Hello from INTX in Boston! It’s just Day 1, and the ARRIS booth has already become the center of some exciting conversations around the future of Gigabit broadband, DOCSIS® 3.1, 4K TV, and IoT. Throughout the show, our experts are also leading discussions on hot industry topics from Remote PHY to big data and analytics.
We have some exciting demos on tap too, including a preview of our new DOCSIS 3.1 devices, Gigabit virtual reality experiences, and more…
Follow our blog and Twitter for more info and stop by our booth (#1214) to check out the latest entertainment and broadband technologies making their way to the world’s leading service providers. And in case you weren’t able to make it this year, check out a few pics below.
Sean McCarthy, Ph.D.
Fellow at ARRIS
Managing video quality and bandwidth efficiency has always been critical in our industry. Operators are constantly striving to deliver top-notch viewing experiences to subscribers with optimal use of bandwidth. With television becoming more complex and the number of formats, displays, distribution protocols, and access technologies proliferating, operators are increasingly finding it difficult to measure their video-quality performance targets accurately using traditional methods.
At this year’s INTX, I will propose an analytics approach to help operators make bandwidth and quality of experience (QoE) decisions to meet their targets. I will be presenting a new way of describing video-quality and bandwidth efficiency in terms of statistical probabilities that can be applied to any video distribution method, including ABR, CBR, and statmux for any format. This new approach can help operators address some key performance questions, such as: What is the probability that video quality drops below any given level? Which operational parameters could be changed to improve overall video quality and efficiency? How would introduction of a new service impact existing services?
To learn more, join my session: “The End of Guesswork: Big Data Analytics and Implications for Content Delivery” at INTX, on Wednesday, May 18 at 8:00 a.m. ET.
ARRIS works with the world’s leading service providers to meet subscriber demand for new entertainment services and deliver the technology that power them. We’re offering a glimpse of those technologies and services at INTX (May 16-18th, booth #1214)—demonstrating virtual reality and multichannel TV.
Powering both of these demos will be ARRIS DOCSIS® 3.1 product solutions designed for multi-gigabit speeds. The SURFboard® SB8200, E6000® Converged Edge and xPON technologies are centerpieces of ARRIS’s vision for multi-gigabit networking.
Virtual Reality (VR) is the next big video development. But it poses a tremendous challenge to bandwidth availability, often demanding hundreds of Mbps. Our VR demo takes you to the NASCAR track and inside the ARRIS Racing team garage, with three, separate screens showing videos being downloaded and viewed simultaneously. Not only is the VR application large, but each video also needs to be downloaded prior to playback for the application to work. The demo showcases how ARRIS enables the network to deliver a consumer-ready VR experience in under a minute—performing multi-gigabit, high-speed data transfers across networks.
Multichannel TV Services
The shift to IP video streaming and UHD TV screens opens up a new world of entertainment. Today’s HD TV channels demand approximately 6-12 Mbps of data. Running six of these into a single video device on a TV requires anywhere from 36-72 Mbps, and UHD streams require even more. The ARRIS IP video demonstration at INTX will showcase how our networking technology delivers six, simultaneous HD video streams on a single UHD screen—with one primary channel and five other channels in smaller windows playing.
Beside each demo, you will see large “speedometers” showing:
- The lightning-quick Gigabit downloads of the app and videos for the VR experience
- The size of the data stream consumed for six streamed HD IP video channels
Speaking of speed, ARRIS Racing driver Daniel Suárez will drop by the booth between 3:30-5:00pm ET on May 17th participating in a VR tour and signing autographs.
And be sure to catch Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO of Customer Premises Equipment, as he speaks on “Bandwidth Requirements in the Next 5 Years: A Virtual Reality Check” at 10:45 a.m. ET on May 17th at INTX.
At INTX, ARRIS is showcasing new additions and extensions to our flagship E6000® Converged Edge Router (CER), the industry’s most widely deployed CCAP™ platform. These enhancements—including a new 10G EPON Fiber Module, Router Switch Module 2 (RSM-2) and UCAM-2 module—will help our service provider customers scale to tomorrow’s even higher bandwidth services by preparing their networks for DOCSIS® 3.1 migration and multi-gigabit speeds of the future.
We’ll demonstrate the updated capabilities of our E6000 CER, including:
- The new multi-gigabit services and greater capacity that operators can deliver with the 10G EPON Fiber Module and the Router System Module 2 (RSM-2)
- The high-density 10G EPON solution will be shown live for the first time, demonstrating multi-gigabit symmetrical service delivery with the E6000 chassis
- Also shown for the first time is the RSM-2, which substantially increases the E6000 network-side interface capacity and its packet forwarding capacity, preparing the E6000 platform for future bandwidth growth
- The super-fast upstream speeds enabled by the DOCSIS 3.1 capable UCAM-2
- The UCAM-2 provides significant increases in both DOCSIS 3.0 upstream channel capacity per service group and the ability to support DOCSIS 3.1 in the upstream
- The doubling of downstream DOCSIS 3.1 support with the current, first-generation DCAM via a software-only upgrade.
- Convergence of video into the platform with traditional MPEG digital video and IP video
- Realizing the goal of converging video and data into the CCAP
We will also have a static display of our planned Remote PHY (R-PHY) solution, which will further extend the capabilities of the E6000 CER.
Stop by our booth (#1214) to see our expanded downstream offerings for DOCSIS 3.1 as well as our new advancements to support it in the upstream.
Ayham Al-Banna, Systems Architect at ARRIS
As we begin to move into the DOCSIS 3.1 era and look toward ever-evolving network technologies and standards, it can be daunting to know how best to meet growing bandwidth and traffic needs within your existing network.
The spectral efficiency of DOCSIS 3.1 networks is well-documented. DOCSIS 3.1 has the potential to help meet bandwidth needs and prepare you for blistering-fast Gigabit speeds that will transform the consumer experience.
At INTX this year, I will discuss network migration to DOCSIS 3.1 during a session on the networked future. I will also demonstrate how you can choose the technology enablers that will best meet traffic demands at the lowest cost. Finally, I will discuss various long-term network evolution scenarios as we look to the DOCSIS 3.1 era and beyond.
Please join me on Monday, May 16 at 2:00 pm ET when I will present the highlights from my paper, “Network Migration Demystified in the DOCSIS 3.1 Era and Beyond” during the session “Architecting the Networked Future: Part 1.”
Tom Cloonan, ARRIS CTO, Network Solutions
The latest industry predictions for bandwidth demand show DOCSIS 3.1’s10-15 Gbps capacity becoming limited by the middle of the 2020 decade. This has to do with the rise of IoT, seemingly constant growth in connected devices, and more and more bandwidth-hungry services.
This week at INTX I’m presenting the highlights from a paper I co-authored about how to extend bandwidth capacity to anticipate this demand. One component of this strategy involves Extended Spectrum DOCSIS, which has the potential to extend the runway another decade or so.
Extended Spectrum DOCSIS uses downstream frequency modulation to achieve huge gains in bitrate capacity with the same power budget. For service providers, that results in crucial cost efficiencies in the near term and speeds of more than 50 Gbps in the long term.
Please join me on Monday, May 16 at 2 p.m. ET, Room 157, where I’ll present highlights of this new approach and my thoughts for a gradual migration plan in my session on “Architecting the Networked Future: Part 1.” I hope to see you there.