Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 17, 2016

The Online Reporter recounted ARRIS CTO, CPE, Charles Cheevers’ comments on virtual reality (VR) at last month’s INTX show, noting that early adopters will seize on VR headsets and drive bandwidth demand. Cheevers also noted that VR could be the main driving force behind the need for all things gigabit.

According to a recent report by IHS Research, the number of connected audio-visual devices globally exceeds 8 billion, reported Rapid TV News. The report also found that Netflix secured a presence on 339 million devices as of year-end 2015, and that smartphones outnumbered tablets by five to one.

Facebook predicted that its platform will be mobile in five years and will consist almost entirely of video, a notion supported by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, reported Quartz. Facebook has already begun to promote video over purely text posts in its algorithm, a trend the company insists is user-driven and will continue.

Multichannel News reported on a recent study by Parks Associates, which found that approximately 23 percent of households headed by Millennials are OTT-only, which is above the average of 15 percent of all U.S. broadband homes. The study also found that 61 percent of Millennials subscribe to both pay TV and OTT services.

Researchers at Columbia University have discovered a simple solution to combat virtual reality-induced discomfort and nausea, according to BBC News. The researchers found that a sensory mismatch between what viewers see on a VR headset and where they are in reality is a source of motion sickness. The technique of slightly narrowing the field of view will bridge the gap for a more enjoyable VR experience.

  1. ARRIS Gives Us a Hint of the Bandwidth Requirements for VR (June 17, 2016) By Online Reporter Staff, The Online Reporter: Virtual Reality (VR) video experiences will be the next major bandwidth-consuming application, according to ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers. “We’ll see the early adopters pick up the VR headsets and that’ll drive bandwidth,” Cheevers said, speaking at INTX last month. “I think this year we’re going to see this holiday season a lot of interest in VR headsets.”
  2. Eight billion connected devices globally boost video (June 13, 2016) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Netflix has secured a presence across 32% of the connected devices in the US.
  3. Facebook is predicting the end of the written word (June 14, 2016) By Cassie Werber, Quartz: Back when humans were first grappling with the impact of a new, global forum for communication, Clay Shirky, a prominent thinker in the digital sphere, made the persuasive argument that the internet made us more creative—even if only in a small way.
  4. Study: 23% of Millennials Head OTT-Only Broadband Homes (June 15, 2016) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: But 61% of that group subscribes to pay TV and OTT services, Parks Associates says
  5. Virtual reality sickness ‘tackled with field of view trick’ (June 16, 2016) By Chris Baranuik, BBC News: Virtual reality-induced nausea can be reduced with a simple field of view alteration, Columbia University researchers have said.


Daniel Suárez makes history in Michigan!

Making his second-career NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start at Michigan International danielSpeedway on Saturday Afternoon, Daniel Suárez secured the sixth starting spot in his No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry for the Menards 250.After recovering from a speeding penalty early in the race, Suárez was able to pass Kyle Busch on the last lap to secure his first-career NXS win.

Suárez was followed to the checkered flag by Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Erik Jones and Elliott Sadler.

With the win, Suárez became the first Mexican-Born driver to capture a National Series Win. He became just the fifth Latino driver to win a NASCAR national series race, joining Frank Mundy, Juan Pablo Montoya, Aric Almirola and Nelson Piquet Jr. Suárez also clinched a spot in the NXS Chase and maintains his series points lead.

Congratulations Daniel!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 10, 2016

Portugal-based cable operator NOS has launched a premium 4K video service, the first RDK 4K launch in Europe, according to Broadband TV News. For the transition to 4K video, NOS selected ARRIS’s HEVC set-tops to unite the new application framework from Espial and a completely refreshed user interface.

The Huffington Post highlighted the benefits of DOCSIS® 3.1 technology, noting that it is expected to support speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second to help make 4K television and virtual reality possible. The article included comments from ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers, who noted that consumer demand for gigabit Wi-Fi speeds is growing quickly.

Engadget reported on Netflix’s new tool that measures video quality by gauging visual information fidelity, detail loss and the effect of motion. This new tool provides a quality test that is more reflective of real-life viewing. Netflix is reportedly releasing the software as an open-source code that will be available to help other companies fine-tune the quality of their videos.

Research firm Strategy Analytics noted in its latest report that fixed broadband service continues to grow in the U.S. and is not being replaced by mobile broadband, according to FierceCable. The report found that cable operators are driving growth through increased speeds and multiplay bundle options. It also found that operators added 3.3 million new broadband subscribers from April 2015 to March 2016.

CSI Magazine reported that the French government is launching a public consultation as it looks to open new frequency bands to help meet the growing needs of the Internet of Things (IoT.) The consultation will focus on requirements in three specific frequency bands and will help lay the foundation for future development of IoT.

  1. NOS introduces Europe’s first RDK 4K launch (June 8, 2016) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: NOS’s 4K service built on RDK, the first in Europe; with ARRIS ZD4500 HEVC set-top featuring application framework from Espial and content security from Nagra.
  2. Blazing Fast Gigabit Internet Now Possible with DOCSIS 3.1 Technology (June 3, 2016) By William Morrow, The Huffington Post: Think your internet is fast now? It’s about to get a whole lot faster.
  3. Netflix built a tool to gauge real-world video quality (June 6, 2016) By Jon Fingas, Engadget: It wants to know how good its streaming looks for the human eye.
  4. Cable’s fixed broadband market not threatened by mobile, Strategy Analytics says (June 2, 2016) By Daniel Frankel, FireceCable: Mobile networks will not render fixed broadband services obsolete, says research company Strategy Analytics.
  5. France consults on IoT spectrum (June 6, 2016) By CSI Magazine Staff, CSI Magazine: The country’s government is launching a public consultation with a view to opening new sub-1Ghz frequency bands to meet the growing needs of the Internet of Things.

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

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