The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now: Expanding Broadband VR/AR Applications

By Duncan Potter, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing at ARRIS

By Duncan Potter, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing at ARRIS

Virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) applications and technologies deliver much more than gaming. They can mix entertainment, long-distance learning, and preventive health care in a variety of combinations.

Imagine a world where VR/AR is used to create an immersive remote education experience by placing students in a VR/AR classroom with their professors and peers, allows people who are hindered by health or injuries to shop, visit the beach, or travel the world, and provides personalized in-home health maintenance such as alleviating symptoms of PTSD or depression, or distracting patients during painful procedures or recuperations. I’ll also discuss ways in which sporting event owners and broadcasters can sell some of the best seats in the house, hundreds if not thousands of times, for VR at home viewing.

At NAB Show New York, I’ll be speaking about present and future real world applications, the speeds and feeds required to bring VR/AR across the web and to the home, and the opportunities for service providers to augment the elder care and preventative medicine industries. However, to do so, will require strategic investment in infrastructure, wireless and satellite technologies to support the amount of bandwidth, latency reduction, reliability, security, and more. Service providers can either take part of this next evolution of VR/AR, or lose business as other companies step in to fill the void.

While the dramatic rate of change for which these applications are expanding opens opportunities in entertainment, that’s but a small part of the bigger picture. I’ll be tackling these subjects on Thursday, Oct 19, at 3:45 pm in a FOCUS FWD Feature on the TECH Stage, “The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now: Expanding Broadband VR/AR Applications”.

The answer to the question above? Erin Martucci gave birth and is believed to be the first woman to use virtual reality (VR) for pain management during labor.

ARRIS DOCSIS® Leadership on Display: Hits 200-Million Device Milestone

Larry Robinson President, Customer Premises Equipment, ARRIS

By Larry Robinson
President, Customer Premises Equipment, ARRIS

We’re here at the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017 promoting broadband technology AND celebrating a huge milestone with our service provider partners.In the third quarter of 2017, ARRIS shipped our 200-millionth DOCSIS® device. This milestone marks ARRIS’s pioneering efforts to deliver broadband to millions of people around the world. It highlights our long legacy of driving one of the most important technologies in our industry…and possibly in the history of communications.

The DOCSIS specification enables high-speed data services to be carried through the hybrid fiber coax architecture of modern cable systems. It is the backbone of the cable broadband industry and part of ARRIS’s DNA. It is a critical tool for cable operators to enable constant connectivity for their customers.

Since its introduction more than 20 years ago, DOCSIS has evolved, undergoing numerous enhancements. ARRIS helped guide these advances all along the way. Today, we’re working closely with the world’s leading providers to roll out the latest version – DOCSIS 3.1 – to customers. It promises to be a game changer, enabling multi-Gigabit speeds up to 150x faster than the current US national average (as calculated by Speedtest.net).

The DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade cycle is accelerating quickly. The industry’s need to deliver Gigabit speeds, creates unprecedented demand for ARRIS’s broad portfolio of DOCSIS 3.1 CPE and network equipment. The next generation of DOCSIS will power blazing fast Wi-Fi®, rich interactive video services, and fast-growing connectivity for businesses.

docsis_familyIn the spirit of The Next Big, ARRIS continues to look forward. At the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017, booth #1595, we will showcase three crucial pillars of our vision:

  • DOCSIS 3.1 CPE: ARRIS provides one of the broadest portfolios of multi-Gigabit cable modems, voice and data gateways to address the diverse and evolving needs of service providers worldwide. Each device in the family is designed to deliver the future of entertainment and communication…today.
  • Home-Assure®: ARRIS’s new Home Wi-Fi Management platform to enable the ultimate Wi-Fi experience. The comprehensive set of tools includes: a subscriber app that simplifies the Wi-Fi experience (e.g. the ability to auto-configure extenders and gateways); “Fast-Steering” automated network optimization; technician tools; and remote monitoring and diagnostics.
  • Wireless Intelligence: Arming service providers with real-time analytics on public Wi-Fi network activity – down to the device level – to efficiently manage network performance and deliver fast Wi-Fi to customers outside of the home.

All of these technologies are transforming the way we stay connected in our busy lives. As ARRIS continues to lead innovation and the transformation of the industry, our 200 million device milestone is a good reminder of just how many lives we’ve touched along the way. This is part of our inspiration to invent the next big thing…and to keep powering the digital world.

What’s Next? Opportunities in Wi-Fi® with 60 GHz

By Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS.

By Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS.

Devices using Wi-Fi® for data communication encompass every area of technology, and consumers expect to be able to check the weather, stream video, and see who just rang the doorbell, all using almost ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage. In the future, new bandwidth-demanding applications will include virtual and augmented reality programming.

At SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2017, I’ll be speaking at the session, “Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi?” where we’ll explore the latest in home Wi-Fi technologies and how they interact with licensed spectrum. I’ll be presenting an overview of 60 GHz and WiGig, also known as 802.11ad, and compare testing results with simulations.

It’s an opportune time to discuss 60 GHz wireless since Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands is struggling with congestion in many environments, such as the outdoors, MDUs, and shared business offices. The 60 GHz band offers a wide bandwidth with little interference from other sources. It’s already in its second generation with transmitters and receivers that are more reliable due to improved multipath handling and better antenna arrays. That’s unlike the early 11ad/Wi-Gig/60 GHz systems, which have real performance issues – cutting out when anything went between the transmit and receive locations.

My presentation and white paper, co-authored with Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO of Customer Premises Equipment biz, also covers the upcoming, still in progress IEEE revision called 11ay. And it highlights some new features that will enable outdoor use cases for this versatile technology. When researching the topic, we discovered that installing 60 GHz Wi-Fi in the corner of the room gave the best coverage as opposed to “normal” Wi-Fi, which performs best in the center of a room.

I’ll be discussing these findings and more on October, 17th at 2:00 pm MT in room 102/104/106 at the Colorado Convention Center. I hope to see you there.

The Big Network Changes Coming with 1+ Gbps Service Environments of the Future

By Tom Cloonan, CTO, Networks, ARRIS

By Tom Cloonan, CTO, Networks, ARRIS

At SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2017, I’ll be on a panel discussing the types of changes network operators will need to make to deliver +1 Gbps services. Whether operating on HFC or PON or 5G infrastructures, for most operators, this change is part of their future. Since these higher-SLA services are not like past services, many network attributes and network operational procedures must be changed to accommodate the new bandwidth levels.

Operators are beginning to deploy (or considering the deployment of) 1+ Gbps services, and these services will dramatically change the demands on the HFC plant and the supporting headend access equipment. As my co-authors and I examined this issue and scribed an accompanying white paper, we discovered interesting and novel ways to reduce the bandwidth stress on different pieces of access equipment by changing the way in which Linear IP Video is delivered to subscribers.

The most common misconception is that it is easy to switch on 1+ Gbps services. In reality, work and planning are important components to a successful 1+ Gbps service rollout. Traffic engineering is an important area that will definitely be impacted by the arrival of Gbps services, because many of the traditional rules of thumb and formulae that have worked well for years may no longer be valid.

I hope you can join me for what should be a very insightful discussion, “Traffic Engineering Optimization I” on October 17th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm MT in room 205/207. This session will explore many of these upcoming changes, with a focus on bandwidth consumption trends vs. billboard bandwidth trends, new traffic engineering strategies, minimum bandwidth levels and channel count in DOCSIS® 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1, and more.

ARRIS: Speaking Sessions at 2017 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

If you are planning to attend SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo next week in Denver, be sure to check out our experts. From “evolving the network” to “future services and technologies,” our experts will cover the latest trends and look ahead to what’s next for the industry. Below is a full schedule of ARRIS speakers and presentations throughout the week. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ARRIS for live updates.

Tuesday, October 17th

Remote PHY Seminar

• 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Hear the Why, What, How, and When perspectives on the benefits of Remote PHY from an impressive line-up of industry leaders with Tom Cloonan (Rooms 401/402)

Track: Future Services and Technologies

• 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi? with Carol Ansley (Rooms 102/104/106)

Track: Evolved Network – Wireline and Wireless

• 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Traffic Engineering Optimization with Tom Cloonan (Rooms 205/207)

• 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM: Fixed Mobile Coverage with Charles Cheevers (Rooms 108/110/112)

Wednesday, October 18th

Track: Customer Journey

• 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Machine Learn from Both the Plant and the Home with Gary Cunha (Rooms 201/203)

Track: Evolved Network – Wireline and Wireless

• 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Traffic Engineering Optimization II with John Ulm (Rooms 205/207)

SCTE•ISBE Annual Awards Luncheon

• 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Keynote Panel with Bruce McClelland, CEO, ARRIS (Convention Center – Mile High Ballroom)

Innovation Theater

• 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Navigating America’s Coming Broadband Cybergeddon with Michael Emmendorfer (Innovation Theater)

Thursday, October 19th

Track: Cloud and Virtualization

• 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: The Journey From vCCAP to vHUB moderated by Tom Cloonan (Rooms 102/104/106)

Track: Evolved Network—Wireline and Wireless

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: D3.1 Technology Advancement I with Ayham Al-Banna (Rooms 205/207)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: D3.1 Technology Advancement I with Venk Mutalik (Rooms 205/207)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: The Impact of HFC-Wireless Convergence with Hugo Amaral Ramos (Rooms 109/111/113)

• 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: FDX DOCSIS®—How It Works and How to Get There with Jeff Howe (Rooms 205/207)

Track: Future Services and Technologies

• 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Enhancing the Interactive Experience with Charles Cheevers (Rooms 103/105)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: How Services and Analytics Are Driving Future Network Design moderated by Tom Cloonan (Rooms 102/104/106)

• 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi? with Mark Bugajski (Rooms 201/203)

Friday, October 20th

Track: Cloud and Virtualization

• 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Upgrading Video and Cloud Through SDN moderated by David Grubb (Rooms 201/203)

• 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Upgrading Video and Cloud Through SDN with Srini Akklala (Rooms 201/203)

Track: Evolved Network—Wireline and Wireless

• 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: IP Architecture Solutions for a New Generation of Devices with Jeffrey Tyre (Rooms 109/111/113)

Driving the Future of Communications and Entertainment: ARRIS Gears up for the 2017 SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo

SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017 is upon us! It feels like only yesterday that we wrapped for SCTE 2016.  So much has happened in the last 12 months, and our industry is evolving rapidly: the only constant is change.

The theme of this year’s Expo – the Next Big… – is itself an indicator of that change and progress. It hints at the opportunity in front of all of us, and we are sure that everyone on the ground in Denver is going to walk away brimming with excitement for what’s next.

ARRIS – Driving the Future of Communications and Entertainment

We know change; in fact, we’ve led a lot of it for our industry. The growing demands for bandwidth, services and experiences are creating new challenges and putting pressure on existing infrastructure. In response, ARRIS is designing and delivering state-of-the-art technologies, products and solutions that will enable the next-generation networks that service providers need to meet subscriber requirements.

We are developing broadband and Wi-Fi® technologies that connect consumers at multi-gigabit speeds. We are helping service providers unleash the power of cutting-edge platforms like Distributed Access Architectures to build better networks. We are investing in new technological areas, like CBRS, to reinforce our offering. And we are delivering new solutions that help service providers deliver the constant connectivity that their customers desire.

The future is coming fast, and ARRIS is always looking ahead.

CEO and Expert Panels, Plus More!

As you’d expect, the ARRIS team will once again be making a big splash. Our CEO, Bruce McClelland, is participating in an exclusive, invitation-only CEO panel, where Jeff Baumgartner, editor of Multichannel News will engage Bruce and Dave Watson, President and CEO of Comcast Cable, in a discussion on the current and future state of the industry. Want to know what’s coming next? Join Bruce, Dave and Jeff at the Annual Awards Luncheon, Wednesday October 18th, at the Mile High Ballroom.

Our team of experts will be joining a variety of panels, examining key issues in the cable industry. Be sure to check out ARRIS’s CTOs: Tom Cloonan discussing Traffic Engineering Optimization and Charles Cheevers’ panel on Enhancing the Interactive Experience. The full schedule is available on the Expo’s web site.

We’ll also be announcing exciting partnerships with some of the industry’s biggest names, and wowing conference-goers with first-looks at our latest innovations and inventions. But most importantly, we’ll be unveiling our vision for the future of communications, entertainment and cable technology.

The Next Big….Demo’!

At our booth, we’ll be demo’ing an excellent array of new solutions including….

  • Flexible Architecture: We’ll be showcasing our next-generation Gigabit flexible deployment technologies. Solutions that allow operators to start with common core elements in each of the major system areas affected – video delivery, broadband data services and the access infrastructure – and enable them to evolve as the operators’ needs change.
  • Video Core: Within our flexible architecture, we’re showing our video core delivery technology -  a virtualized set of functions that will support video delivery (program streams and VOD) needs for IP video and QAM.
  • HomeAssure™: We’ll be showcasing one of the most comprehensive sets of tools for delivering a best-in-class, residential  Wi-Fi experience. The Wi-Fi connected home is the current customer service challenge; learn how our managed consumer-first solution can simplify the subscriber’s experience. Designed to deliver an extended, controlled and managed home network with mobile apps to minimize service and OPEX costs.
  • Service Provider Wi-Fi: Our pre-integrated carrier-class Wi-Fi solution provides a quick-to-market, pay-as-you-go approach to offering community and MDU Wi-Fi services.
  • HEVC End-to-End Delivery: Our ME-7000 converged compression platform is focused on the efficient delivery of high-quality linear broadcast video at HD, 4K and the leading HDR definitions for content and service providers looking for an appliance solution that is more powerful and space/power-efficient than a software-based approach.
  • User Experience Set-Top Platforms: Come see the latest generation of hardware combined with key middleware platforms to support the next generation of flexible service delivery and UHD, HD and OTT video services.

See ARRIS – and meet Xfinity Series Champion NASCAR driver, Daniel Suarez – at booth #1595!

Please be sure to stop by the ARRIS booth, #1595 where, alongside ARRIS’s excellent innovations, you’ll find the #19 ARRIS NASCAR race car on display. Driver and Xfinity Series Champion, Daniel Suárez, will also be doing a meet and greet on Thursday afternoon.

See you in Denver!

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