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.”

Powering Smarter IP Networks

ARRIS is focused on delivering solutions to optimize bandwidth for more video and content across a plethora of connected devices. That’s why we’re excited about today’s announcements with WOW! and GCI.

Both have made our E6000 Converged Edge Route a core component for their ever-growing network requirements. Our own Todd Kessler discusses E6000 and what it can do for you.

The world’s largest to small and mid-sized service providers are deploying E6000 to deliver these game-changing entertainment and business service experiences. For those of you here at SCTE, check out our E6000 at booth #868.

The Future of TV

The Future of TV is complicated.

The reason, however, is simple: we’re consuming more content on more devices.

For consumers, that often can mean a frustrating experience trying to navigate and access it all on one screen or another. But for service providers, the issue is much deeper…

Multiscreen and new IP-based services need the bandwidth and hardware to power these experiences, but they also need systems and software to integrate and unify them across the entire device ecosystem—all so that we can enjoy the “any” experiences that we want.

Our research shows that 55% of Americans are now multiscreen consumers. For this growing population, the home ecosystem consists of a variety of different screens, connected devices, and content.

That’s a lot of different people using a lot of different screens in a lot of different places. How can we solve this broad challenge of complexity and usability?

We’re seeing an influx of new devices that are trying to answer this question, from Microsoft’s new Xbox to a rumored AppleTV reboot at WWDC. These devices have expanded beyond their original scope of features to address our broad range of activities. But as connected and fully-featured as they are, these devices are still just devices, and don’t have the systems of content, networks, software, and more that’re required to deliver communications and entertainment across multiple screens.

That’s that domain of service providers, and that’s where ARRIS comes in…

We see The Future of TV as having two distinct challenges: simplifying complexity and mastering the complete multiscreen ecosystem—from devices, to content rights, bandwidth, video delivery, and more.

By bringing together the innovation, talent, and product lines of both ARRIS and Motorola Home, we’re in a unique position to help service providers to solve the problems of complexity and end-to-end delivery.

Our combined solutions are making multiscreen simple for consumers and transforming the way that service providers, programmers, and vendors are addressing its many demands through innovation in the cloud, network, and home.

See how we’re demonstrating these capabilities @The Cable Show, Booth #2433