos from the awards ceremony:

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