Video Interview with ARRIS CEO Bob Stanzione: Pace Acquisition

As you’ve probably heard, ARRIS just acquired Pace.

It’s a big deal. It’s going to transform our industry and affect the way that millions of people watch TV and connect to the Internet and to each other.

We thought the news might leave you with some questions, so we went straight to Bob Stanzione, Chairman and CEO of ARRIS, for answers to the biggest ones on people’s minds.

Check out our video interview with Bob, below, and hear why we acquired Pace, what it means for ARRIS today, and how that’s changing the way our company is preparing for the future.

Hub Densification, A Fancy Way of Saying We Can Save You Space and Money

A cable operator’s headend is jam packed with specialized equipment to deliver content to 10 densified POD (3)thousands of people. Space is at a premium, more equipment means higher electrical bills and increased cooling capacity.  New facilities are capital intensive and time consuming to get up and running.

ARRIS understands the situation… and the challenge of scaling an already crowded facility to provide tomorrow’s services.  That’s why we developed our Hub Densification Service.

Our team of engineers and project managers works with cable operators to redesign their headends and hubs.  The team focuses on changes that will save or recover space, cut down on power consumption, and reduce the cooling needed to keep equipment functioning properly.

The Hub Densification Service benefits greatly from the fact that ARRIS’s solutions are designed to pack a lot of functionality into a small box.  Our portfolio offers cable operators a variety of options for reaching the capacity and scalability they need in an uniquely small footprint: like our E6000 Converged Edge Router, APEX3000, and new RF management technologies, which all require minimal rack space and power.

Our team builds-out the racks at an off-site location and then brings them in (including OEM and third-party products) ready to install—minimizing impact on current operations.

The resulting solutions can reduce operating expenses (reduced power bills and reduced staffing  -as compared to operating two facilities) and capital expense (avoiding, potentially, millions of dollars in real estate investment).

For more information, contact  us here.

Maltese MSO Melita Launches Free Wi-Fi Trial Bringing Broadband-on-the-Go to the Community of Paceville

Extending traditional broadband packages by offering Wi-Fi access beyond the home is fast becoming an important differentiator for service providers looking to attract new customers while reducing existing customer churn rates.

One of the challenges to creating a community wide Wi-Fi service is to do so cost effectively while ensuring the Wi-Fi rates are at a level that subscribers value. The economics surrounding optimized connectivity and a quality Wi-Fi experience can at times present a challenging business case…unless of course, existing cable network investments can be leveraged.

This is exactly what Maltese internet service provider Melita is doing with the launch of a free cable Wi-Fi trial service in the Paceville area of Malta, one of the main centres of tourism on the Island. 

Motorola’s Cable Wi-Fi is a natural extension of any cable broadband network. The technology now exists to easily place Cable Wi-Fi base stations just about anywhere access to the cable network can be found.  Given the inherent nature of cable’s existing backhaul capabilities and other infrastructural advantages, Melita can target dense community areas, and other venues – meaning fast, reliable wireless Internet can be available to customers in more places.

Wireless internet access is an enabling technology. It connects people, stimulating local commerce and opening up many new business opportunities. The service from Melita is just one example of a growing number of cable Wi-Fi services that are providing fast, reliable Internet access to more and more locations around the world. That’s good news for service providers, consumers and the local and regional economies they support.

For more information on Motorola Cable Wi-Fi solutions, visit:

Video: Motorola Cable Wi-Fi Solutions

White Paper: Wi-Fi: The Next Frontier for Cable Operators

Data Sheets: Motorola Cable Wi-Fi Portfolio

Driving the Future of Communications and Entertainment: ARRIS Gears up for the 2017 SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo

SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017 is upon us! It feels like only yesterday that we wrapped for SCTE 2016.  So much has happened in the last 12 months, and our industry is evolving rapidly: the only constant is change.

The theme of this year’s Expo – the Next Big… – is itself an indicator of that change and progress. It hints at the opportunity in front of all of us, and we are sure that everyone on the ground in Denver is going to walk away brimming with excitement for what’s next.

ARRIS – Driving the Future of Communications and Entertainment

We know change; in fact, we’ve led a lot of it for our industry. The growing demands for bandwidth, services and experiences are creating new challenges and putting pressure on existing infrastructure. In response, ARRIS is designing and delivering state-of-the-art technologies, products and solutions that will enable the next-generation networks that service providers need to meet subscriber requirements.

We are developing broadband and Wi-Fi® technologies that connect consumers at multi-gigabit speeds. We are helping service providers unleash the power of cutting-edge platforms like Distributed Access Architectures to build better networks. We are investing in new technological areas, like CBRS, to reinforce our offering. And we are delivering new solutions that help service providers deliver the constant connectivity that their customers desire.

The future is coming fast, and ARRIS is always looking ahead.

CEO and Expert Panels, Plus More!

As you’d expect, the ARRIS team will once again be making a big splash. Our CEO, Bruce McClelland, is participating in an exclusive, invitation-only CEO panel, where Jeff Baumgartner, editor of Multichannel News will engage Bruce and Dave Watson, President and CEO of Comcast Cable, in a discussion on the current and future state of the industry. Want to know what’s coming next? Join Bruce, Dave and Jeff at the Annual Awards Luncheon, Wednesday October 18th, at the Mile High Ballroom.

Our team of experts will be joining a variety of panels, examining key issues in the cable industry. Be sure to check out ARRIS’s CTOs: Tom Cloonan discussing Traffic Engineering Optimization and Charles Cheevers’ panel on Enhancing the Interactive Experience. The full schedule is available on the Expo’s web site.

We’ll also be announcing exciting partnerships with some of the industry’s biggest names, and wowing conference-goers with first-looks at our latest innovations and inventions. But most importantly, we’ll be unveiling our vision for the future of communications, entertainment and cable technology.

The Next Big….Demo’!

At our booth, we’ll be demo’ing an excellent array of new solutions including….

  • Flexible Architecture: We’ll be showcasing our next-generation Gigabit flexible deployment technologies. Solutions that allow operators to start with common core elements in each of the major system areas affected – video delivery, broadband data services and the access infrastructure – and enable them to evolve as the operators’ needs change.
  • Video Core: Within our flexible architecture, we’re showing our video core delivery technology -  a virtualized set of functions that will support video delivery (program streams and VOD) needs for IP video and QAM.
  • HomeAssure™: We’ll be showcasing one of the most comprehensive sets of tools for delivering a best-in-class, residential  Wi-Fi experience. The Wi-Fi connected home is the current customer service challenge; learn how our managed consumer-first solution can simplify the subscriber’s experience. Designed to deliver an extended, controlled and managed home network with mobile apps to minimize service and OPEX costs.
  • Service Provider Wi-Fi: Our pre-integrated carrier-class Wi-Fi solution provides a quick-to-market, pay-as-you-go approach to offering community and MDU Wi-Fi services.
  • HEVC End-to-End Delivery: Our ME-7000 converged compression platform is focused on the efficient delivery of high-quality linear broadcast video at HD, 4K and the leading HDR definitions for content and service providers looking for an appliance solution that is more powerful and space/power-efficient than a software-based approach.
  • User Experience Set-Top Platforms: Come see the latest generation of hardware combined with key middleware platforms to support the next generation of flexible service delivery and UHD, HD and OTT video services.

See ARRIS – and meet Xfinity Series Champion NASCAR driver, Daniel Suarez – at booth #1595!

Please be sure to stop by the ARRIS booth, #1595 where, alongside ARRIS’s excellent innovations, you’ll find the #19 ARRIS NASCAR race car on display. Driver and Xfinity Series Champion, Daniel Suárez, will also be doing a meet and greet on Thursday afternoon.

See you in Denver!

ARRIS Lowell Facility Delivers on Commitment to Sustainability

Recently, our Cross Point Towers office and lab in Lowell, Massachusetts, underwent a major Lowell pic outsideconsolidation to reduce not only our physical footprint in the area, but also our environmental impact.

The project, spearheaded by the ARRIS Global Real Estate and Workplace Services team and Jones Lang LaSalle, in partnership with ARRIS Lowell-based Engineering teams, ultimately reduced the facility’s real estate footprint by more than 26 percent in only three months. With the unique needs of the Engineering teams in mind, a program was developed to ensure that the space design and infrastructure provided flexibility to accommodate lab changes and growth.

The project team partnered with leading environmental sustainability vendors to reduce the project’s carbon footprint, VOC (volatile organic compound) building materials, and overall waste.

Contractors hired for the project followed strict eco-sustainable practices, reused and repurposed more than half a million dollars in materials for use in local schools and the community, raised thousands of dollars in a silent auction for Cystic Fibrosis, and worked with specialized recyclers to divert more than 320,000 pounds of materials from landfill. New, zero-landfill furniture packaging enabled the team to recycle 100 percent (or 1,000 pounds) of its packaging materials, while construction demolition and waste management diversion initiatives recycled over 70 percent of construction waste, and diverted nearly 125 tons of it from landfill.

The responsibility initiatives also saved tens of thousands in energy rebates and freight costs while laying the groundwork for the facility to save thousands of dollars each year in energy costs.

In total, the project team’s corporate, social, and environmental responsibility initiatives achieved more than $232,000 in savings, diverted more than 636,000 pounds of waste, and contributed more than $526,000 in value to the community—showing that a commitment to doing the right thing can be good for business as well.

Find out more about ARRIS company-wide corporate, social, and environmental initiatives on our Corporate Responsibility site.

The Best Place to Put Your Router… Is Not Inside of a Book Binder

Your router is like a fine wine. You get much more out of it when you let it breathe.NA_COMM_060517_SocialMedia_BadWifi_web_v1

At ARRIS, we like design; we like our pendant lamps and our “open concept” living spaces. We also like it when our Wi-Fi® works. And just like you, we expect it to work all the time. One way to ensure the fast and flawless performance of your wireless router or gateway is to put it out in the open, as our engineers intended.

If you cover up your router, you risk compromising your Wi-Fi performance, create a lack of ventilation and reduce your product’s lifespan. Just don’t do it.

And remember: placement is actually one of the most important factors when it comes to Wi-Fi performance. Check out the reasons and our recommendations, here.

So while covering up your router may seem like a good idea at the time, you’ll likely look back on the decision as people did with their water beds in the 70s: totally unnecessary, barely functional, and potentially damaging.

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