CCAP and DOSCIS 3.1 Migration @ SCTE Canadian Summit 2014

SCTE_CS2014_WebinarSeries_Logo_VertThe industry’s impending migration to CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1 is atop the list of challenges for most operators.

Our Senior Director of CMTS Product Marketing, Jeff Walker, recently reviewed strategies for operators to ensure they are optimizing DOCSIS 3.0 today, and discussed preparedness for tomorrow’s 3.1 migration.

This week, John Ulm, Engineering Fellow of Broadband Systems and a member of the CTO-Network Solution team, will shed light on these points and more at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Canadian Summit 2014 Webinar Series.

Specifically, John will outline migration paths to full CCAP functionality and  discuss current bandwidth capacity trends to see when HFC might run out of gas. John explains the taxonomy around today’s key cable network architecture discussions: Integrated vs. Distributed Systems and Analog vs. Digital Optics. A detailed analysis is given of the limits of Integrated CCAP + analog optic Head Ends; followed by a discussion of distributed architectures such as Remote PHY and Remote CCAP with their relative benefits.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 24th at 2 p.m. EST. This exciting discussion is surely one you will want to attend. Register here ASAP.

The Evolution of Access Networks: 2030 and Beyond

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Tom Cloonan, CTO Network Solutions

The cable industry is constantly evolving as a result of advances in technology and changes in consumer demand. Today, consumers expect more content, in more ways, in more places than ever. That demand is only growing… and so are its implications for the industry.

At this year’s Cable Show, my colleagues and I will attempt to crystallize those prognostications in our paper, “Predictions on the Evolution of Access Networks to the Year 2030 & Beyond.”

One of our principal conclusions is that the network must evolve. As the number of connected devices grows, and the demand for bandwidth increases, HFC (Hybrid fibre-coaxial) plants will face unprecedented pressure to scale. But knowing when and how to transition these networks is at the top of every cable provider’s list.

Predicting the future is a challenging task, but as we look to 2030 and beyond, we’ve identified a few industry trends and considerations that likely will have a broad impact on network evolution:

  • The growing demand for more bandwidth capacity will create stress on cable providers’ HFC spectrum;
  •  The increase in demand for higher bandwidth has only just begun and will continue to grow as 4K and 8K UHD (Ultra HD) TV become mainstream;
  • Providers will have to make the decision to either extend the lifespan of their current HFC plant to support the bandwidth capacity or they will have to switch to new technologies.

The next 15 years will see our industry’s service providers make the transition to new networks to accommodate the unprecedented growth in consumer content consumption, but the decisions that chart that course are being made today.

Get ready, the future is here.

To learn more, join my seminar at The Cable Show, Wednesday April 30 @ 2:30 p.m. PT in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 403B “My How You’ve Grown: Emerging Data Demand…And How To Satisfy 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.

Transforming Poland’s Largest Fixed-Line Telecom Network

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Today we also announced that Netia, Poland’s largest alternative provider of fixed-line telecommunications, will use our C4 CMTS and HFC solutions to enable IPTV services over its newly acquired cable networks.

Big transformation for Netia but ARRIS is uniquely positioned to deliver a tailored solution. And if you’re curious on how HFC solutions can help extract even more bandwidth in your own network, be sure to check out our own John Ulm and Mike Emmendorfer on Wednesday at 8 AM. These guys will discuss how you too can power a smarter network today.