Favorite Posts of the Year

As we close out another year, we thought you’d enjoy a recap of our favorite blogs from 2014. The following posts stood out because they exemplify the combination of fun, newsworthiness, and transparency that we strive for at ARRIS Everywhere. We hope you’ll enjoy reading them again or for the first time:

  • Q&A: Advice from ARRIS Engineers: In honor of National Engineers Week in February, we sat down with a few of our engineers and asked them to provide advice to students seeking a career in engineering. See what they had to say about how millennials can seize the many opportunities in this exciting field.
  • ARRIS Joins NASCAR Family and Joe Gibbs Racing: In August, we joined forces with Joe Gibbs Racing and NASCAR. We talked about what it meant to take the leap from a behind-the-scenes leader to a household name.
  • Entertainment on our Terms: The Case for Personalization: Our 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index offered some surprising insights into the ways we watch entertainment. Content personalization, access, and control is not only growing in popularity, but is a vital pathway for the evolution of entertainment. In her blog post, ARRIS’s Sandy Howe highlighted the key findings that explain why we’ve reached a global inflection point in how we deliver entertainment that truly engages consumers.
  • Cable Modem & Gateway Demo, Set-up and How-to: Helping our customers enjoy our products to the fullest is one of our highest priorities. In this video series installment, our Director of Global Retail Sales, Tom Boshell, took a detailed look at the ARRIS SURFboard® cable modem and gateway portfolio, providing an overview of key features as well as detailed demonstrations, set-up procedures, and more.
  • ARRIS Previews Slim, New Ultra HD Set-tops at IBC 2014: Pushing the boundaries of innovative set-top design, we previewed an exciting evolution in our set-top portfolio at IBC 2014, with the launch of the next generation of set-tops— the ARRIS VIP4000 and VIP5000 series.
  • SCTE 2014 CCAP Interoperability Demo Highlights DOCSIS 3.1 Leadership:  At SCTE 2014, we showcased the ARRIS E6000 future-proof design through an interoperability demo on DOCSIS 3.1 and pre-silicon DOCSIS 3.1 test products—specifically, showing the test products acquiring downstream signals from the E6000.

As we look ahead to 2015, we look forward to offering you ARRIS’s perspective on the topics that matter most. Please let us know which blogs you found interesting and what type of content you would like to see more on our blog next year!

ARRIS Recaps SCTE

SCTE is an experience. If you didn’t make it to the show, or if you’d like to relive some of the excitement, we invite you to watch our recap video and see it through the eyes of our employees…

We looked at innovation from the perspective of our E6000™ platform, new IP set-tops and broadband and telephony devices, AgileMax™ and the death of OBI, and tomorrow’s experiences, like 4K and Wi-Fi evolution.

Then we sat down with several of our employees to chat about other important subjects, like the future of cable, the coolest stuff at the show, and the practical benefits of nDVR super powers.

We hope you enjoy it!

Designing Tomorrow’s Wi-Fi — with ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers

Wi-Fi is the glue that brings connected experiences together in our homes—-from streaming video to online gaming, browsing the Web, and more. It’s the foundation for tomorrow’s entertainment too. But, how will it scale to new experiences like 4K, multiscreen HD, and fiber Internet speeds? How can we ensure that it’s reliable when so many new services depend on it to work perfectly, everywhere, all the time?

Our CPE CTO Charles Cheevers, reviews these topics and more. Check out his videos, below:

Mile High View for SCTE 2014

And we’re off… SCTE began yesterday and our end-to-end cable portfolio is at the center of this year’s conference, which has attracted more than 10,000 attendees to Denver this week.

We have several unique experiences on display—from new IP network solutions to our Wi-Fi Connected Home portfolio, network DVRs, D3.1 solutions and HEVC/ Ultra HD set-tops.

Check out some of our pictures below, but for the best view, be sure to stop by our booth this week (#1764)!

The Quest to Send 4K Video over Wi-Fi

Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE business at ARRIS

Almost daily, we see new evidence that people are video junkies—watching, posting, and downloading more video to more devices. Yet, we commonly expect our home Wi-Fi network to carry these experiences seamlessly.

Our ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index found that almost two-thirds of us have problems streaming or downloading video. Whether it’s a slow connection, streaming delays or a frozen or blank screen—these issues can be maddening.

Wi-Fi can barely handle MPEG-4 video bandwidth, so how are we going to support 4K video transmission over the coming years?

At this year’s SCTE, I hope to shed some light on that solution. I’m outlining my thoughts on various technologies and directions being considered to ensure that the Wi-Fi network has both the ability and quality of service to provide a reliable solution. I’ll also cover ways we can pre-empt the congestion at 5GHz and show how software-oriented solutions can help facilitate the kind of quality we need to get new pay-TV video services over Wi-Fi.

Specifically, I’ll review the following key areas surrounding this topic:

  • 5GHz spectrum map and what happens when devices try and carve out some deterministic throughput rates;
  • Types of services and devices competing for this airtime;
  • Challenges and main goals ahead for the IEEE High Efficiency Task Force as it tries to create new wireless protocols to handle Gigabit Wi-Fi solutions in the home;
  • Convergence of LTE and Wi-Fi ;
  • Role of network managed Wi-Fi resources and airtime;
  • Emerging ideas around SDN, and SON-based assists to improving Wi-Fi performance.

I previewed this topic on SCTE’s site, but welcome you to join me and Comcast at Thursday’s 12:45 p.m. “Wi-Fi: The Quest for Quality” discussion. Look forward to seeing you at SCTE.

ARRIS Bob Stanzione Keynotes WICT’s “Tech It Out” Conference in Denver

TIO.Email.Signature RGBThis week at SCTE, everyone’s talking about the future of cable. But in the closing keynote of WICT’s (Women in Cable Telecommunications) “Tech It Out” Conference on Tuesday, our CEO Bob Stanzione will speak about one related topic that often goes unrecognized in that conversation: tomorrow’s engineers.

Tech It Out is about fostering leadership among women in technology, and this charter resonates with Bob’s belief that we have an obligation to inspire tomorrow’s engineers. To paraphrase his words, “We have a responsibility to foster a diversity of thought, starting with children and students—they’ll be engineering our future, so it’s vital that they represent the best that we have to offer.”

But, as Bob will point out, that isn’t the case in engineering, where women are underrepresented to our disadvantage. In his keynote, he’ll talk about the constricted pipeline of female engineers; cover some of the underlying challenges—like the education system, social paradigms, and media influence; and map out the necessary changes for our industry achieve the diversity it deserves.

As Sandy Howe, our SVP of Global Marketing, outlines here, there are many opportunities for women. On Tuesday, Bob will expand on that topic and talk more about the vital role that women play in inventing the future.

You can also find us at SCTE in booth #1764. 

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