ARRIS TO OFFER INDUSTRY’S FIRST DOCSIS 3.1 DEMO ON A SHIPPING CCAP, AT THE 2014 CABLE SHOW

ARRIS will show the industry’s first DOCSIS 3.1 demonstration on a shipping CCAP – our E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) at this year’s Cable Show in Los Angeles.

This marks a new level of network scalability. ARRIS is focused on inventing the future, so we made sure that our current solutions could keep up with tomorrow’s demands. The E6000 CER is E6000_360__1a prime example.

It’s the industry’s leading CCAP platform, driving the shift to IP through our flagship customers around the world and a footprint of over 2 million subscribers. And now, it’s the first to demonstrate the expanded bandwidth capabilities of DOCSIS 3.1.

Our Cable Show demo will highlight the E6000 CER’s ability to run full CCAP with video and DOCSIS services converged on the same F connector and interoperability between current DOCSIS 3.0 SC-QAMs (24 DOCSIS bonded channels and 8 video channels)  and a DOCSIS 3.1 OFDM block.

More bandwidth means better services. The E6000 CER puts tomorrow’s complex multiscreen experiences, high-density video formats, and converged video and data services well within reach.

Join us in booth #1537, April 29th- May 1st, to check out our E6000 CER running DOCSIS 3.1 and see how we’re transforming the future of entertainment and communications.

Cable Congress countdown: 5 Questions with…. Cornel Ciocirlan

It’s Cable Congress week and also the week that The Euro50 award winners will be announced – we’ve got our fingers crossed for our EMEA CTO, Cornel Ciocirlan who has been nominated in the Technology Leader category. The Euro50 celebrates those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and vision in their fields and made a significant contribution to the strength of their organisation or the industry itself.

CTO, EMEA, ARRIS

Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO, EMEA, ARRIS

Being shortlisted in the Euro 50 is a great achievement, congratulations. Can you give another example of one of your greatest achievements?

I am most proud of having contributed to the success of DOCSIS® and PacketCable™ over the last 10 years in the European cable industry. In terms of my role at ARRIS so far, my greatest achievement has been helping to make the E6000 the best CCAP platform on the market for European cable operators.

Europe is an exciting market for ARRIS – what’s happening right now that’s keeping  you busy?

Service providers across the board are working to maintain high speed leadership. On the cable side, operators are deploying CCAP and are focused on DOCSIS 3.1 readiness, while telcos are aggressively investing in network upgrades to sustain ultra broadband (500Mbit+) services.

In a world of ubiquitous ultra broadband availability, user experience is fast-becoming the key differentiator – and providers are not only facing their traditional competitors, but also competition from the consumer electronics industry and over-the-top (OTT) content delivery services. The abilities to access content anywhere – with a simple and consistent UI – and to discover content and interact with content are crucial building blocks for a great user experience.

What are the top 3 technology developments that you’re working on right now at ARRIS?

  • The introduction of DOCSIS 3.1 in the next 1-2 years
  • The evolution towards open, flexible software frameworks that service providers can build their own differentiated UX on top of – RDK is one example that is gaining traction quickly
  • The impact of software-defined networks (SDN) and cloud technologies into the access network, along with the service delivery infrastructure

Innovation is a word used fairly often in our industry. How would you define it?

In my eyes, innovation means finding a new way to connect the dots that makes people’s life simpler and easier.

What’s the best piece of career advise you’ve been given?

If you don’t like what you’re doing, stop doing it!

Countdown to Cable Congress: Q&A with Ayham Al-Banna

It’s that time of the year again…Cable Congress is just around the corner, and ARRIS Systems Architect Ayham Al-Banna will be on stage discussing the evolution of HFC. We caught up Ayham to get his insights on HFC, future trends…and even what new industry terms we should add to our vocabulary to show we’re in the know.

We often hear about key trends including ‘on-demand,’ ‘connected life,’ ‘ultra-fast,’ and ‘multiscreen.’ In your mind, what are a couple of trends that will become louder and more discussed in 2014?

One trend to watch is the “snappiness” on the Internet, which describes the rate at which the needed information is provided in a short burst. You’ll also hear more and more about “interactive gadgets,” such as your connected refrigerator notifying you that you are low on tomatoes or your pantry asking you to bring coffee beans on your way home.

What are some of the biggest technological advancements driving new and improved services for the consumer?

When we discuss new technologies driving new and improved services, it’s essential to mention advancements within Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP), DOCSIS 3.1, digital optics, remote gadgets and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH). With that being said, the consumer is indeed the focus of our innovation and delivering a better user experience. True, people are consuming more media on more devices in more places, but we’re also seeing increased demand for timely and relevant experiences, better content recommendations, and, of course, higher-quality programming. These desires speak directly to what ARRIS does best.

What is one of the biggest technological advancements that may be transparent to the average consumer?

Service providers have a multitude of technologies that are transparent to the consumer surrounding faster services and a better user experience. For example, the average consumer might not know whether service providers are using integrated or remote CCAP as well as DOCSIS 3.1 (D3.1) technologies to create a more seamless user experience. CCAP and D3.1 are quickly transforming the consumer’s experience in a very positive way, and they will only make things that much better in the years ahead.

How does an organization like ARRIS embed innovation into its culture?

ARRIS continuously keeps its engineers at all levels in the company tied to the newly-evolving technologies. To ensure engineers are staying ahead of industry trends, groups within the company get together frequently to research topic and provide monthly tutorial that are accessible to everyone. ARRIS also encourages engineers to explore new ideas and prototype them by providing the necessary tools and resources.

What keeps you passionate about this industry?

The continuous innovation in this industry amazes me. This industry evolved to offer people more affordable, faster and better services. I have the opportunity to see the direct impact of what we research, architect, design and build on people’s lives. I am proud of this work, especially as I see the positive impact it has in different fields from hospitals to hotels to connected cars to connected homes. This industry is addictive!

Make sure to stop by Ayham’s panel on the evolution of HFC on March 14 if you’re at Cable Congress. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam.

ARRIS Speaks @ CES

CES 2014 logoThis week, thousands will descend upon Las Vegas. If you will be there, stop by to hear our ARRIS speakers discuss the next big thing… from 4K to to what’s next in home entertainment. See below for full details on their panels.

Monday, Jan. 6

Dr. Sean McCarthy, Fellow of the Technical Staff, who recently shared his Ultra HD expertise in a Gigaom column“What’s next for Ultra HD?” will continue his discussion of the evolving 4K market on a panel entitled, “Fool Me Once; Fool Me Twice. Lessons Learned on 4K.” North Hall N256 @ 4pm PT.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Derek Elder, SVP & General Manager of the DOCSIS and Multiservice Gateway, will participate in “The Internet of Things: Connected Home Platforms and Devices.”  The panel will examine technologies contributing to the Internet of Things, as well as approaches to integrating connected products into the connected home. North Hall N264 @ Noon PT.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Ian Greenblatt, VP of Strategy and Business Development, will speak on the next-generation of home entertainment, hardware, software and services on the panel “The NexGen Entertainment Home Experience.” Many of these next-generation devices and services follow trends revealed in our Fourth Annual Media Engagement Barometer, which showed viewers are dramatically shifting how and where they consume video content. In fact, in their bedroom, more consumers watch content on their smartphones and tablets (46% and 41%) vs. broadcast TV  (36%). North Hall N260 @ Noon PT.

Which of these topics are you most looking forward to learning about at this year’s CES? Let us know in the comments.

One Million E6000 Subscribers Ready for Today’s (and Tomorrow’s) Demands

More than half of what we stream over the Internet is video, according to Sandvine and traffic consumption in all regions continues to grow at a rapid rate.

With this amazing growth in video consumption over the Internet, it’s no surprise that service E6000_360__1providers are looking for new ways to expand capacity of their broadband network in ways that are both economical and seamless. That’s why we introduced our E6000 Converged Edge Router platform last year. It uses an incredibly efficient architecture and an integrated, hitless sparing design to keep providers ahead of today’s IP consumption trends, while ensuring a reliable and scalable solution for future services and network demands.

Since the E6000’s introduction in June of 2013, Comcast, Time Warner, WOW!,  GCI and others have demonstrated why it is the leading CCAP capable platform in the industry—using it to deliver high-quality content to over a million subscribers.  This rapid success speaks to the demand and stability of the E6000.

Todd Kessler, our VP of CMTS/CER Product Management, recently demonstrated the E6000’s impressive downstream hardware capability (64 channels per port), DOCSIS and video capabilities, and hitless failover performance at SCTE.

The proof is in the numbers: one million reasons and counting…