Tom Cloonan Named Multichannel News Technology Executive of the Year

Multichannel News selected Tom Cloonan, our CTO of Cloud & Network Solutions, as one of its three technology executives of the Year. Tom is the first CTO from a technology company to receive this distinction, as this year’s field is the inaugural for considering candidates beyond the service provider and programmer communities.

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Tom Cloonan, ARRIS CTO of Cloud & Network Solutions

Tom was recognized for his pioneering role in modern broadband technology and his ongoing contributions to the advancement of DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP. Tom leads the architectural and product planning for ARRIS’s network product division, which was responsible for the ARRIS E6000 CER––the most successful CCAP platform on the market. He continues to be one of the most preeminent voices in the design and development of highly-scalable next-generation networks for the world’s leading service providers.

In an era, when lightning broadband speeds and the migration to all-IP technologies are going to drive tomorrow’s entertainment and communications experiences, Tom continues to play a vital role in helping the industry stay ahead of these technology trends.

Congratulations Tom, for your pioneering work here at ARRIS and throughout the industry!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of November 24, 2014

This week, Multichannel News covered the results of a new Infonetics Research report that found that ARRIS remained the revenue leader in the global cable access market in Q3 2014.

On Sunday, 23rd November, ARRIS’s VP of Marketing Duncan Potter appeared on NBC’s Atlanta TechEdge where he discussed ARRIS’s portfolio and collaborations with key partners, such as NASCAR and Joe Gibbs Racing to demonstrate how we continue to transform the industry and consumers’ everyday experiences.

In other industry news, Alan Breznick of Light Reading reported that, despite the growing number of gigabit rollouts by rival providers, the US cable industry has continued to make impressive gains in the broadband market. Separately, Digital TV Europe highlighted new research that indicated that the premium over-the-top (OTT) market in Europe is set to grow by 80 percent over the next three years.

Finally, several outlets, including CNET, covered a report from DisplaySearch showing that global 4K television shipments increased by more than 500 percent in the last quarter, with more than 3 million 4K TVs shipped to retail outlets during Q3 2014.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Stays On Top Of Cable Access Heap (Nov. 25) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris remained the top dog from a revenue perspective in a global cable access market that raked in $445 million in Q3 2014, up 8% versus the previous quarter, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.
  2. ARRIS interview with NBC’s Atlanta Tech Edge (Nov. 23) By Angel Maldonado, Atlanta TechEdge: After a multi-billion dollar deal with Motorola, ARRIS is ready to make their brand a household name…and they’re partnering with NASCAR to get it done.
  3. Broadband Reigns Supreme for Cable (Nov. 25) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: Despite the growing number of gigabit rollouts by rival providers, the US cable industry continues to roll up impressive gains in the broadband market.
  4. Premium OTT market tipped to grow by 80% (Nov. 25) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: The premium over-the-top video market is on-track to grow at a trajectory of 80% over the next three years, according to research commissioned by subscription billing firm Vindicia and video streaming platform provider Ooyala.
  5. 4K TV shipments soar to 6.4M in 2014 (Nov. 25) By Carrie Mihalcik, CNET: Shipments of 4K televisions jumped more than 500 percent last quarter as overall global TV shipments rebounded, according to a new report from DisplaySearch.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of November 17, 2014

This week, Multichannel News reported that RCN plans to launch a new high-speed Internet service in New York City this December, which will deliver speeds up to 330 Mbps down by 20 Mbps upstream and will be powered by an ARRIS-made Touchstone Data Gateway with integrated Wi-Fi.

Separately, ZDNet included comments from Joshua Eum, ARRIS’s Asia-Pacific chief technology officer, on NBN Co’s hybrid fibre-coxial (HFC) cable networks. At Tuesday’s CommsDay NBN Rebooted event in Sydney, Eum stated that NBN Co’s multi-technology mix strategy has given a “new lease of life” to HFC.

In other industry news, CED reported the results of a newly released Infonetics report indicating that over-the-top (OTT) pay-TV revenues will reach $10 billion by 2018. The report also noted that the overall global pay-TV market totaled $117 billion in the first half of 2014, a four percent increase over the same period in 2013. Also, Advanced Television highlighted a recent study from Parks Associates that found that pay-TV adoption in broadband households has reached 86 percent in Germany and 78 percent in the UK.

Finally, Broadband Technology Report examines operators’ shift to ‘content curation’ – the selection and presentation of content relevant to a specific consumer – in an effort to alleviate the complexity consumers often face when selecting what OTT content to watch.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. RCN Gets Down With 330-Meg Broadband In NYC (Nov. 18) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Taking aim at Time Warner Cable’s new 300 Mbps (downstream) broadband offering, RCN is launching a new high-speed Internet service in New York City that will deliver speeds up to 330 Mbps down by 20 Mbps upstream.
  2. NBN Co’s plan for HFC networks can work: Arris (Nov. 18) By Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet: Despite concerns that if NBN Co took the hybrid fibre-coxial (HFC) cable networks of Telstra and Optus, the network would not be able to provide and support appropriate speeds, particularly for uploads, Joshua Eum, Asia-Pacific chief technology officer of US telco equipment manufacturing company Arris, has argued otherwise.
  3. OTT pay-TV revenue to hit $10b by 2018 (Nov. 20) By Mike Robuck, CED: Over-the-top pay-TV revenues will increase from $6 billion this year to more than $10 billion by 2018.
  4. Pay-TV in 78% of UK broadband homes (Nov. 19) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: Parks Associates has published research showing pay-TV adoption in Germany and the UK has reached 86 per cent and 78 per cent of broadband households, respectively.
  5. Video Paradox: Scads of Content, But Nothing’s On (Nov. 19) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: With the increasing amount of video content available to consumers across an array of sources, operators know that the would-be viewer comment, “Nothing’s on,” really means it just can’t be found.

MBA Students Team with ARRIS for Interactive Launch Competition

The 2014 Interactive Launch Competition pits the country’s top MBA students against one Wharton Team 2another in developing new ways to advance the entertainment industry.

But they’ll have help… from the industry’s leading brands. In this year’s competition, ARRIS will be working with MBA students from the leading schools such as Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NYU and Wharton  to submit their marketing presentation and strategy on the latest video innovations.

Our very own Tom McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Sales, will coach the students through their submission on video gateway innovation, before it goes to a panel of industry judges for the final verdict.

The judges are: Nomi Bergman, Bright House Networks; Peter Stern, Time Warner Cable; Piers Lingle, Comcast; Roger Keating, Hearst Television; and Guhan Selveratnam, Discovery Communications. The competition will be hosted by Craig Leddy of Interactive TV Works.

ARRIS wishes the best of luck to students Akansha Kumar, Michael Modon, Shilpa Rao, and Steven Sunmonu.

This year’s competition is taking place today from 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center Grand Hall in New York, NY.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of November 10, 2014

This week, several outlets, including CED, highlighted the recent announcement that WOW! will offer its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app integrated into leased ARRIS set-tops.

Separately, Digital TV Europe reported that ARRIS has partnered with African TV service provider ZAP to offer network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services using the APEX3000 chassis-based edge QAM platform.

In other industry news, Rapid TV News ran a story about newly published research from Parks Associates, which found that Europe has surpassed the US in the number of households with a PC connected to the TV, and FierceOnlineVideo reports that cord cutters may be more likely to return to pay-TV if they have a bad streaming experience with OTT services.

Finally, a story from Broadband Technology Report notes that global shipments of Ultra HD-capable set-top boxes are projected to reach 48 million by 2020, while the market for HEVC set-top boxes will hit 88 million units, according to a study by ABI Research.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. WOW! tunes in Netflix on ARRIS boxes (Nov. 12) By Mike Robuck, CED: WOW! will be offering its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app that works on ARRIS boxes in their homes. Developed for WOW! by ARRIS, the Ultra TV set-top box integrates a Netflix app into the leased boxes.
  2. ZAP partners with ARRIS for African nDVR and VoD (Nov. 12) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Sub-Sahara Lusophone African TV service provider ZAP has partnered with ARRIS to offer network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services. Satellite TV provider ZAP is to use ARRIS’s APEX3000 chassis-based edge QAM platform to merge network traffic and increase channel capacity, with system integrator Satcab deploying the solution.
  3. European connected TV market surpasses US (Nov. 12) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Europe is a hot spot for connected TV driven by rapidly expanding broadband and over-the-top (OTT) services according to research from Parks Associates.
  4. Bad OTT experience could chase cord cutters back to pay TV (Nov. 12) By Samantha Bookman, FierceOnlineVideo: While a new generation of cord nevers may be willing to put up with occasional poor streaming quality of online video, cord cutters–that coveted group of past pay-TV subscribers who have ditched linear video service for Internet viewing–might return to the pay-TV fold if their streaming experience is bad.
  5. UltraHD, HEVC Set-Tops Set to Boom (Nov. 11) By Staff Writer, Broadband Technology Report: According to ABI Research, worldwide shipments of 4K/UltraHD-capable set-top boxes will reach 48 million by 2020, while HEVC set-top shipments will reach 88 million units. The research house expects about 60,000 set-top high-end gateway set-tops with UltraHD and HEVC capabilities to be deployed in 2014.

Welcome ARRIS Santa Clara

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Ribbon cutting ceremony at the new ARRIS Santa Clara office.

2500 Walsh Ave in Santa Clara, CA is the new home of our Silicon Valley office. The LEED Silver Certified building officially opened today and houses several of our Video Systems businesses in a state-of-the-art lab and workspace.

ARRIS Santa Clara is the regional hub for developing related technologies and services—uniting three former offices from around the San Francisco Bay Area and bringing ARRIS into focus among the area’s leading businesses.

Our new location in the heart of Silicon Valley reflects our commitment to delivering software, video delivery, and consumer solutions through the world’s foremost talent, so that we can continue inventing the future of entertainment.

Check out some photos from our opening day celebration below.

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