ARRIS DOCSIS® Leadership on Display: Hits 200-Million Device Milestone

Larry Robinson President, Customer Premises Equipment, ARRIS

By Larry Robinson
President, Customer Premises Equipment, ARRIS

We’re here at the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017 promoting broadband technology AND celebrating a huge milestone with our service provider partners.In the third quarter of 2017, ARRIS shipped our 200-millionth DOCSIS® device. This milestone marks ARRIS’s pioneering efforts to deliver broadband to millions of people around the world. It highlights our long legacy of driving one of the most important technologies in our industry…and possibly in the history of communications.

The DOCSIS specification enables high-speed data services to be carried through the hybrid fiber coax architecture of modern cable systems. It is the backbone of the cable broadband industry and part of ARRIS’s DNA. It is a critical tool for cable operators to enable constant connectivity for their customers.

Since its introduction more than 20 years ago, DOCSIS has evolved, undergoing numerous enhancements. ARRIS helped guide these advances all along the way. Today, we’re working closely with the world’s leading providers to roll out the latest version – DOCSIS 3.1 – to customers. It promises to be a game changer, enabling multi-Gigabit speeds up to 150x faster than the current US national average (as calculated by Speedtest.net).

The DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade cycle is accelerating quickly. The industry’s need to deliver Gigabit speeds, creates unprecedented demand for ARRIS’s broad portfolio of DOCSIS 3.1 CPE and network equipment. The next generation of DOCSIS will power blazing fast Wi-Fi®, rich interactive video services, and fast-growing connectivity for businesses.

docsis_familyIn the spirit of The Next Big, ARRIS continues to look forward. At the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017, booth #1595, we will showcase three crucial pillars of our vision:

  • DOCSIS 3.1 CPE: ARRIS provides one of the broadest portfolios of multi-Gigabit cable modems, voice and data gateways to address the diverse and evolving needs of service providers worldwide. Each device in the family is designed to deliver the future of entertainment and communication…today.
  • HomeAssure™: ARRIS’s new Home Wi-Fi Management platform to enable the ultimate Wi-Fi experience. The comprehensive set of tools includes: a subscriber app that simplifies the Wi-Fi experience (e.g. the ability to auto-configure extenders and gateways); “Fast-Steering” automated network optimization; technician tools; and remote monitoring and diagnostics.
  • Wireless Intelligence: Arming service providers with real-time analytics on public Wi-Fi network activity – down to the device level – to efficiently manage network performance and deliver fast Wi-Fi to customers outside of the home.

All of these technologies are transforming the way we stay connected in our busy lives. As ARRIS continues to lead innovation and the transformation of the industry, our 200 million device milestone is a good reminder of just how many lives we’ve touched along the way. This is part of our inspiration to invent the next big thing…and to keep powering the digital world.

Traffic Engineering in a Fiber Deep Gigabit World

By John Ulm, Engineering Fellow, ARRIS

By John Ulm, Engineering Fellow, ARRIS

The introduction of Gbps service is dramatically changing cable broadband. Many new innovations are finding their way into cable operators’ plants and many others are on the way. With DOCSIS® 3.1 deployments well underway and DOCSIS Full Duplex (FDX) on the horizon, operators have the promise of symmetric Gigabit services. At the same time, some operators are starting their migration to fiber deep networks while others are looking at Distributed Access Architectures (DAA) such as Remote PHY. All of this will have significant impact on the way operators manage their traffic engineering and network capacity planning.

During SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2017, at the session, “Traffic Engineering Optimization II,” I’ll be discussing the ramifications of these issues and the significant impact they will have on the way operators manage their traffic engineering and network capacity planning. Attendees at this session will also hear from Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director of Advanced Technology, Cox, and Dr. Claudio Righetti, Chief Scientist & Security, Cablevision S.A. Argentina.

As an industry, we need to re-evaluate and update our models, starting with an intimate understanding of customer bandwidth behavior. I will discuss our recent research in this area and show interesting results from live plants. For example, we have seen an extremely wide range in capacity utilization between different customers, even within the same service tier. I will also highlight the impact on Service Group (SG) performance, This deep understanding of customer bandwidth behavior then allowed us to develop a more QoE centric traffic engineering model that operators can use to guarantee user satisfaction.

Join us on Wednesday, October 18th at 10:45am MT in room 205/207.

The Big Network Changes Coming with 1+ Gbps Service Environments of the Future

By Tom Cloonan, CTO, Networks, ARRIS

By Tom Cloonan, CTO, Networks, ARRIS

At SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2017, I’ll be on a panel discussing the types of changes network operators will need to make to deliver +1 Gbps services. Whether operating on HFC or PON or 5G infrastructures, for most operators, this change is part of their future. Since these higher-SLA services are not like past services, many network attributes and network operational procedures must be changed to accommodate the new bandwidth levels.

Operators are beginning to deploy (or considering the deployment of) 1+ Gbps services, and these services will dramatically change the demands on the HFC plant and the supporting headend access equipment. As my co-authors and I examined this issue and scribed an accompanying white paper, we discovered interesting and novel ways to reduce the bandwidth stress on different pieces of access equipment by changing the way in which Linear IP Video is delivered to subscribers.

The most common misconception is that it is easy to switch on 1+ Gbps services. In reality, work and planning are important components to a successful 1+ Gbps service rollout. Traffic engineering is an important area that will definitely be impacted by the arrival of Gbps services, because many of the traditional rules of thumb and formulae that have worked well for years may no longer be valid.

I hope you can join me for what should be a very insightful discussion, “Traffic Engineering Optimization I” on October 17th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm MT in room 205/207. This session will explore many of these upcoming changes, with a focus on bandwidth consumption trends vs. billboard bandwidth trends, new traffic engineering strategies, minimum bandwidth levels and channel count in DOCSIS® 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1, and more.

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!

The Nuts and Bolts of Broadband – evolving access architectures at SCTE Autumn Lecture

Tal Laufer, Director, Product Management, CMTS/CCAP, ARRIS

Tal Laufer, Director, Product Management, CMTS/CCAP, ARRIS

This week, I will be speaking at the SCTE UK Autumn Lecture Meeting – “The Nuts and Bolts of Broadband” – covering evolution in access architectures.

Many operators plan to attend the event and will be asking the same question: How can we evolve our network to support growing bandwidth demands, driven by the crazy number of new applications and increases in consumption of services like UHD and virtual reality?

During my presentation I will provide guidance, based on the studies and investigations the ARRIS team has undertaken, to assess the different evolution paths available for operators.

It is a common assumption that PON will be the chosen path for greenfield deployments. However, with the up-and-coming innovations in the DOCSIS domain, operators can achieve competitive service tiers, possibly at lower cost. New innovative technologies, such as DOCSIS 3.1 and Full Duplex DOCSIS will also enable high speeds to existing subscribers, who represent the vast majority of cable operators’ subscribers. For existing subscribers using the HFC network today, operators are looking for cost effective solutions to provide high-speed tiers, with minimal change to their plant, and therefore lower capex investment.

ARRIS is geared up to help cable operators find their optimal solution, which is also dependent on geographical dispersion, financial capabilities, and the traffic engineering requirements unique to their subscribers. I will outline the various solutions and architectures during my presentation “Delivering Gigabit Speed and beyond to the Home – Next Evolution in Access Architecture” on Wednesday, October 19th, at 10:30am.

Tal Laufer, Director, Product Management – CMTS/CCAP

ARRIS SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo– Photo Recap

Last week, at SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo™ the cable telecommunications engineering event of the year —ARRIS led out some of the most compelling conversations about the future, from our booth on the show floor.

We met with service provider customers, media and industry analysts to share the latest technology and strategies for delivering services like gigabit, 4K, and IoT. And our experts led discussions on hot industry topics like virtual and augmented reality, DOCSIS® 3.1, and machine learning in network operations—including a panel of top industry executives moderated by our own executive chairman, Bob Stanzione-that advanced the conversation on distributed network architectures, virtualization, and managed Wi-Fi®.

In case you weren’t able to make it, check out a few pictures from this year’s show below.

 

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