ARRIS Announces the Death of OBI, Solving Cable’s Decade-Long Dilemma

Cable operators began using RF over Glass (RFoG) ten years ago to expand their HFC networks with No_OBIFTTH offerings. The primary challenge for RFoG is what is called Optical Beat Interference (OBI)—a chronic performance issue caused by multiple modems communicating at the same time over the same fiber.

OBI has plagued fiber deployments and prevented mass rollouts for the past decade, because it created unpredictable performance, which worsened as providers added more upstream bandwidth to their networks. Despite several attempts to mitigate the problem, OBI persisted, rendering fiber upgrades costly, inefficient and non-scalable. The advent of DOCSIS 3.1 exacerbated the situation, increasing upstream which magnified OBI.

Today, ARRIS unveils AgileMax™, the industry’s only FTTP, RFoG solution that completely eliminates OBI.  The ARRIS AgileMax engine supports split ratios, reaches, and data rates that were previously unachievable, while being completely transparent to xPON solutions. While this alone puts AgileMax in class by itself, it’s further differentiated as CMTS, ONU, and cable modem agnostic—making it the most cost-effective and operationally efficient solution available.

Here’s what John Caezza, President of ARRIS Access Technologies business had to say about it: “We weren’t satisfied with the temporary and operationally complex OBI solutions on the market, so we set out to develop a complete yet simple solution that operators could use to make a seamless transition to DOCSIS 3.1 and PON. ARRIS AgileMax not only delivers on all of those promises, but exceeds the performance of all other RFoG solutions.”

To learn more, stop by SCTE Booth #1764 this Tuesday through Thursday. The ARRIS team would love to answer your questions about AgileMax and talk with you about the company’s complete DOCSIS 3.1 solution, including an industry-leading CMTS/CCAP family.

Top Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of October 21, 2013

This week, we made a huge splash at SCTE, introducing a variety of integrated solutions across the cloud, network, and home.

ARRIS CEO Bob Stanzione kicked off the week talking with BBC News about the growth of the company and the importance of cultivating talent. Light Reading featured ARRIS SVP Kevin Keefe’s prediction of 2014 being the banner year for the shift from traditional set-tops to smarter gateways and simpler clients—referring to the former as “the device formerly known as the set-top.” Kevin compared the set-top’s evolution to the migration from cellphones to smartphones, and foreshadowed the upcoming RDK-enabled set-top launch. CED Magazine covered our new network deals with WOW!, GCI, and Netia, highlighting opportunities to deliver new multiscreen experiences in the future. Additionally, Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE Solutions at ARRIS, conducted a video interview with Videonet.TV discussing cloud and its role in multiscreen TV, and how smart gateways will be able to decide, dynamically, whether to request content from the cloud or the local transcode resources.

Frost & Sullivan validated what we said our 2013 Media Engagement Barometer study in that consumer appetite for more video and multiscreen experiences continue to change the TV landscape as reported by Rapid TV News. Frost & Sullivan is also predicting that the global IP video network management market will double over the next five years.

What were your favorite moments from SCTE? Let us know in the comments.

1.     Robert Stanzione: The tech boss who says it is all about the staff (Oct. 21) By Will Smale, BBC News: Mr. Stanzione is chief executive of fast-growing US technology group Arris. The company makes set-top boxes, and other pieces of hardware and software for digital television and broadband services.

2.     Arris tallies orders with GCI, WOW, Netia (Oct. 22) By Staff, CED Magazine: Arris announced a set of new business deals, including orders for its edge routers from both GCI and WOW, and a purchase of a range of headend equipment from Netia in Poland.

3.     Arris RDK Boxes Coming Soon (Oct. 24) Mari Silbey, Light Reading: With the set-tops now rolling off the assembly lines, Arris plans to ship its first RDK-enabled cable boxes before the end of the year.

4.     TV everywhere grows ‘exponentially’ (Oct. 24) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Video consumption across non-traditional devices such as tablets, smartphones, PCs and connected TVs has evolved exponentially into a global phenomenon says new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

5.     Balancing the cloud and home cloud for multiscreen Pay TV (Oct. 24), Videonet.TV: ARRIS Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE Solutions, explains in a video interview when it makes sense to deliver premium content directly from the cloud to multiscreen devices around the home and when operators need to use a ‘home cloud’ solution, taking broadcast feeds and transcoding them locally.

Peek Inside ARRIS @ SCTE

If you can’t make it over to booth #868, we’re bringing our booth to you. Take a virtual tour with our own Jonathan Ruff. Whether its network innovations, video gateways or our latest cloud and multiscreen solutions, Jonathan’s got you covered in this brief tour.

But if you’re still here and have time to chat, swing by our booth. We’d love to connect!


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Evolutionary Rhythm: Service vs. Network

High-Definition has irresistibly transformed the consumer video watching experience.  Its allure has a downside for operators – the pressure to provide more HD programming, creating a capacity management challenge.  Furthermore, today’s version of high definition is merely HD 1.0.  Already in labs, standards bodies, and being demonstrated from trade show floors to “big box” stores are emerging HD 2.0 formats which will add to the burden.

Simultaneously, IP data growth (DOCSIS) has been charging ahead at around 50% YOY (CAGR).  Growth has been fueled in recent years by….video!  Over-the-top streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and MLB.TV are now an important component of media consumption habits.  This is in large part due to the rapid embrace of IP access-only Tablets and Smartphones capable of high quality video.  This 50% CAGR has been so predictable that we have a well-known name for it – Nielsen’s Law.  With its own Wikipedia entry, this must be an eternal force.  Mustn’t it?

In an effort to fight off the implications of Nielsen’s Law while managing the video service evolution, operators are engaged in activities that substantially improve network efficiency and increase capacity.  These various tools allow operators to see a way out of this resource limitation predicament…or do they?

Today @ 3:30, come to Room 207A at the Walter E Washington Convention Center for the Cable Show’s Spring Technical Forum, Session 35 – Widening the Pipe: The Evolution in Cable Access Architecture and Infrastructure, moderated by Comcast’s Tony Werner.  Arris’ Dr. Robert Howald will discuss the delicate balancing act of Service Evolution and Network Evolution and the conceptual underpinnings of this classic service provider conflict.

In this talk, Dr. Howald draws on Arris’ industry expertise in video, data, and network evolution to assess this multi-dimensional industry challenge using an easy-to-understand itemized Balance Sheet approach.  He then describes how to convert the MSO Bandwidth Assets and Liabilities into a timeline projection to guide long term Capacity Management, using a case study of a hypothetical, typical “today” case and taking it through 15 years of Service and Network Evolution.  The audience will be treated to valuable insights into emerging services and technologies, an understanding of the key trade-offs, and uniquely benefit from the example reference migration strategy that can be used as a baseline to launch operators on their own transition journey to the All-IP end state and a new generation of subscriber services.