This week, we’re at the ABTA Expo and Conference in Sao Paolo, Brazil to showcase our IMG_3802leadership in pay-tv and broadband technology for Latin America.

Latin America is an important growth market for ARRIS as we continue to capitalize on significant business opportunities outside of the United States. We’re working with top service providers in the region to usher in the next era of connected entertainment. And our growing portfolio of solutions in the cloud, network, and home are the foundation. Our booth at ABTA will feature demonstrations of how these technologies are supporting new services like Wi-Fi®, Gigabit speeds, IoT, and more.

In addition, our Chief Regional Technologist of CALA (Caribbean and Latin America), Hugo Ramos will be speaking on three panels at the Transamerica Expo Center.

·        IoT: Opportunities & Challenges, 29th June 1:00 – 1:30pm

·        DOCSIS 3.1 -New Generation of Technology, 29th June 9:30 –10am

·        User Interfaces for the Set-Top, 30th June 3:30 – 4pm

Join us at Booth #72 at ABTA, and stay tuned to our blog for more highlights from the show!

Future HFC Directions: The Role of I-CCAP, R-PHY and R-MACPHY

John Ulm, Engineering Fellow, ARRIS

John Ulm, Engineering Fellow, ARRIS

Distributed Access Architectures are set to be a hot topic of discussion at ANGA COM 2016, as they represent a significant departure from today’s HFC access network.

But the challenge is choosing the best one. I-CCAP, R-PHY or R-MACPHY? They all have unique merits. In my presentation at the show in Cologne this week, I’ll highlight the key differences between a centralized approach with an Integrated CCAP and AM Analog Optics with distributed approaches such as Remote PHY (R-PHY) and Remote MACPHY (R-MACPHY). You will learn just how much capacity improvement you can expect from the distributed digital link and then learn the true story on Headend space and power savings.

After the centralized vs distributed discussion, I will dive deeper into the different types of distributed architectures and where each has its benefits. I then wrap up with some discussions on a hybrid Distributed Node Architecture that leverages the best benefits from DAA digital links, AM optic worlds and a new Hybrid PON (HPON) technology.

To hear more, drop into Room B @ 13.15 on Wednesday, 8th June for my session entitled: How to Build your Future Network – RF Design and Distributed Architectures.

Introducing ARRIS Insights @ ANGA COM 2016

This year at ANGA COM, we’re introducing ARRIS Insights: a new area of our booth (#E21) dedicated to sharing our findings as we work with the world’s leading service providers to solve some of the industry’s most pressing challenges.

The ARRIS Insights presentations are 10 minutes long and will run throughout the event – follow us on Twitter (@ARRIS) or pop by the booth to get a timetable.

Our experts will focus on the following key topics:

Managing Constant Network Evolution

The ever-increasing demand for bandwidth is driving unprecedented change in all aspects of the broadband network and operations. The ARRIS Global Services team helps operators devise a logical plan to manage this change, with comprehensive, proven procedures and expertise.

  • We’ll share details of our proven methodology and tools for managing certain functions of the process to ensure smooth and seamless network evolution, enabling operators to focus on their core business.

Choosing the Right Fiber-to-the-Home Solution for Multi-gigabit Services

Operators are looking to deeper fiber deployments to anticipate consumer demand for tomorrow’s multi-gigabit services. But there are choices to be made: do you add RFoG to the existing cable HFC network, with an eye on eliminating OBI? Does DPoE (DOCSIS Provisioning of Ethernet Passive Optical Network) make 10G EPON a natural choice for symmetrical multi-gigabit services? Or do you consider NG-PON2, especially in a greenfield environment, where ARRIS’s collaboration with Altice Labs for xPON solutions will bring real value?

  • ARRIS experts will outline all the options, drawing on our global experience and latest demonstrations at ANGA COM.

Gigabit Wi-Fi throughout the Home

Not all consumers want to be CTO of their own home network; they just want flawless wireless broadband and access to high-quality video on any screen.  But reliably delivering that in every home poses some unique challenges.

  • We’ll look at new innovations for evolving the home network and at how operators can increase customer satisfaction using advances in Wi-Fi gateways and extenders (we’re predicting within five years the modern home will need three extenders) as well as self-healing, self-help tools.

Monetizing Wide-Area Wi-Fi

A managed Wi-Fi network can support multiple consumer and enterprise services on a huge scale, but designing it properly is absolutely crucial in minimizing consumer frustration and lost revenue.

  • We’ll share lessons from the world-class Wi-Fi network we designed and deployed at NASCAR’s Daytona International Speedway, including how to plan and design seamless, high quality Wi-Fi hotspots, whether it’s for a small business, residential or public area.

How to Address OBI for Successful RFoG Deployments


Michael McWilliams, Product Manager, Optical Node Platforms

Cable operators who have begun deploying RF over Glass (RFoG) networks have realized quickly that Optical Beat Interference (OBI) is a real and expensive issue.
OBI is an optical phenomenon inherent to RFoG fibre-to-the-home access networks. When it occurs, it causes severe performance degradation in the upstream optical transmission path. The occurrence of OBI is a statistical probability and a fundamental issue with the architecture. Understanding its underlying causes and effects will provide operators with options to minimize its impact on future services, limiting disruption to subscribers so that operators can maximize the potential of advanced fibre networks.

During the presentation, I will address:

  •  What OBI is and what causes it
  • The impact of OBI on services
  • How to recognize if OBI is an issue in an RFoG network
  • Steps that can be taken to mitigate impact of OBI
  • How to eliminate it

Join me on Thursday, 9th June @ 11.30am in Room B for the session: FTTX – Stepping into the Gigabit Society


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 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.


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