Hello from INTX in Boston! It’s just Day 1, and the ARRIS booth has already become the center of some exciting conversations around the future of Gigabit broadband, DOCSIS® 3.1, 4K TV, and IoT. Throughout the show, our experts are also leading discussions on hot industry topics from Remote PHY to big data and analytics.
We have some exciting demos on tap too, including a preview of our new DOCSIS 3.1 devices, Gigabit virtual reality experiences, and more…
Follow our blog and Twitter for more info and stop by our booth (#1214) to check out the latest entertainment and broadband technologies making their way to the world’s leading service providers. And in case you weren’t able to make it this year, check out a few pics below.
Sean McCarthy, Ph.D.
Fellow at ARRIS
Managing video quality and bandwidth efficiency has always been critical in our industry. Operators are constantly striving to deliver top-notch viewing experiences to subscribers with optimal use of bandwidth. With television becoming more complex and the number of formats, displays, distribution protocols, and access technologies proliferating, operators are increasingly finding it difficult to measure their video-quality performance targets accurately using traditional methods.
At this year’s INTX, I will propose an analytics approach to help operators make bandwidth and quality of experience (QoE) decisions to meet their targets. I will be presenting a new way of describing video-quality and bandwidth efficiency in terms of statistical probabilities that can be applied to any video distribution method, including ABR, CBR, and statmux for any format. This new approach can help operators address some key performance questions, such as: What is the probability that video quality drops below any given level? Which operational parameters could be changed to improve overall video quality and efficiency? How would introduction of a new service impact existing services?
To learn more, join my session: “The End of Guesswork: Big Data Analytics and Implications for Content Delivery” at INTX, on Wednesday, May 18 at 8:00 a.m. ET.
ARRIS works with the world’s leading service providers to meet subscriber demand for new entertainment services and deliver the technology that power them. We’re offering a glimpse of those technologies and services at INTX (May 16-18th, booth #1214)—demonstrating virtual reality and multichannel TV.
Powering both of these demos will be ARRIS DOCSIS® 3.1 product solutions designed for multi-gigabit speeds. The SURFboard® SB8200, E6000® Converged Edge and xPON technologies are centerpieces of ARRIS’s vision for multi-gigabit networking.
Virtual Reality (VR) is the next big video development. But it poses a tremendous challenge to bandwidth availability, often demanding hundreds of Mbps. Our VR demo takes you to the NASCAR track and inside the ARRIS Racing team garage, with three, separate screens showing videos being downloaded and viewed simultaneously. Not only is the VR application large, but each video also needs to be downloaded prior to playback for the application to work. The demo showcases how ARRIS enables the network to deliver a consumer-ready VR experience in under a minute—performing multi-gigabit, high-speed data transfers across networks.
Multichannel TV Services
The shift to IP video streaming and UHD TV screens opens up a new world of entertainment. Today’s HD TV channels demand approximately 6-12 Mbps of data. Running six of these into a single video device on a TV requires anywhere from 36-72 Mbps, and UHD streams require even more. The ARRIS IP video demonstration at INTX will showcase how our networking technology delivers six, simultaneous HD video streams on a single UHD screen—with one primary channel and five other channels in smaller windows playing.
Beside each demo, you will see large “speedometers” showing:
- The lightning-quick Gigabit downloads of the app and videos for the VR experience
- The size of the data stream consumed for six streamed HD IP video channels
Speaking of speed, ARRIS Racing driver Daniel Suárez will drop by the booth between 3:30-5:00pm ET on May 17th participating in a VR tour and signing autographs.
And be sure to catch Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO of Customer Premises Equipment, as he speaks on “Bandwidth Requirements in the Next 5 Years: A Virtual Reality Check” at 10:45 a.m. ET on May 17th at INTX.
Ayham Al-Banna, Systems Architect at ARRIS
As we begin to move into the DOCSIS 3.1 era and look toward ever-evolving network technologies and standards, it can be daunting to know how best to meet growing bandwidth and traffic needs within your existing network.
The spectral efficiency of DOCSIS 3.1 networks is well-documented. DOCSIS 3.1 has the potential to help meet bandwidth needs and prepare you for blistering-fast Gigabit speeds that will transform the consumer experience.
At INTX this year, I will discuss network migration to DOCSIS 3.1 during a session on the networked future. I will also demonstrate how you can choose the technology enablers that will best meet traffic demands at the lowest cost. Finally, I will discuss various long-term network evolution scenarios as we look to the DOCSIS 3.1 era and beyond.
Please join me on Monday, May 16 at 2:00 pm ET when I will present the highlights from my paper, “Network Migration Demystified in the DOCSIS 3.1 Era and Beyond” during the session “Architecting the Networked Future: Part 1.”
Next week at INTX, we’re previewing the latest additions to our portfolio of DOCSIS® 3.1 devices.
Last year, we introduced the first DOCSIS 3.1 modems: the Touchstone CM8200 and its retail counterpart, the SURFboard® SB8200 Cable Modem. They marked the beginning of a new era of multi-gigabit CPE—delivering unprecedented data rates of more than 5 Gbps downstream and 2 Gbps upstream. When we introduced them, we promised to expand the portfolio with new DOCSIS 3.1 devices in 2016. And at INTX, we’re making good on that promise by showcasing three additions.
Our new Touchstone TG3462 and Touchstone TG3472 telephony gateways offer premium, video-grade Wi-Fi performance. They also support personal area networks—like ZigBee, Thread, and BLE—to round out the connected home experience. And our TM3402 eMTA modem offers operators a modular option for bringing DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-gigabit speeds into the home.
Stop by our booth (#1214) at INTX (May 16th-18th) for a preview of our newest solutions, as we continue to expand our leading DOCSIS 3.1 portfolio.
The theme for this week’s Internet and Television Expo (INTX) is “Harnessing Disruption: Leveraging Today’s Chaos for Tomorrow’s Growth.” It’s a concept that’s top of mind at ARRIS every time we get together with our customers to collaborate on tomorrow’s entertainment technology.
At this year’s show, we’re demonstrating several important examples of these innovations that address new consumer demand for advanced services like Gigabit broadband, Wi-Fi without limits, IoT, 4K entertainment, and more.
Be sure to stop by our booth to see how we help the world’s leading service providers anticipate demand for new services and position themselves for ongoing growth.
If you’re attending INTX, make sure to catch our experts in the following sessions:
Monday, May 16
Tuesday, May 17
Wednesday, May 18
Stop by our booth (#1214) and be sure to follow our blog and Twitter for updates.