WEBINAR: Beating the Bandwidth Crunch – Listen NOW

Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO EMEA at ARRIS recently spoke with Digital TV Europe Editor Stuart Thomson about key bandwidth challenges and opportunities facing cable operators.

OTT and multiscreen video is leading to an explosion in demand for bandwidth, and service providers need to tap into new technologies to stay ahead. Fortunately, Cable Access Network operators are well-positioned to evolve their access networks with CCAP, DOCSIS 3.1 and Remote Gadgets.

In this webinar, Cornel outlines the possible applications for these new technologies that will help Cable Access Networks cope with continued growth and capacity demands from new, resource-heavy services over the next few years.     

Key topics that Cornel discussed include:

  • The bandwidth growth drivers over the next decade
  • How spectrum plans will change to address bandwidth growth
  • The state of CCAP technology deployments today
  • The key drivers and barriers for operators to adopt remote gadget technologies

If you missed it, the webinar stream is available now by using the link below.


An ARRIS Tale on Two Continents

This is a busy week for the global cable industry. Two huge industry events open their doors, Cable Congress in Brussels (Europe) and the KCTA in Korea (Asia Pacific).

Both events are attracting goliaths of the cable industry, and ARRIS is among hustle and bustle of both, talking about the big issues:

  • At KCTA – Big Data, opportunities and benefits for operators and consumers
  • At KCTA – The latest compression technologies and what is driving them (UHD & HDR). ARRIS’s flagship compression product (ME-7000) is also being showcased for the first time in Asia, which will undoubtedly turn some heads on the east continent.
  • At Cable Congress – DOCSIS 3.1 – capacity gains that are possible from the new access network
  • At Cable Congress - Distributed CCAP Architectures that pledge to overcome current limitations and to foster the introduction of digital optics.

Two insightful ARRIS executives will be speaking at these events:

  • Per Anders, Solutions Architect at ARRIS (Asia Pacific) will give his speech on Network DVR enabling new advertising opportunities, at KCTA at 10.15am KST, Thursday 12th March.
  • Ayham Al-Banna, Distinguished Systems Engineer & Architect, CTO Office at ARRIS,  joins a panel debate at Cable Congress on Distributed Architecture at 11.30 am CET, Friday 13th March. He will discuss new access networks such as DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP to identify if there are really the answers to the bandwidth crunch.

If you are at either event, please stop by our stands and say hello, or catch our illustrious speakers above.

  • ARRIS is at Booth # 31 at Cable Congress.
  • ARRIS is at Booth #C8 at KCTA.

ARRIS Announces Two Drivers in Mexico

Over the past few months, we’ve teamed up with NASCAR to bring the ARRIS brand to millions of _MG_0733households around the country. And this racing season, the fans have been cheering us on as they use our technology to enjoy the action on all their favorite screens.

Today, we’re proud to announce that we’re taking this support and excitement to NASCAR in Mexico. It’s a natural next step for us after sponsoring Daniel Suarez’s career in the US.

Now, we’re excited to welcome two more champions to our family: Abraham Calderón, the reigning champion of NASCAR Mexico, and Mara Reyes, the first and only Mexican woman to race in NASCAR.

In a press conference held this morning, we announced our partnership with Escuderia Telmex and Telcel Racing as the official sponsor of three vehicles in the two major motorsports National Championships: Super Copa TELCEL and NASCAR Mexico.

Over the years, our technology has created some of the fastest in-home connections and newest entertainment experiences to Mexico. Now, in collaboration with our customers, we’re proud to extend that leadership and commitment to the region by joining NASCAR, Escuderia Telmex, and our sponsored drivers in making history, both on and off the track.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 2, 2015

This week, FierceCable covered Infonetics Research’s latest quarterly report, which found that shipments of DOCSIS channels rose 114 percent last year to a record 4.8 million, with ARRIS capturing 48 percent of the cable broadband market.

Separately, The Australian Financial Review included additional comments from NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow on the recently announced deal with ARRIS to upgrade the Telstra and Optus cable networks. Morrow noted that NBN Co had been doing trials on its HFC networks and had seen speeds of 376 megabits per second download and 49 megabits per second upload.

In other industry news, Advanced Television reported study results from Strategy Analytics, which found that demand for Ultra HD TVs has increased dramatically as price points have dropped and model availability has expanded.

A number of outlets, including Bloomberg, covered Italy’s approval of a €6 billion ($6.7 billion) plan to boost high-speed networks throughout the country.

Finally, USA Today noted that all of the major TV networks have some kind of TV Everywhere offering and included a comparison of each.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

1.     DOCSIS channel shipments increased 114% in 2014 to record 4.8M (March 1) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Driven by the ever-increasing broadband speed upgrades rendered by cable companies in 2014, shipments of DOCSIS channels rose 114 percent last year to a record 4.8 million, according to Infonetics Research’s latest quarterly report.

2.     NBN Co chief Bill Morrow says HFC NBN will be as fast as Labor’s FTTP (March 2) By Max Mason, The Australian Financial Review: NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow says upgrading the technology used in the television cable networks it acquired from Telstra and Optus will mean it can compete on speeds with the fibre-to-the-premise network promised by the former Labor government.

3.     4K set for 50% of US homes (March 5) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: The USA will emerge as the leading market for 4K or Ultra HD TVs in terms of household penetration by 2020 followed by the leading Western European markets, Australia, South Korea and China.

4.     Italy Approves $6.7 Billion Plan For Ultra-Fast Broadband Grids (March 3) By Daniele Lepido, Bloomberg: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s cabinet approved a plan to use 6 billion euros of public funds ($6.7 billion) to encourage phone carriers to boost high-speed networks in the country.

5.     Cutting the Cord: Networks tune into TV Everywhere (March 1) By Mike Snider, USA Today: Each of the major TV networks have embraced letting viewers watch TV on the go — to a certain extent.

ARRIS Demonstrates Leadership in RDK Development at 2015 User Conference

At this past week’s RDK User Conference in Denver, platinum sponsor ARRIS not only header_long2demonstrated a range of RDK-enabled hardware and software solutions, but also its commitment to RDK advancement through its many significant contributions to the industry.

The product exhibition included ARRIS’s TG16282 DOCSIS Wireless Gateway device, which is the first such device enabled to support RDK-B. RDK Management also announced that it will be using ARRIS coding to add support for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard that is widely deployed internationally.

This code was successfully run during the conference on an ARRIS DCX3620 DVB RDK-enabled Gateway, and is crucial to extending the RDK’s applicability for use in DVB markets, as well as making RDK more easily adoptable in global markets.

In addition to product demonstrations, ARRIS CTO, CPE Products Charles Cheevers and VP of Product Management, Rob Folk led industry discussions as panelists on the RDK-B Panel the OEM Panel respectively.

With RDK quickly becoming a crucial component to service providers’ ability to more rapidly and economically deploy next generation CPE product, ARRIS is well-positioned as a key enabler of the first wave of RDK deployments worldwide.

Celebrating Engineers Week: Jack Birnbaum, Comcast

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Jack Birnbaum, VP of Video Control and Security

As we continue to celebrate National Engineers Week, we interviewed Jack Birnbaum, VP of Video Control and Security at Comcast about his inspiration to become an engineer.  Read below for the full interview.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

  • I like to solve problems and create things.  I was always interested in figuring out how things worked.  I had always been strong in math and science and was looking for a practical way to apply those skills.  Initially, I became interested in bio-medical engineering.   I was enamored with the idea that I could create solutions that would help people improve their health.  When I was in college, this field was mostly research-oriented, so I moved to computer engineering.

What does a day in the life of an engineer at Comcast look like?

  • The day in the life of the Comcast engineer has changed much in most recent times.  These days, we work in an agile development environment.  The engineers typically start their day with a 15-minute scrum, discussing activities completed, challenges encountered and commitments for the next day.  They collaborate to assist one another to achieve the team goals.  The engineers then move off to their development work.  Many times the engineers work in team areas so there is free flow of communication and collaboration.
  • On any day, an engineer may be called upon to perform demos of their work to product and business folks.  They may also be engaged in planning and evaluation of new projects.
  • Finally, since our teams are development- and operations-oriented, our engineers are often involved in monitoring the performance of our services with the goal of improving the customer experience.  If problems occur, they are counted on to work closely with our technical field personnel to analyze and resolve system issues.
  • At Comcast, we try to create an exciting environment for our engineers.  We have challenging projects that solve complex problems at a large scale.  We have innovation programs that challenge engineers to develop new concepts, some leading to Patent awards, some leading to new products and services.  We also consciously allocate time to encourage folks to develop new ideas or learn new skills.

 How do you collaborate with ARRIS engineers to solve industry challenges? 

  • Comcast has a long-standing partnership with ARRIS in developing solutions in the video space.  We work closely together to develop new products and solutions in the ever-changing video space.  As new technologies emerge, we look to our strong partners to help us determine solutions that meet the needs, are economically feasible and can deliver service with high quality.  With ARRIS, we have a partner with expertise in technology, integration and services.  Each of these areas is key to Comcast in delivering solutions that delight our customers.

 What are the most common challenges that engineers in our industry face?

  • I think the most common challenge that we face is change.  The industry is changing with new and different competitors.  The technology is changing with innovations in processing, storage, and networking.  Our customers’ expectations are changing as well.  There is a desire for more capabilities in more places.  What used to be video delivered to the TV is now video delivered to many devices, some in the home and some out of home.  There is a need to always be connected, which creates challenges to make sure that those connections are functional and secure.  There is a need to make sure all of the video content is displayed with high quality on many new devices.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone told you when you were pursuing a career in engineering?

  • The most successful engineers are flexible.  In this field, an engineer must be able to work with ambiguity.  Problems are not provided with all of the information needed and a path to a solution.  The engineer needs to be able to work with little information, discover the real problems to solve and create solutions.  When one adds the needs of the business, the engineer must be willing to change directions very quickly and continue to push toward the best solutions for our customers and our shareholders.
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