What’s Next? Opportunities in Wi-Fi® with 60 GHz

By Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS.

By Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS.

Devices using Wi-Fi® for data communication encompass every area of technology, and consumers expect to be able to check the weather, stream video, and see who just rang the doorbell, all using almost ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage. In the future, new bandwidth-demanding applications will include virtual and augmented reality programming.

At SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2017, I’ll be speaking at the session, “Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi?” where we’ll explore the latest in home Wi-Fi technologies and how they interact with licensed spectrum. I’ll be presenting an overview of 60 GHz and WiGig, also known as 802.11ad, and compare testing results with simulations.

It’s an opportune time to discuss 60 GHz wireless since Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands is struggling with congestion in many environments, such as the outdoors, MDUs, and shared business offices. The 60 GHz band offers a wide bandwidth with little interference from other sources. It’s already in its second generation with transmitters and receivers that are more reliable due to improved multipath handling and better antenna arrays. That’s unlike the early 11ad/Wi-Gig/60 GHz systems, which have real performance issues – cutting out when anything went between the transmit and receive locations.

My presentation and white paper, co-authored with Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO of Customer Premises Equipment biz, also covers the upcoming, still in progress IEEE revision called 11ay. And it highlights some new features that will enable outdoor use cases for this versatile technology. When researching the topic, we discovered that installing 60 GHz Wi-Fi in the corner of the room gave the best coverage as opposed to “normal” Wi-Fi, which performs best in the center of a room.

I’ll be discussing these findings and more on October, 17th at 2:00 pm MT in room 102/104/106 at the Colorado Convention Center. I hope to see you there.

The future is wireless: the future is here for MultiChoice customers

Consumer demand for a life without wires is a key challenge that occupies us at ARRIS. We’ve become accustomed to an untethered world. 20 years of Wi-Fi and wireless innovations have certainly seen to that.

Driving home the point even further: our last Consumer Entertainment Index revealed three quarters of those aged 16-24 want to watch TV anywhere.

We’re therefore excited when we can share how we’ve helped even more people go wireless. This is now the case for customers of MultiChoice, which has launched its latest DStv WiFi Connector solution. This gives DStv customers in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa the ability to enjoy connected services such as video on demand with DStv Catch-Up Plus, Remote Recording and ShowMax, South Africa’s premier streaming service, through their existing decoder, wherever it is in the home.

The new DStv WiFi Connector

The new DStv WiFi Connector

In simpler terms, it means the convenience to connect your TV experience in any room in the home, without the need to run cables.

We’re seeing greater demand from consumers who wish to unlock the added value that comes from conveniently connecting their decoders or set-top to the internet. This solution is designed to perform in today’s digital home: simply attaching the sleek USB stick to the DStv Explora opens up a whole new world of content to MultiChoice customers without the need for an Ethernet cable.

The new DStv Wi-Fi Connector, developed by ARRIS, features the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology to provide reliable HD quality video and backwards compatibility for older Wi-Fi networks.

This latest partnership reflects the strengthening of our relationship with MultiChoice, which spans almost a decade. MultiChoice launched its first HD PVR with ARRIS in 2008. ARRIS has also supplied the DStv Explora since 2013

ARRIS @ ANGA COM 2017

ANGA logoThe excitement is building as we prepare for ANGA COM 2017 next week. We’ll be showcasing the latest ARRIS technology and solutions that are connecting millions of people and billions of devices around the globe.

 

Visit our booth #G10 in Hall 7, and we can help answer some of the most pressing questions facing operators today:

  • How do I successfully deploy DOCSIS® 3.1?
  • How and when do I transition to a distributed architecture?
  • How can I cost-effectively deploy fiber deeper into the network?
  • How can we implement a planned, evolutionary approach to an all-IP architecture with minimal impact to our subscribers?
  • How can I improve Wi-Fi home network performance and generate fewer calls to the call center?
  • How do software platforms like RDK and Android, and the latest UHD/HDR-capable hardware affect my set-top choices?

Demo highlights will include:

  • The industry’s widest range of network solutions to evolve your network to deliver DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit services today and prepare for tomorrow. Including:
    • High-capacity second-generation hardware for the ARRIS E6000® CER and Remote PHY modules suitable for the European cable plant
    • Technology for fiber-to-the-home or premises, including OBI-free RFoG, 10G Node PON and 10G EPON
    • DOCSIS 3.1 ready 1.2GHz HFC products
    • Network transformation services to accelerate time to market of DOCSIS 3.1
  • Proactive Network Management tools to improve service levels through automated identification and prioritization of existing and potential service impairments, and prepare the network for DOCSIS 3.1. We will introduce the new Virtual Spectrum Analyzer feature of ServAssure® Alarm Central that reduces the need to send technicians out for fault diagnosis
  • Our industry-leading portfolio of DOCSIS 3.1 gateways and modems, showcasing multi-gigabit performance
  • Wi-Fi Connected Home solutions that improve Wi-Fi performance and coverage throughout the home while focusing on customer usability. This will include our gateway and extender portfolio that features self-configuration and automated network optimization software, the ECO management platform and consumer self-help tools.
  • Service Provider Wi-Fi solutions that deliver unified Wi-Fi services for the home, community, multi-dwelling unit, venue and enterprises from a centrally managed platform.
  • Video set-tops featuring 4K UHD/HDR HEVC technology, running RDK, Android and KreaTV software platforms
  • ARRIS’s pragmatic approach to evolving today’s video delivery infrastructure to leverage the benefits of all IP Video infrastructure.

You can also catch ARRIS executives and experts speaking in the conference, providing insights into some of our industry’s hottest topics.

We look forward to meeting you in Cologne!

 

ARRIS SPEAKS @ ANGA COM 2017

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The conference at this year’s ANGA COM will feature an impressive selection of ARRIS executives and experts, providing insights into some of our industry’s hottest topics: such as deploying DOCSIS® 3.1 for gigabit services; optimizing Wi-Fi; personalizing and monetizing TV; and what’s next for HFC (including Distributed Access Architectures such as Remote PHY and Full Duplex DOCSIS).

Below is a full schedule of ARRIS speakers and presentations. Visit us in Hall 7 at booth #G10 to see demos of our latest solutions that power the digital world.

Keep an eye here to find the latest updates on the show or follow us on Twitter @ARRIS for real-time updates and news.

Wednesday, May 31st

  • 10.00 -11.15: Wireless Convergence and Optimizing Wi-Fi Coverage (Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment)
  • 11.45-13.00: Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 – Challenge for Today’s HFC Networks? (Ayham Al-Banna, Engineering Fellow, CTO Office, Network Solutions)
  • 13.30-14.30: Gigabit Networks and New TV (Steve McCaffery, President, International Sales and Managing Director International Business Operations Group)
  • 15.00-16.15: Personalized TV: Product trends and monetization (Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO, EMEA)
  • 15.00-16.15: Realities of Deploying in Distributed Access Architectures (John Ulm, Engineering Fellow, CTO Office, Network Solutions)
  • 16.30-17.45: The Complete Story on Full Duplex DOCSIS (Tom Cloonan, CTO, Network Solutions)

*all times local Central European Time (CET)

How to fall in love with your Wi-Fi® this Valentine’s Day

Your significant other isn’t the only thing that deserves attention this Valentine’s Day.

Your Wi-Fi® isSocial Media Vday now a vital element of your home life. Show it some TLC, and it’ll love you back by not ruining your night in front of a romcom.

These three tips will give you Wi-Fi to make Cupid proud.

See other people – You don’t have to be faithful to your gateway if you can get better performance from someone else. Not all gateways are created equal. You can stay with your current service provider but, investigate in a new gateway that will boost the service you’re currently receiving. Look for options with more download and upload channels to boost speeds.

Choose a better position – Moving things to the bedroom? Not so fast! If your gateway is all the way downstairs, you might not get the streaming quality you expect. Make sure your gateway is in the heart of your home to get the best coverage throughout, even in the bedroom.

Set the mood – When you achieve full coverage in every room of your house, you’ll have more options to connect more devices, apps and services. For example, adding connected lighting to your home will make use of your enhanced broadband. And by using voice commands, you’ll be able to get the lighting just right without breaking the mood by fiddling with buttons and menus.

It’s Valentine’s Day after all, so why not become more affectionate with better broadband and entertainment without the flaws?

Love, ARRIS.

PS. You can find more info on our SURfboard® portfolio that will steal your heart at www.surfboard.com

Putting a Box around Wi-Fi® Performance @ Cable Tec 2016

People of ARRIS

Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” declared science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. Said another way, great technology is seamless and invisible: it shouldn’t get in the way of the experience. And the same is true for Wi-Fi.

But there are myriad measures and underlying forces that must align perfectly to make Wi-Fi indistinguishable from magic and meet today’s customer demand.

This month at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016, Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS, will discuss how service providers can readily address Wi-Fi issues using existing technology and data and talk about alternative metrics for evaluating and diagnosing Wi-Fi problems at home.

In her panel, she’ll provide answers to questions such as:

  • What do consumers define as “good” Wi-Fi performance?
  • What factors—such as environment and services—can affect Wi-Fi performance?
  • What is the impact of a customer’s choice of Wi-Fi antennae, frequencies and channel bands on display devices?

Learn more by attending the “Home Wi-Fi Optimization” panel on Thursday, September 29 from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Maria Popo, President of Ubee Interactive and also include insights from David Urban, a Distinguished Engineer at Comcast.

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