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SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Attendees: Welcome to Atlanta!

By Mark Palazzo, VP and GM of Cisco’s Cable Access Business Unit

Just a few more days until the start of this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, to be held in Atlanta from Nov. 14-17. We’re excited to see y’all in our fair city! A lot will go on next week, so we thought we’d put out some signposts about where you can find us, what we’re doing, and what we want to show you while you’re there.

Where you can find us and what we want to show you: We’re piling in to booth #1762, where we’ll be showing everything we’re working on to reinvent the television experience. That means:

  • The Videoscape Experience: “Videoscape” incorporates cloud, network and client devices to drive new video experiences over traditional and Internet-based networks.  That means freeing viewers from the traditional bounds of time, place and platform, towards the realities of anytime, anywhere, any screen.

Specifically, we’ll demonstrate the integration of linear, on-demand and over-the-top content, with our Media Suite – a full lifecycle content management system, for both managed and unmanaged (consumer-purchased) devices. As in set-tops, soft clients, Internet TVs, tablets, smart phones, you name it.

Also on hand: Ways to distribute media inside and outside the home, using our Media Gateway family of products, as well as our “Conductor” – a standards-based, real-time network and device management tool designed specifically for service providers. Read More »

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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire BNI Video

Today, Cisco announces the acquisition of BNI Video, an emerging supplier of video back-office and content delivery network (CDN) analytics capabilities to service providers. This announcement is another step forward in Cisco’s leadership in video, one of Cisco’s five strategic priorities. We will continue to drive growth in this important and exciting market through internal innovation, complemented by acquisitions like BNI Video.

In fact, BNI Video is one in a line of strategic acquisitions to accelerate Cisco’s growth and differentiation in video.  Over the last year and a half, Cisco has acquired ExtendMedia and Inlet Technologies, which added video content management and adaptive bit rate capabilities to our portfolio, respectively.  BNI Video brings back-office video session management and control expertise to Cisco—key elements involved in helping to efficiently deliver ‘TV Everywhere’ services. Together, these additions to Cisco’s video solutions will help service providers in their transition to deliver more powerful on-demand video services and experiences to customers.  This move further demonstrates Cisco’s commitment to our service provider customers and our Videoscape strategy. Additionally, with Boost headquarters in Boxborough, this acquisition will continues Cisco’s ongoing effort to grow our already strong presence in the greater Boston area on top of recent acquisitions such as Starent Networks and LineSider.

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Announcing the SCTE IP Challenge

By Daniel Howard, CTO and SVP, Engineering of SCTE

As you know, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) continues to strive to provide new and unique ways to both train and challenge the cable workforce and our members.   Through our Chapters, we have been holding a very successful Olympic-style challenge for field-level employees that includes both hands-on skill assessments and knowledge-based contests, and this continues to be a big hit with our members and the industry.  But one thing I kept hearing in meetings with cable executives, managers and at SCTE chapters was the need for SCTE to provide resources and involvement opportunities for the IP engineers and computer scientists in our workforce who manage an increasingly larger portion of the overall network.

I’m therefore proud and excited to announce the new SCTE IP Challenge that we developed in partnership with Cisco as a response to this need.  This new interactive event was created to drive awareness of the importance of foundational IP knowledge among the cable workforce, and it is designed to promote the benefits of IP expertise in the cable industry, as well as leverage thought leadership around IPv6 in particular. Read More »

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IBBS Successfully Deploys Cisco Network Registrar, Providing Cloud-based DHCP and DNS Services to over 250 Cable Operators

Integrated Broadband Services (IBBS) is one of the largest cable operators in North and South America? Company name doesn’t ring a bell? You are not alone. According to company executives, “IBBS is the biggest cable company you’ve never heard of.” Here’s why – they’re behind the scenes, working with small and medium-sized local cable operators. IBBS offers hosted or cloud-based services to over 250 cable operators to help them provide data services and voice services to their subscribers – connecting more than one million cable modems across North and South America.

In the late 1990s, small and medium-sized cable television companies across North and South America recognized that to stay competitive with larger players and upstart “triple-threat” providers, they needed to offer high-speed data services to their customers. They faced a significant challenge, however, when it came to provisioning all the new IP-based devices and services they needed to deploy. Writing their own software was a daunting task, but purchasing new solutions was beyond the constrained budgets that most of these companies faced. Read More »

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Why I’m Feelin’ Good About Chicago and The Cable Show

By Mark Palazzo, VP/GM, Cisco’s Cable Access business

As industry vendors, we go into every tradeshow mired in details. From the packed meeting schedules to the booth demos (things go much better when they work…!) to the evening events with customers and industry colleagues, it’s far less glamorous than our non-convention-going friends might think. Right? Then there’s struggle to get the suitcase zipped, with the new tonnage of stuff needing transit back to the office.

It’s only afterwards, with a weekend in between to parse the major themes, that the answers come. I’ve checked in with several Cisco colleagues who were on-site in Chicago for The Cable Show last week. We’re in agreement that if the question is “I saw the whole thing! What happened??” in terms of this year’s blur of a Cable Show, our short list goes like this:

  1. Optimism reigns in cable. In years past, and especially last year, it seemed that a miasma of anxiousness blanketed the cable industry, led by fears of over-the-top video providers – and especially Netflix, as a contender for the industry’s own video-on-demand business. This year, we went into the show fresh with knowledge that Netflix traffic continues to gobble up broadband capacity — yet the sense of optimism amongst service providers was unmistakable. To me, it almost felt like the buoyant good will of the go-go-franchise years, in the late ‘70s. With continued evidence that DOCSIS can see the industry through even the heaviest of bandwidth-heavy times, coupled with significant advancements in both “cloud” and “client” – it’s gratifying, as a vendor company focused nearly entirely on network, client, and cloud! Read More »

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