ARRIS: Speaking Sessions at 2017 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

If you are planning to attend SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo next week in Denver, be sure to check out our experts. From “evolving the network” to “future services and technologies,” our experts will cover the latest trends and look ahead to what’s next for the industry. Below is a full schedule of ARRIS speakers and presentations throughout the week. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ARRIS for live updates.

Tuesday, October 17th

Remote PHY Seminar

• 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Hear the Why, What, How, and When perspectives on the benefits of Remote PHY from an impressive line-up of industry leaders with Tom Cloonan (Rooms 401/402)

Track: Future Services and Technologies

• 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi? with Carol Ansley (Rooms 102/104/106)

Track: Evolved Network – Wireline and Wireless

• 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Traffic Engineering Optimization with Tom Cloonan (Rooms 205/207)

• 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM: Fixed Mobile Coverage with Charles Cheevers (Rooms 108/110/112)

Wednesday, October 18th

Track: Customer Journey

• 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Machine Learn from Both the Plant and the Home with Gary Cunha (Rooms 201/203)

Track: Evolved Network – Wireline and Wireless

• 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Traffic Engineering Optimization II with John Ulm (Rooms 205/207)

SCTE•ISBE Annual Awards Luncheon

• 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Keynote Panel with Bruce McClelland, CEO, ARRIS (Convention Center – Mile High Ballroom)

Innovation Theater

• 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Navigating America’s Coming Broadband Cybergeddon with Michael Emmendorfer (Innovation Theater)

Thursday, October 19th

Track: Cloud and Virtualization

• 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: The Journey From vCCAP to vHUB moderated by Tom Cloonan (Rooms 102/104/106)

Track: Evolved Network—Wireline and Wireless

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: D3.1 Technology Advancement I with Ayham Al-Banna (Rooms 205/207)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: D3.1 Technology Advancement I with Venk Mutalik (Rooms 205/207)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: The Impact of HFC-Wireless Convergence with Hugo Amaral Ramos (Rooms 109/111/113)

• 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: FDX DOCSIS®—How It Works and How to Get There with Jeff Howe (Rooms 205/207)

Track: Future Services and Technologies

• 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Enhancing the Interactive Experience with Charles Cheevers (Rooms 103/105)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: How Services and Analytics Are Driving Future Network Design moderated by Tom Cloonan (Rooms 102/104/106)

• 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi? with Mark Bugajski (Rooms 201/203)

Friday, October 20th

Track: Cloud and Virtualization

• 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Upgrading Video and Cloud Through SDN moderated by David Grubb (Rooms 201/203)

• 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Upgrading Video and Cloud Through SDN with Srini Akklala (Rooms 201/203)

Track: Evolved Network—Wireline and Wireless

• 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: IP Architecture Solutions for a New Generation of Devices with Jeffrey Tyre (Rooms 109/111/113)

Driving the Future of Communications and Entertainment: ARRIS Gears up for the 2017 SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo

SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017 is upon us! It feels like only yesterday that we wrapped for SCTE 2016.  So much has happened in the last 12 months, and our industry is evolving rapidly: the only constant is change.

The theme of this year’s Expo – the Next Big… – is itself an indicator of that change and progress. It hints at the opportunity in front of all of us, and we are sure that everyone on the ground in Denver is going to walk away brimming with excitement for what’s next.

ARRIS – Driving the Future of Communications and Entertainment

We know change; in fact, we’ve led a lot of it for our industry. The growing demands for bandwidth, services and experiences are creating new challenges and putting pressure on existing infrastructure. In response, ARRIS is designing and delivering state-of-the-art technologies, products and solutions that will enable the next-generation networks that service providers need to meet subscriber requirements.

We are developing broadband and Wi-Fi® technologies that connect consumers at multi-gigabit speeds. We are helping service providers unleash the power of cutting-edge platforms like Distributed Access Architectures to build better networks. We are investing in new technological areas, like CBRS, to reinforce our offering. And we are delivering new solutions that help service providers deliver the constant connectivity that their customers desire.

The future is coming fast, and ARRIS is always looking ahead.

CEO and Expert Panels, Plus More!

As you’d expect, the ARRIS team will once again be making a big splash. Our CEO, Bruce McClelland, is participating in an exclusive, invitation-only CEO panel, where Jeff Baumgartner, editor of Multichannel News will engage Bruce and Dave Watson, President and CEO of Comcast Cable, in a discussion on the current and future state of the industry. Want to know what’s coming next? Join Bruce, Dave and Jeff at the Annual Awards Luncheon, Wednesday October 18th, at the Mile High Ballroom.

Our team of experts will be joining a variety of panels, examining key issues in the cable industry. Be sure to check out ARRIS’s CTOs: Tom Cloonan discussing Traffic Engineering Optimization and Charles Cheevers’ panel on Enhancing the Interactive Experience. The full schedule is available on the Expo’s web site.

We’ll also be announcing exciting partnerships with some of the industry’s biggest names, and wowing conference-goers with first-looks at our latest innovations and inventions. But most importantly, we’ll be unveiling our vision for the future of communications, entertainment and cable technology.

The Next Big….Demo’!

At our booth, we’ll be demo’ing an excellent array of new solutions including….

  • Flexible Architecture: We’ll be showcasing our next-generation Gigabit flexible deployment technologies. Solutions that allow operators to start with common core elements in each of the major system areas affected – video delivery, broadband data services and the access infrastructure – and enable them to evolve as the operators’ needs change.
  • Video Core: Within our flexible architecture, we’re showing our video core delivery technology -  a virtualized set of functions that will support video delivery (program streams and VOD) needs for IP video and QAM.
  • HomeAssure™: We’ll be showcasing one of the most comprehensive sets of tools for delivering a best-in-class, residential  Wi-Fi experience. The Wi-Fi connected home is the current customer service challenge; learn how our managed consumer-first solution can simplify the subscriber’s experience. Designed to deliver an extended, controlled and managed home network with mobile apps to minimize service and OPEX costs.
  • Service Provider Wi-Fi: Our pre-integrated carrier-class Wi-Fi solution provides a quick-to-market, pay-as-you-go approach to offering community and MDU Wi-Fi services.
  • HEVC End-to-End Delivery: Our ME-7000 converged compression platform is focused on the efficient delivery of high-quality linear broadcast video at HD, 4K and the leading HDR definitions for content and service providers looking for an appliance solution that is more powerful and space/power-efficient than a software-based approach.
  • User Experience Set-Top Platforms: Come see the latest generation of hardware combined with key middleware platforms to support the next generation of flexible service delivery and UHD, HD and OTT video services.

See ARRIS – and meet Xfinity Series Champion NASCAR driver, Daniel Suarez – at booth #1595!

Please be sure to stop by the ARRIS booth, #1595 where, alongside ARRIS’s excellent innovations, you’ll find the #19 ARRIS NASCAR race car on display. Driver and Xfinity Series Champion, Daniel Suárez, will also be doing a meet and greet on Thursday afternoon.

See you in Denver!

ARRIS Lowell Facility Delivers on Commitment to Sustainability

Recently, our Cross Point Towers office and lab in Lowell, Massachusetts, underwent a major Lowell pic outsideconsolidation to reduce not only our physical footprint in the area, but also our environmental impact.

The project, spearheaded by the ARRIS Global Real Estate and Workplace Services team and Jones Lang LaSalle, in partnership with ARRIS Lowell-based Engineering teams, ultimately reduced the facility’s real estate footprint by more than 26 percent in only three months. With the unique needs of the Engineering teams in mind, a program was developed to ensure that the space design and infrastructure provided flexibility to accommodate lab changes and growth.

The project team partnered with leading environmental sustainability vendors to reduce the project’s carbon footprint, VOC (volatile organic compound) building materials, and overall waste.

Contractors hired for the project followed strict eco-sustainable practices, reused and repurposed more than half a million dollars in materials for use in local schools and the community, raised thousands of dollars in a silent auction for Cystic Fibrosis, and worked with specialized recyclers to divert more than 320,000 pounds of materials from landfill. New, zero-landfill furniture packaging enabled the team to recycle 100 percent (or 1,000 pounds) of its packaging materials, while construction demolition and waste management diversion initiatives recycled over 70 percent of construction waste, and diverted nearly 125 tons of it from landfill.

The responsibility initiatives also saved tens of thousands in energy rebates and freight costs while laying the groundwork for the facility to save thousands of dollars each year in energy costs.

In total, the project team’s corporate, social, and environmental responsibility initiatives achieved more than $232,000 in savings, diverted more than 636,000 pounds of waste, and contributed more than $526,000 in value to the community—showing that a commitment to doing the right thing can be good for business as well.

Find out more about ARRIS company-wide corporate, social, and environmental initiatives on our Corporate Responsibility site.

Living up to the challenge of environmental sustainability

Every day, we have discussions around how we can improve communications and entertainment via speed, range, resolution or reliability.  And every day we consider the impact of what we do on our environment. Sustainability is ingrained in how we work at ARRIS.

Our challenge is to design products and processes that reduce our impact on the environment. We call this ‘Conservation through Innovation,’ and not only does it result in greater efficiency, it reduces consumption of materials and power.

Since taking up this challenge, we’ve made some significant advances – and in some cases, halved the energy consumption of our set-tops since 2005.

  • We collaborate and provide technical leadership in numerous global initiatives – such as the Australian, European, Canadian and US energy efficiency voluntary agreements for set-tops, as well as small network equipment.
  • As a result of the US agreement, energy consumption has been reduced by an estimated 16.8 TWh – that’s equivalent to the energy used by all of the homes in both Washington, DC, and Chicago combined, for one year!
  • Our teams contribute to and chair working groups for the SCTE Energy 2020 initiatives to reduce power, energy and grid dependency.

We’re therefore proud to take our experience with these initiatives and our existing ways of working into the KPN Circular Manifesto. As a signatory, ARRIS has committed to working with the Dutch service provider to implement processes that are more energy efficient for both KPN and its customers and produce hardware that is circular by design – meaning it lasts longer, is produced using fewer virgin raw materials and is built in such a way that by 2025 close to 100% of the parts and resources can be reused or recycled.

Damien O'Sullivan, Head of Corporate Responsibility, ARRIS (front row, third from left), with Eelco Blok, CEO KPN (front row, center) with Arie Cupedo, Account Director, ARRIS (back row  third from left)

Damien O’Sullivan, Head of Corporate Responsibility, ARRIS (front row, third from left), with Eelco Blok, CEO KPN (front row, center) and Arie Cupedo, Account Director, ARRIS (back row third from left)

Steve McCaffery, President, International at ARRIS said of the partnership: “We are proud to enhance the digital lives of consumers in the Netherlands, while continually ensuring a sustainable future for the environment, and its precious and limited resources.”

We want everyone to take on the challenge we created for ourselves: sure, we can make it faster, smarter, smaller and more reliable; but can we make it more environmentally sustainable?

 

 

20 years of Netflix – how one company changed the way we view the world

By Duncan Potter, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing at ARRIS

By Duncan Potter, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing at ARRIS

Netflix recently turned 20 years old. As it leaves its teenage years behind, it’s fascinating to think of the many ways that this one company changed our relationship with entertainment.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Netflix is the overwhelming disruption that it has already caused. We’re now accustomed to breakthrough technologies – the TV, the internet, the smartphone – upending several industries at the same time. Rarely is it, though, that a single company has the same impact.

Starting with its humble beginnings as a movie rental service, Netflix presented a growing and ultimately fatal threat to brick-and-mortal DVD retailers. Unable to compete with Netflix’s offering of cost and convenience, the industry receded from main-street.

Change Comes to ISPs
As Netflix’s streaming offering evolved, internet service providers – or ISPs – were next in line to see their industry change. Video streaming presented a double-edged sword for ISPs. On the one hand, the primacy of streaming stimulated the demand for faster internet connections. On the other, Over the Top (OTT) video, or IPTV, ballooned the flow and volume of data that service providers had to process.

Unlike DVD retailers, however, service providers were well-positioned to address – and in many cases, benefit from – the rise of streaming. First, they continued their network investments; adding bandwidth and offering faster speeds, and they provided their customers with stream-ready network hardware. These upgrades remain ongoing – with many service providers now rolling out gigabit broadband connections.

Second, many launched streaming services of their own. For instance, AT&T launched DIRECTTV Now while Verizon debuted go90TM. Some, like Liberty Global and Comcast, chose to imbed Netflix into their own service.

Netflix wasn’t the sole instigator of this change, of course. Competitors like Amazon Prime and Hulu also deserve some of the credit. But as the most popular service – now with some 104 million subscribers worldwide – Netflix led the charge.

Netflix, the Studio
But the disruption didn’t stop there. Rather than stay a virtual conduit for pre-existing content, Netflix diversified into producing its own shows. In 2013, Netflix premiered the riotously successful House of Cards, which was quickly followed by the equally popular Orange is the New Black. Suddenly, Netflix had changed more than just the apparatus of television, it had changed our requirements of entertainment. Instead of watching shows that were serialized linearly over the course of a season, TV viewers wanted to ‘binge-watch’ and consume as much as entire series in one sitting.

The success and pervasion of the Netflix blueprint has meant that OTT is now table stakes for video content distribution, and almost everyone is in on the act. TV networks have their own streaming services and have shipped much their back-catalogues to the cloud. Even YouTube and Facebook have unveiled their respective live video services. Meanwhile, traditional TV remains a preference for many consumers.

The Next 20 Years
In light of its 20th birthday, we should certainly thank Netflix for the quality, variety and accessibility of content that is now on offer. Of course, it’s also important to remember the role that technology has played. Innovations across the networking ecosystem are what ultimately permitted the rise and advancement of OTT content.

As we’ve already seen, Netflix isn’t afraid to try and change our consumption of entertainment. Thinking of the networking technologies just around the corner – Fiber Deep, DOCSIS® 3.1, faster home Wi-Fi® – we can expect Netflix to take advantage of these new possibilities and continue its disruptive streak. It won’t be long, I imagine, before Netflix mainstreams immersive VR content or streaming video games and other highly-interactive material.

Given all the innovations and ideas yet to come, we should all look forward to a bright future for streaming and online content.

The future is wireless: the future is here for MultiChoice customers

Consumer demand for a life without wires is a key challenge that occupies us at ARRIS. We’ve become accustomed to an untethered world. 20 years of Wi-Fi and wireless innovations have certainly seen to that.

Driving home the point even further: our last Consumer Entertainment Index revealed three quarters of those aged 16-24 want to watch TV anywhere.

We’re therefore excited when we can share how we’ve helped even more people go wireless. This is now the case for customers of MultiChoice, which has launched its latest DStv WiFi Connector solution. This gives DStv customers in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa the ability to enjoy connected services such as video on demand with DStv Catch-Up Plus, Remote Recording and ShowMax, South Africa’s premier streaming service, through their existing decoder, wherever it is in the home.

The new DStv WiFi Connector

The new DStv WiFi Connector

In simpler terms, it means the convenience to connect your TV experience in any room in the home, without the need to run cables.

We’re seeing greater demand from consumers who wish to unlock the added value that comes from conveniently connecting their decoders or set-top to the internet. This solution is designed to perform in today’s digital home: simply attaching the sleek USB stick to the DStv Explora opens up a whole new world of content to MultiChoice customers without the need for an Ethernet cable.

The new DStv Wi-Fi Connector, developed by ARRIS, features the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology to provide reliable HD quality video and backwards compatibility for older Wi-Fi networks.

This latest partnership reflects the strengthening of our relationship with MultiChoice, which spans almost a decade. MultiChoice launched its first HD PVR with ARRIS in 2008. ARRIS has also supplied the DStv Explora since 2013

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