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.

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:

Putting a Box around Wi-Fi® Performance @ Cable Tec 2016

People of ARRIS

Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” declared science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. Said another way, great technology is seamless and invisible: it shouldn’t get in the way of the experience. And the same is true for Wi-Fi.

But there are myriad measures and underlying forces that must align perfectly to make Wi-Fi indistinguishable from magic and meet today’s customer demand.

This month at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016, Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS, will discuss how service providers can readily address Wi-Fi issues using existing technology and data and talk about alternative metrics for evaluating and diagnosing Wi-Fi problems at home.

In her panel, she’ll provide answers to questions such as:

  • What do consumers define as “good” Wi-Fi performance?
  • What factors—such as environment and services—can affect Wi-Fi performance?
  • What is the impact of a customer’s choice of Wi-Fi antennae, frequencies and channel bands on display devices?

Learn more by attending the “Home Wi-Fi Optimization” panel on Thursday, September 29 from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Maria Popo, President of Ubee Interactive and also include insights from David Urban, a Distinguished Engineer at Comcast.

ARRIS Speaks @ SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016

SCTE-ISBE_Cable-TecExpo2016_Logo_257x60The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016 is fast approaching, and there will be many opportunities to hear from ARRIS experts who can provide insights into the hottest topics in the cable industry.

ARRIS Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Bob Stanzione will join fellow industry leaders to share their vision of the future of the cable industry during the Opening Session. Industry experts, such as Jim Blackley, Executive VP, Engineering and IT, Charter Communications, Balan Nair, EVP and CTO of Liberty Global, and Zoran Stakic, EVP and CTO of Shaw Communications, will address trends, technology and operational issues impacting the industry.

ARRIS also is participating in 10 technical speaking sessions this year, spanning topics, such as virtual and augmented reality, DOCSIS 3.1® network readiness, machine learnings in network operations, and much more. Additionally, ARRIS experts will be moderating three panels during the Expo.

Below is a full schedule of ARRIS speakers and presentations throughout the week. Drop by our booth #1074 to see demos of our latest solutions transforming the future of entertainment and communications.

You can continue to find the latest updates on the show here and via our Twitter handle @ARRIS. Be sure to follow us to receive real-time updates and news from the Expo floor.

Monday, September 26

  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Advanced Encoding Meets IP Video Delivery (Sridhar Kunisetty, Distinguished Engineer)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Access Technology Energy: Changing the Equation (John Ulm, Fellow of the Technical Staff)

Tuesday, September 27

  • 9:45 – 10:30 am: Opening Session (Bob Stanzione, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board)
  • 10:45 – 11:45 am: Immersive Video Experiences (Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment)

Wednesday, September 28

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: Fiber Access Architecture Strategies (John Ulm, Fellow of Technical Staff)
  • 10:15 – 11:15 am: Service Activation and Management with SDN/NFV (Michael Emmendorfer, Senior Director of Solution Architecture and Strategy)
  • 10:15 – 11:15 am: Optimize This: IP Video (Bill Hanks, Director of Broadband Systems Engineering)
  • 2:00 – 2:30 pm: Innovation Theatre: Network Strategies CTO Tom Cloonan discusses the Future of the HFC Network with executives from Comcast and Cox
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm: To Multicast or Not to Multicast: It’s No Longer the Question! (Or Is It?) (Tushar Mathur, Senior Systems Engineer at CTO Office – Network Solutions)

Thursday, September 29

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: International Breakfast Panel sponsored by ARRIS: ARRIS International MD Steve McCaffery hosts a panel of international service providers and technologists Room 120 A_C
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm: Putting a Box Around Wi-Fi Performance – Characterizing Performance and Setting Expectations (Carol Ansley, Home Wi-Fi Optimization)
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm: The Power of Color (Dr. Sean McCarthy, Fellow of the Technical Staff)

*all times local ET*

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