Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
Optical transport has been transformed as integrated high-performance Digital Signal Processing has enabled vendors such as Cisco to squeeze more capacity at greater distances than ever before. Advanced modulation techniques and Forward Error Correction are now commonly deployed. Cisco NCS 2000 platform can drive up to 140 channels, ranging up to 200 Gbps each, with the ability to drive 100 Gbps channels to over 4000 km.
Now we’re seeing the same concept appear in the cable space as DOCIS 3.1 sets the stage for new levels of both HFC throughput and capacity optimization. Imagine being able to get an extra 20%-30% of bandwidth out of your existing cable plant without replacing it? DOCIS 3.1 promises to make this a reality.
Cisco’s flagship cable access router, the Cisco cBR-8 Converged Broadband Router was Read More »
Tags: cable, cable access, cBR-8, ccap, cmts, convergence, D3.1, docsis, DOCSIS3.1, epn, NCS 2000, Optical, remote phy, RPHY, scte, SDN, Service Provider, SP
By Todd McCrum, Director of Product Management, Cisco Cable Access BU
Back in the earliest days of television – before satellites began spraying an instant and national video footprint over the Earth – operators wondered whether it made sense to expand spectral capacity any further. At the time (early 1950s), most markets topped out at three channels. The big question was this: why would we ever need room for more than 12 channels of television?
These days, there’s a similar refrain, with a slight shift in tune. It goes like this: why would we ever need a Gigabit-per-second of bandwidth? Read More »
Tags: bandwidth, cable access, cbr8, ccap, Cisco, digital experiences, docsis, evolved ccap, high resolution video, intx, multi-gigabit, Service Provider
When I talk with service provider customers these days about their goals, it’s a very different conversation than in the past. It’s no longer just technology and procurement people in the room; more and more, the people launching the actual services are steering the discussion. And they don’t want to hear about all the complexity of what happens in the network, or focus on cable modem termination system (CMTS) speeds and feeds.
These customers are facing stiff competitive pressure to scale bandwidth many times more than what the current network supports. They’re looking to increase top-line revenues by launching new cloud-enabled services for converged video and “Internet of Everything” (IoE) capabilities in the connected home. They’re preparing for DOCSIS3.1 and evolved Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP), and they want to make it easier and less expensive to implement them. And they want to know what we’re doing to help them extend fiber deeper into the network, virtualize functions, and converge residential and business networks to lower costs.
This is a much more strategic discussion. And it’s one we’re anxious to have, because that’s exactly why we created the Cisco cBR-8 platform.
Cisco cBR-8 Leapfrogs the Competition
Cisco cBR-8 is designed from Read More »
Tags: cable, cable access, cBR-8, ccap, converged cable access platform, docsis, Service Provider
Here’s an industrially trending topic: Broadband speeds. We had the January 2013 FCC mandate for at least one Gigabit community in all 50 states by this year. We have Google’s continued Gigabit push, expected to roll into 18 more cities this year. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) is leading broadband expansion into 93% of U.S. cable homes, while driving initiatives to triple broadband speeds, and further the industry’s leadership and innovation in broadband.
This isn’t the easiest mandate, for service providers. Recall that broadband consumption continues to grow at 50% year-over-year.. And coming up fast are the things of the Internet of Everything, which put another multiplier on broadband consumption.
In short, and whether or not you believe Gigabit services are more “billboard speeds” right now, the Internet needs to go faster..and faster. That’s why you’ll be hearing so much from us this week at INTX about our new cBR-8 — the industry’s first platform with the speed and capacity to deliver (not just test!) 10Gbps DOCSIS 3.1 and capable of supporting scaled deployments of bouquets of DOCSIS 3.0, DOCSIS 3.1, and converged data/video services.
That’s tech-talk for super fast, available, and effective broadband — without the unpopular “forklift upgrade.” We designed the cBR-8 that way on purpose, with three sustaining project goals: 1) massive bandwidth, 2) delivered cost-effectively, to 3) enable our customers a rapid market-entry with reliably competitive broadband products.
Here’s what the cBR-8 brings to the broadband table: Read More »
Tags: cable access, cbr8, ccap, docsis, evolved ccap, intx, multi-gigabit
This is a partner perspective guest blog contributed by Steve Harris, Senior Director, Advanced Network Technologies.
If the category is “SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® Highlights” and the answer is “The SCTE IP Challenge,” then the question is obvious: “What major Cable-Tec Expo event gets underway next week?”
While Cable-Tec Expo is a few months beyond the horizon, the SCTE IP Challenge – the event that gives cable engineering and operations professionals the chance to demonstrate their mastery of IP technology – is coming up fast. The start date for virtual qualifying rounds? That’s an easy one, Alex: June 1.
Sponsored once again by Cisco, the SCTE IP Challenge has become a signature event on the Cable-Tec Expo agenda. Here’s the opportunity for those contestants who are SCTE members and work for a cable MSO: if they’re among the top eight scorers in the two virtual qualifying rounds – June 1-7 and July 13-19 – they win a free pass to SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014 in Denver, where they can compete in the semifinals and finals. Before a live audience Read More »
Tags: cable-tec expo, docsis, ip challenge, scte, Service Provider