Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 17, 2016

The Online Reporter recounted ARRIS CTO, CPE, Charles Cheevers’ comments on virtual reality (VR) at last month’s INTX show, noting that early adopters will seize on VR headsets and drive bandwidth demand. Cheevers also noted that VR could be the main driving force behind the need for all things gigabit.

According to a recent report by IHS Research, the number of connected audio-visual devices globally exceeds 8 billion, reported Rapid TV News. The report also found that Netflix secured a presence on 339 million devices as of year-end 2015, and that smartphones outnumbered tablets by five to one.

Facebook predicted that its platform will be mobile in five years and will consist almost entirely of video, a notion supported by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, reported Quartz. Facebook has already begun to promote video over purely text posts in its algorithm, a trend the company insists is user-driven and will continue.

Multichannel News reported on a recent study by Parks Associates, which found that approximately 23 percent of households headed by Millennials are OTT-only, which is above the average of 15 percent of all U.S. broadband homes. The study also found that 61 percent of Millennials subscribe to both pay TV and OTT services.

Researchers at Columbia University have discovered a simple solution to combat virtual reality-induced discomfort and nausea, according to BBC News. The researchers found that a sensory mismatch between what viewers see on a VR headset and where they are in reality is a source of motion sickness. The technique of slightly narrowing the field of view will bridge the gap for a more enjoyable VR experience.

  1. ARRIS Gives Us a Hint of the Bandwidth Requirements for VR (June 17, 2016) By Online Reporter Staff, The Online Reporter: Virtual Reality (VR) video experiences will be the next major bandwidth-consuming application, according to ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers. “We’ll see the early adopters pick up the VR headsets and that’ll drive bandwidth,” Cheevers said, speaking at INTX last month. “I think this year we’re going to see this holiday season a lot of interest in VR headsets.”
  2. Eight billion connected devices globally boost video (June 13, 2016) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Netflix has secured a presence across 32% of the connected devices in the US.
  3. Facebook is predicting the end of the written word (June 14, 2016) By Cassie Werber, Quartz: Back when humans were first grappling with the impact of a new, global forum for communication, Clay Shirky, a prominent thinker in the digital sphere, made the persuasive argument that the internet made us more creative—even if only in a small way.
  4. Study: 23% of Millennials Head OTT-Only Broadband Homes (June 15, 2016) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: But 61% of that group subscribes to pay TV and OTT services, Parks Associates says
  5. Virtual reality sickness ‘tackled with field of view trick’ (June 16, 2016) By Chris Baranuik, BBC News: Virtual reality-induced nausea can be reduced with a simple field of view alteration, Columbia University researchers have said.

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 10, 2016

Portugal-based cable operator NOS has launched a premium 4K video service, the first RDK 4K launch in Europe, according to Broadband TV News. For the transition to 4K video, NOS selected ARRIS’s HEVC set-tops to unite the new application framework from Espial and a completely refreshed user interface.

The Huffington Post highlighted the benefits of DOCSIS® 3.1 technology, noting that it is expected to support speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second to help make 4K television and virtual reality possible. The article included comments from ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers, who noted that consumer demand for gigabit Wi-Fi speeds is growing quickly.

Engadget reported on Netflix’s new tool that measures video quality by gauging visual information fidelity, detail loss and the effect of motion. This new tool provides a quality test that is more reflective of real-life viewing. Netflix is reportedly releasing the software as an open-source code that will be available to help other companies fine-tune the quality of their videos.

Research firm Strategy Analytics noted in its latest report that fixed broadband service continues to grow in the U.S. and is not being replaced by mobile broadband, according to FierceCable. The report found that cable operators are driving growth through increased speeds and multiplay bundle options. It also found that operators added 3.3 million new broadband subscribers from April 2015 to March 2016.

CSI Magazine reported that the French government is launching a public consultation as it looks to open new frequency bands to help meet the growing needs of the Internet of Things (IoT.) The consultation will focus on requirements in three specific frequency bands and will help lay the foundation for future development of IoT.

  1. NOS introduces Europe’s first RDK 4K launch (June 8, 2016) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: NOS’s 4K service built on RDK, the first in Europe; with ARRIS ZD4500 HEVC set-top featuring application framework from Espial and content security from Nagra.
  2. Blazing Fast Gigabit Internet Now Possible with DOCSIS 3.1 Technology (June 3, 2016) By William Morrow, The Huffington Post: Think your internet is fast now? It’s about to get a whole lot faster.
  3. Netflix built a tool to gauge real-world video quality (June 6, 2016) By Jon Fingas, Engadget: It wants to know how good its streaming looks for the human eye.
  4. Cable’s fixed broadband market not threatened by mobile, Strategy Analytics says (June 2, 2016) By Daniel Frankel, FireceCable: Mobile networks will not render fixed broadband services obsolete, says research company Strategy Analytics.
  5. France consults on IoT spectrum (June 6, 2016) By CSI Magazine Staff, CSI Magazine: The country’s government is launching a public consultation with a view to opening new sub-1Ghz frequency bands to meet the growing needs of the Internet of Things.

ARRIS @ ANGA COM 2016

Next week, we’re heading to Cologne, Germany for the annual ANGA COM event—“where broadband meets content.”

For operators navigating the migration to Gigabit speeds, we’ll be demonstrating our latest technology for delivering the new IP services that consumers demand.

On display will be our innovations for delivering Gigabit broadband to and around the home— including DOCSIS® 3.1, remote PHY, 1.2GHz access networks, and PON solutions. Demonstrations will include the following:

  • A preview of the latest additions to our portfolio of DOCSIS 3.1 devices including the new Touchstone TG3472 broadband gateway, providing premium, video-grade Wi-Fi performance
  • The first live European demos of the high-density 10G EPON Fiber Module, showing multi-gigabit symmetrical service delivery with the E6000® chassis
  • The Router Switch Module 2 (RSM-2), substantially increasing the E6000 network-side interface capacity and its packet forwarding capacity, preparing the E6000 platform for future bandwidth growth
  • The DOCSIS 3.1 capable UCAM-2, providing significant increases in both DOCSIS 3.0 upstream channel capacity per service group and the ability to support DOCSIS 3.1 in the upstream

We will also demonstrate innovations to support the following capabilities:

  • Achieving reliable video delivery over Wi-Fi around the home and beyond
  • Creating advanced consumer entertainment experiences with next-generation set-tops, software platforms, and set-top function virtualization
  • Optimizing all-IP Video delivery including the converged video headend delivering video over mABR enabled networks

ARRIS experts will also be speaking throughout the conference, so if you’re in Germany, please join them to hear more:

Tuesday 7th June

  • Bruce McClelland, President, Networks & Cloud and Global Services – International Television & Broadband Summit – 13:00 – 14:15 in Room A
  • Andy Hooper, VP Cloud, Video & Services – Big Data- The Complete Picture from the Cloud to the CPE – 16:15 – 17:30 in Room B

Wednesday 8th June

  • Ayham Al-Banna Ph.D, Engineering Fellow – DOCSIS 3.1 – It is real and it works today – 11.30 – 12.45 in Room B
  • John Ulm, Engineering Fellow – How to Build your Future Network- RF Design and Distributed Architectures – 13:15 – 14:30 in Room B

Thursday 9th June

  • Michael McWilliams, Product Manager Optical Node Platforms, – FTTX – Stepping into the Gigabit Society – 11.30 – 12.45 in Room B
  • Sean McCarthy Ph.D, Fellow – From Cloud to Consumer, TV Everywhere Business Realities – 14.45 – 16.00 in Room B

We look forward to seeing you in Cologne; stop by visit us in booth #E21.

Highlighting the connected path to the future at Broadcast Asia

Once upon a time, TV was analogue with a finite amount of content. Now it’s a personalized box of tricks powered by IP video, 4K content and lightning fast broadband speeds.

It’s an exciting time for in-home entertainment and connectivity, and ARRIS will be at Broadcast Asia in Singapore on 31 May to 3 June to discuss how this progression came about, the technology driving it and what it means for service providers.

TV is changing. We’re already seeing the onset of the connected entertainment revolution. But what will tomorrow’s service offerings look like and how do operators manage the transition? ARRIS’s Solutions Architect for Asia, Per-Anders Josefsson will be chairing a session in the conference to explore this (31 May @ 10.55am).  Many talk about how streaming services will eat the lunch of traditional broadcasters. What we see, however, is a converged world where the two sit side by side. IP delivery is becoming the common denominator that sends video to different types of devices, anytime, anywhere.

It’s vital then, that connectivity is a priority and not an afterthought. Home bandwidth demands will continue to increase, but the good news is that the technology to meet that need is available today. Advances in access network technology like DOCSIS 3.1® and G.fast will deliver gigabit speeds to more consumers than ever before.

At Broadcast Asia, ARRIS will showcase the technology that will accelerate the delivery of new services. On the connectivity side of things, we’ll have demonstrations of a DOCSIS 3.1 network and CPE solutions. Accompanying this will be a 1.2GHz cable plant for delivering multi-gigabit services to the home.

In our suite at the show, we’ll also showcase ARRIS’s broadband gateways and set-tops for cable, telco and satellite operators to deliver next-gen consumer experiences including 4K video over Wi-Fi. Plus, we’ll display our cloud solutions. Visitors will see how these solutions can optimize and manage the delivery of linear and stored IP video to set-tops and consumer devices.

Customers are demanding faster broadband speeds, Wi-Fi without limits and Ultra HD video. At Broadcast Asia, we’ll show how providers can invest for the future and build consumer loyalty in changing times.

The ARRIS meeting suite at Broadcast Asia is Melati 4010A, Level 4.

 

Demonstrating Gigabit Speeds to the Home at INTX

Picture22At INTX, ARRIS is showcasing new additions and extensions to our flagship E6000® Converged Edge Router (CER), the industry’s most widely deployed CCAP™ platform. These enhancements—including a new 10G EPON Fiber Module, Router Switch Module 2 (RSM-2) and UCAM-2 module—will help our service provider customers scale to tomorrow’s even higher bandwidth services by preparing their networks for DOCSIS® 3.1 migration and multi-gigabit speeds of the future.

We’ll demonstrate the updated capabilities of our E6000 CER, including:

  • The new multi-gigabit services and greater capacity that operators can deliver with the 10G EPON Fiber Module and the Router System Module 2 (RSM-2)
    • The high-density 10G EPON solution will be shown live for the first time, demonstrating multi-gigabit symmetrical service delivery with the E6000 chassis
    • Also shown for the first time is the RSM-2, which substantially increases the E6000 network-side interface capacity and its packet forwarding capacity, preparing the E6000 platform for future bandwidth growth
  • The super-fast upstream speeds enabled by the DOCSIS 3.1 capable UCAM-2
    • The UCAM-2 provides significant increases in both DOCSIS 3.0 upstream channel capacity per service group and the ability to support DOCSIS 3.1 in the upstream
  • The doubling of downstream DOCSIS 3.1 support with the current, first-generation DCAM via a software-only upgrade.
  • Convergence of video into the platform with traditional MPEG digital video and IP video
    • Realizing the goal of converging video and data into the CCAP

We will also have a static display of our planned Remote PHY (R-PHY) solution, which will further extend the capabilities of the E6000 CER.

Stop by our booth (#1214) to see our expanded downstream offerings for DOCSIS 3.1 as well as our new advancements to support it in the upstream.

Extending DOCSIS® 3.1 to Meet Bandwidth Needs in 2030 and Beyond

Tom Cloonan, ARRIS CTO, Network Solutions

Tom Cloonan, ARRIS CTO, Network Solutions

The latest industry predictions for bandwidth demand show DOCSIS 3.1’s10-15 Gbps capacity becoming limited by the middle of the 2020 decade. This has to do with the rise of IoT, seemingly constant growth in connected devices, and more and more bandwidth-hungry services.

This week at INTX I’m presenting the highlights from a paper I co-authored about how to extend bandwidth capacity to anticipate this demand. One component of this strategy involves Extended Spectrum DOCSIS, which has the potential to extend the runway another decade or so.

Extended Spectrum DOCSIS uses downstream frequency modulation to achieve huge gains in bitrate capacity with the same power budget. For service providers, that results in crucial cost efficiencies in the near term and speeds of more than 50 Gbps in the long term.

Please join me on Monday, May 16 at 2 p.m. ET, Room 157, where I’ll present highlights of this new approach and my thoughts for a gradual migration plan in my session on “Architecting the Networked Future: Part 1.” I hope to see you there.

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