Advancing Wireless Home Networking


Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO, CPE

Whole-home Gigabit is a hot topic. Our ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index recently showed the huge importance of Wi-Fi and increasingly the importance of high-speed high-quality Wi-Fi delivery to every corner of the home. The Bedroom is coming out as the number one location where streamed video was consumed. With the impending delivery of UHD 4K video over Wi-Fi in 2016, the challenge for service providers is selecting the right architecture and network technology to make Gigabit reliable and pervasive while catering to the unique environment in each dwelling.

At this year’s SCTE Expo, I’ll explore the key components of a whole home Gigabit strategy for wireless home networking—including 2.4Ghz vs. 5Ghz, the necessity of multiple AP usage and management, high-speed backhaul technologies and architectures, and new wireless solutions 802.11ad/ay/ax, and more.

I invite you to join the discussion at my workshop on Thursday at 9:30 am CT: Gbps Wi-Fi – Is it Driving a Home Network Topology that Requires an Access Point in Every Room?

The Future of CCAP for HFC

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Tom Cloonan, ARRIS CTO, Networks

The Future of CCAP for Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial (HFC) deployments may follow many different forms, including Higher-Density, headend-based Integrated CCAP Architectures (where all of the processing is in the headend) and Distributed CCAP Architectures (where some or all of the processing is moved from the headend to the fiber node).

Within the class of Distributed CCAP Architectures, there are at least three new next-generation architectural approaches that are being considered: Remote PHY, Remote MACPHY (with EQAM functionality in the headend), and Remote MACPHY (with EQAM functionality in the fiber node).

Distributed CCAP Architectures, or DCAs, have many potential benefits, including:

  1. Reducing space and power requirements in the headend
  2. Supporting more wavelengths on the digital fiber (instead of an AM fiber) to help ease the move to Fiber Deep systems and more fiber nodes
  3. Improving end-to-end signal-to-noise ratios, which can therefore improve DOCSIS® 3.1 transport speeds.

Different operators will undoubtedly choose different architectures going forward, and selecting the right architecture for each operator will be a challenging task.

At this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, I will be presenting a workshop reviewing these three subclasses of DCAs and analyzing the detailed attributes of each subclass in an attempt to help operators as they evaluate these new architectures.

Please join me on Thursday at 9:30 am CT, when I will present key highlights from my paper on the “Looming Challenges and Potential Solutions for Future Distributed CCAP Architecture Systems.”


The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2015 is coming to New Orleans next week, and there will be many opportunities to hear from ARRIS experts on some of the most important topics in cable.

We’re participating in 13 sessions at this year’s show on topics like new CCAP architectures, set-tops for IoT, whole-home Wi-Fi, and more. See below for the full list of ARRIS presenters, and visit us in booth #551 for demonstrations of the technology enabling those trends. Additionally ARRIS technologists will be moderating 4 other sessions during Expo.

Check back here for highlights from the show, and follow us on Twitter for live updates.

Tuesday, October 13

  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Stepping Towards SDN A Service Activation Framework for DOCSIS (Dan Torbet)
  • 3:15-4:15 pm: Modelling the Operational Efficiency of High-Density Statistical Multiplexing for DOCSIS 3.1 (Dr. Sean McCarthy)

Thursday, October 15

  • 9:30-10:30 am: Gbps Wi-Fi – Is it Driving a Home Network Topology that Requires an Access Point in Every Room? (Charles Cheevers)
  • 9:30-10:30 am: Looming Challenges and Potential Solutions for Future Distributed CCAP Architecture Systems (Tom Cloonan)
  • 10:45-11:45 am: Comparing the DOCSIS® 3.1 and HFC Evolution to the FTTH Revolution (Michael Emmendorfer)

Friday, October 16

  • 12:45-1:45 pm: From OBI and SNR to Ookla and Netflix: How Network Impairments Affect Customer Perceptions (Venk Mutalik)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: US Scheduling in the DOCSIS 3.1 Era: Potential & Challenges (Dr. Ayham Al-Banna)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: HFC Transformation to FTTP: The Role of RFoG, PON, and Hybrid Solutions (John Ulm)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: What is the Role of Connected Home Gateways and Set-Tops in the IoT? (Mark Bugasjki)

*all times local CT*

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of September 28, 2015

This week, CED Magazine reported that ARRIS will demo its new network-based power management concept at the upcoming SCTE Expo. Based on ARRIS’s E6000™ CER platform, this proof of concept already achieves up to three-quarters of the SCTE Energy 2020 goal, providing the industry with a foundation for reaching a 20 percent reduction in energy use by the year 2020.

In other industry news, Variety reported the launch of Tribeca Shortlist, a new SVoD service promising hand-picked titles from around the world recommended by actors and directors, as well as industry insiders and influencers.

According to Broadband News, a new report from Strategy Analytics’ Connected Home UX group found that consumers are watching more television and videos than ever before. This trend is attributed to connected media devices providing the convenience of on-demand content.

Media Life Magazine reported on a new study from Evercore, showing that a majority of Millennials do not plan to cut the cord in favor of online streaming and are not averse to paying for entertainment.

Finally, Rapid TV News reported that comScore identified a new demographic known as ‘super viewers,’ characterized as highly engaged multi-platform consumers who crave specific content. This trend is mostly seen across cable networks that create lifestyle or interest-based content around specific categories like cooking, finance, news and sports.

1. ARRIS To Debut New Network-Based Power Management Concept At SCTE (September 29, 2015) By Andrew Winistorfer, CED Magazine: With devices like cable boxes costing as much as $8 a month on customers’ power bills, finding ways to reduce energy costs is tantamount to companies’ future plans. As part of SCTE’s Energy 2020 plan, ARRIS might have a solution: its new proof of concept debuting at SCTE.

2. Tribeca, Lionsgate Launch ‘Shortlist’ Movie SVOD Service with a Human Touch (October 1, 2015) By Todd Spangler, Variety: Streaming service to include 150 curated titles monthly, with lists from guest actors and filmmakers.

3. Connected media devices change viewing behaviour (September 25, 2015) Broadband TV News: Are consumers willing to be locked into one connected media device ecosystem?

4. Fact: Millennials are not big cord-cutters (September 28, 2015) By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine: We tend to think of all Millennials as cord-cutting new technology junkies who have little use for traditional media. But it turns out that’s not quite true.

5. Online video boom heralds rise of the ‘super viewer’ (September 30, 2015) Rapid TV News: A comScore research note has identified the emergence of a new type of consumer of video driven by binge-watching and time-shifted viewing.


Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of September 21, 2015

Advanced Television reported that Turkish operator Turksat selected the ARRIS E6000™ Converged Edge Router to prepare for future IP interactivity and future-proof its eventual service expansion.

The New York Post reported that Nielson’s second-quarter Total Audience Report had good news for Internet-only subscription services as the number of broadband-only homes rose from 2.15 million to 3.28 million.

According to Rapid TV News, the 2015 US Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Study published by JD Power showed that the overall satisfaction with pay-TV service providers increased considerably since last year.

Broadband TV News highlighted a study by Goldmedia showing that more than half of Germans watch television programs and videos on second-screen devices such as smartphones or tablets in parallel to the programs they are following on their TV.

Lastly, IP&TV News reported that total subscription and VOD revenues for 68 pay-TV operators in Asia will go from $10 billion in 2014 to $33 billion by 2020, citing research from The Asia Pacific Pay TV Operator Forecast report.

1. Turksat selects Arris router (September 17, 2015) Advanced Television: Arris Group has announced that Turksat, Turkey’s leading satellite communications and cable TV operator, has selected its E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) to prepare for future IP interactivity and higher speed broadband services.

2. Internet-only homes are becoming the new normal (September 22, 2015) By Claire Atkinson, New York Post: The number of Internet-only homes rose from 2.15 million to 3.28 million. But the report also found that 561,000 of the free TV homes didn’t pony up for Internet service — perhaps a sign more people are relying on their mobile plans to get connected or are getting their Internet service outside of the home.

3. US pay-TV customer satisfaction jumps in 2015 (September 25, 2015) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale: TV satisfaction has increased by 12 points to 723 in 2015 from 711 in 2014, and a significant 24 points to 723 in 2015 from 699 in 2013. The main reason for the overall increase has been a 39 point rise in satisfaction in the network performance and reliability factor during the period.

4. Second-screen gains importance in German TV households (September 24, 2015) By John Krieger, Broadband TV News: The new forms of media consumption are becoming increasingly popular in Germany with more than half (56%) of Germans watching TV programs and videos on smartphones, tablets or laptops.

5. Pay-TV subs set to boom 74% in Asia Pacific (September 23, 2015) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Despite economic growth concerns, pay-TV subscriptions for Asia Pacific’s top 68 operators will increase by 74% from a collective 376 million in 2014 to 535 million by 2020, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.

ARRIS to Demonstrate DOCSIS 3.1 Capabilities at CableLabs

This week, we’re at CableLabs® DOCSIS 3.1 Technology Demonstration Event to give service providers insight into managing the DOCSIS® 3.1 migration.

Our presentation will cover DOCSIS 3.1’s facility for backwards compatibility and scalability to tomorrow’s networks. Specifically, we’ll be demonstrating the following aspects of the technology:

  • How the ARRIS E6000™ CER platform and CMTS product support bonding across DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 downstream channels
  • How a DOCSIS 3.0 upstream channel can simultaneously support DOCSIS 3.1 and DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems

We will also connect a spectrum analyzer to show the concurrent transmission of DOCSIS 3.1 and DOCSIS 3.0 channels.

DOCSIS 3.1 will help operators deliver the speed and performance to deliver tomorrow’s services, and ARRIS is at the forefront of this technology implementation.

And very soon, we’ll be unveiling several new advanced broadband DOCSIS 3.1 devices. Stay tuned!

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