CCAP and DOSCIS 3.1 Migration @ SCTE Canadian Summit 2014

SCTE_CS2014_WebinarSeries_Logo_VertThe industry’s impending migration to CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1 is atop the list of challenges for most operators.

Our Senior Director of CMTS Product Marketing, Jeff Walker, recently reviewed strategies for operators to ensure they are optimizing DOCSIS 3.0 today, and discussed preparedness for tomorrow’s 3.1 migration.

This week, John Ulm, Engineering Fellow of Broadband Systems and a member of the CTO-Network Solution team, will shed light on these points and more at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Canadian Summit 2014 Webinar Series.

Specifically, John will outline migration paths to full CCAP functionality and  discuss current bandwidth capacity trends to see when HFC might run out of gas. John explains the taxonomy around today’s key cable network architecture discussions: Integrated vs. Distributed Systems and Analog vs. Digital Optics. A detailed analysis is given of the limits of Integrated CCAP + analog optic Head Ends; followed by a discussion of distributed architectures such as Remote PHY and Remote CCAP with their relative benefits.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 24th at 2 p.m. EST. This exciting discussion is surely one you will want to attend. Register here ASAP.

Sandy Howe Discusses Today’s Opportunities for Women in Tech

According to the 2013 NAMIC AIM and WICT PAR Cable Telecommunications Industry Workforce Diversity Survey, the proportion of full-time female employees in Cable is lower than it was 10 years ago. Since 2003, the industry has seen a 5% decline, dropping from 39% to 34%, which is below the national benchmark….

At the same time, there are so many opportunities for women not only in our industry but across the entire technology landscape. In fact, our own Sandy Howe, who now leads Marketing and Communications for ARRIS, along with Market Development, was recently part of an esteemed panel of industry leaders offering advice for women in tech.

We were able to catch up with Sandy @SCTE and ask about these opportunities, including her thoughts on how to take advantage of them. See below for the video.

 

One Million E6000 Subscribers Ready for Today’s (and Tomorrow’s) Demands

More than half of what we stream over the Internet is video, according to Sandvine and traffic consumption in all regions continues to grow at a rapid rate.

With this amazing growth in video consumption over the Internet, it’s no surprise that service E6000_360__1providers are looking for new ways to expand capacity of their broadband network in ways that are both economical and seamless. That’s why we introduced our E6000 Converged Edge Router platform last year. It uses an incredibly efficient architecture and an integrated, hitless sparing design to keep providers ahead of today’s IP consumption trends, while ensuring a reliable and scalable solution for future services and network demands.

Since the E6000’s introduction in June of 2013, Comcast, Time Warner, WOW!,  GCI and others have demonstrated why it is the leading CCAP capable platform in the industry—using it to deliver high-quality content to over a million subscribers.  This rapid success speaks to the demand and stability of the E6000.

Todd Kessler, our VP of CMTS/CER Product Management, recently demonstrated the E6000’s impressive downstream hardware capability (64 channels per port), DOCSIS and video capabilities, and hitless failover performance at SCTE.

The proof is in the numbers: one million reasons and counting…

Top Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of October 21, 2013

This week, we made a huge splash at SCTE, introducing a variety of integrated solutions across the cloud, network, and home.

ARRIS CEO Bob Stanzione kicked off the week talking with BBC News about the growth of the company and the importance of cultivating talent. Light Reading featured ARRIS SVP Kevin Keefe’s prediction of 2014 being the banner year for the shift from traditional set-tops to smarter gateways and simpler clients—referring to the former as “the device formerly known as the set-top.” Kevin compared the set-top’s evolution to the migration from cellphones to smartphones, and foreshadowed the upcoming RDK-enabled set-top launch. CED Magazine covered our new network deals with WOW!, GCI, and Netia, highlighting opportunities to deliver new multiscreen experiences in the future. Additionally, Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE Solutions at ARRIS, conducted a video interview with Videonet.TV discussing cloud and its role in multiscreen TV, and how smart gateways will be able to decide, dynamically, whether to request content from the cloud or the local transcode resources.

Frost & Sullivan validated what we said our 2013 Media Engagement Barometer study in that consumer appetite for more video and multiscreen experiences continue to change the TV landscape as reported by Rapid TV News. Frost & Sullivan is also predicting that the global IP video network management market will double over the next five years.

What were your favorite moments from SCTE? Let us know in the comments.

1.     Robert Stanzione: The tech boss who says it is all about the staff (Oct. 21) By Will Smale, BBC News: Mr. Stanzione is chief executive of fast-growing US technology group Arris. The company makes set-top boxes, and other pieces of hardware and software for digital television and broadband services.

2.     Arris tallies orders with GCI, WOW, Netia (Oct. 22) By Staff, CED Magazine: Arris announced a set of new business deals, including orders for its edge routers from both GCI and WOW, and a purchase of a range of headend equipment from Netia in Poland.

3.     Arris RDK Boxes Coming Soon (Oct. 24) Mari Silbey, Light Reading: With the set-tops now rolling off the assembly lines, Arris plans to ship its first RDK-enabled cable boxes before the end of the year.

4.     TV everywhere grows ‘exponentially’ (Oct. 24) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Video consumption across non-traditional devices such as tablets, smartphones, PCs and connected TVs has evolved exponentially into a global phenomenon says new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

5.     Balancing the cloud and home cloud for multiscreen Pay TV (Oct. 24), Videonet.TV: ARRIS Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE Solutions, explains in a video interview when it makes sense to deliver premium content directly from the cloud to multiscreen devices around the home and when operators need to use a ‘home cloud’ solution, taking broadcast feeds and transcoding them locally.

Top Tech Articles You Might Have Missed- Week of October 14th

This week, we announced a targeted advertising solution that integrates SeaWell Networks’ Spectrum™ IP session delivery controller technology into our SkyVision™ ad insertion platform, as featured in Multichannel News.

Meanwhile, the industry’s response to media consumption trends made its rounds in the press…

Among several outlets to catch the news, TechCrunch noted potential deals between Netflix and cable TV operators to integrate Netflix’s app into newer set-top boxes. The Huffington Post highlighted IPG Media Lab’s “The Second Screen Fallacy” report on how mobile devices create new ways to capture consumers’ attention in the living room, while WIRED discussed Nielsen’s first Twitter TV Ratings, which revealed many of the most tweeted shows are not necessarily those most watched. Of course, Twitter has been busy as The Verge captured how Comcast and Twitter will partner to allow Xfinity customers to change the channel.

Finally, CED Magazine spoke with our own Mark DePietro about our new, exclusive agreement with Sling Media to bring its placeshifting technology to the service provider market through our gateways and third-party licensing.

See you at SCTE, and check back next week for highlights from the show!