Thursday, at a specially-added session during the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers annual Cable-Tec Expo, another milestone was placed in the evolution of cable modems and broadband networks: The expansion of the specification, to eke even more bandwidth out of existing HFC plant.
It’s called DOCSIS 3.1, and it’s a big deal. Every chapter in the DOCSIS specification added substantially new features – from 1.0 to 1.1 to 2.0 and, the latest workhorse for IP video, DOCSIS 3.0.
DOCSIS 3.1 will take that even further. I’ll stop short of saying it’ll make Read More »
Tags: cable, ccap, docsis, scte, Service Provider, video, videoscape
I’m predicting this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo will go down as another cable technology milestone date. Why: The details of DOCSIS 3.1, the next chapter in cable modems, will finally go public on Thursday, October 18. Also: We’re in Orlando, and we’re within a few years of the 20th anniversary of the Time Warner Cable Full Service Network, which of course happened in Orlando. A milestone in its own right.
And for us, it’s already a milestone year, in a way. Why: We are demonstrating new Videoscape experiences expanded by the recent NDS acquisition, now including the NDS Snowflake experience, and my friend and colleague John Chapman, who pioneered the very first DOCIS spec (1.0, in the mid-‘90s), will be inducted into the SCTE Hall of Fame today. It’s a big deal and we’re really proud of him.
And now for what’s happening in our booth (#2034) at this year’s Expo:
- Videoscape Experiences: We will demonstrate new Videoscape-delivered services and user experiences including NDS Snowflake and companion screen solutions.
- CCAP: The Converged Cable Access Platform is an industry effort to make a “one-size-fits-all” QAM, to keep up with the growth in IP traffic, and to reduce rack space requirements and power consumption.
- Unifying QAM & IP: We will show how digital network control system (DNCS) is evolving to simplify headend management and unify and harmonize QAM and IP connected devices.
- DOCSIS leadership: We will demonstrate how our video-over-DOCSIS 3.0 solution enables cable operators to allocate their DOCSIS network resources to delivery IP video, and maximize the Cisco quality of experience for their subscribers.
And the Expo wouldn’t be the Expo without a wide-and-deep roster of technical papers and presentations. We’re glad to contribute seven papers/presentations this year!
Last but not least, we’re proud to sponsor the SCTE IP Challenge again this year – a friendly competition, held in a fast-paced, “Jeopardy”-styled format, to test attendees’ knowledge of Internet Protocol (IP) technologies. The IP Challenge was scheduled on “Expo Eve,” (Tuesday Oct. 16); we’ll get the results and photos of the winner(s) to you later in the week.
Until then: See you in Orlando and have a productive, tech-rich Expo!
Tags: cable-tec expo, ccap, docsis, scte, Service Provider, video, videoscape
A mobile paradox—huge growth and customer demand, yet significant business and market challenges—is causing many companies in the mobile value chain to question where the industry is heading. They’re struggling to understand the key drivers that will shape the industry and what this new world will mean for them in terms of new challenges and opportunities. Most of all, they want to know the winning strategies for achieving success in this New Mobile World Order.
A number of major disruptions, or strategic inflection points, in the mobile industry are radically altering the entire mobile ecosystem as we know it. Some of these disruptions have been slowly building up steam over the last couple of years, although many of these have just started and have yet to really play out. In the recently published white paper, “The New Mobile World Order: Perspectives on the Future of the Mobile industry,” Cisco IBSG identified eight strategic inflection points that are causing—and stand to cause even greater—disruption and uncertainty in the industry: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, content providers, disruptions, disruptors, equipment providers, future, IBSG, Internet services, mobile, mobile devices, mobile industry, mobile service providers, New Mobile World Order, research, scenarios, software providers
Whether driven by live sports or blockbuster movies, the explosive demand for Internet video keeps rising. Indeed, by 2015, Cisco projects a quadrupling of IP traffic, 90 percent of which will be video.
This is an exciting trend. But headaches abound, up and down the value chain. One solution is the CDN federation, which Read More »
Tags: cdn, cdn federation, CDN federation pilot, Cisco, content delivery network, content providers, IBSG, online video, pure-play CDNs, service providers, SPs, web video, web video value chain
If any doubts remained about the soaring demand for online media, the London Olympics probably dispelled them.
With 217 million viewers in the United States alone, it was the most-watched television event in history. But it also illuminated the evolving habits of online consumers. For starters, two events—the women’s soccer final and women’s gymnastics final—accounted for more online viewership than all events combined during the 2008 Olympics. Tablet computers, particularly the iPad, are driving this trend.
These kinds of striking transitions in online media consumption were top of mind during two gatherings that I attended last week. The first was a roundtable discussion of media executives in Hollywood, which I moderated; the other was a World Economic Forum Industry Partnership Strategy Meeting in New York, focused on media entertainment and mobility.
It was a privilege to be around such industry brain trusts and to share research from Cisco IBSG. Here are four core topics of conversation that emerged: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, content providers, IBSG, internet video, media entertainment, media providers, mobility, online media consumption, online video, service providers, SPs, streaming, WEF, World Economic Forum