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
Another successful ANGA COM for Cisco.
The event itself attracted 17,000 visitors and 1,700 participated in the Congress, listening to over 100 speakers – both areas attracting more people than last year – this is indeed a growing show!
Cisco was well represented in panels and speaking sessions throughout the event, with Alon Bernstein´s talk on virtual CMTS’, Yves Padrines’ panel on Connected & Smart Homes - which was very well attended in spite of taking place on the last afternoon – we counted over 300 people! And of course my own involvement on a panel to discuss how Cloud is key to keeping service provider’s competitive against new players such as the Over-The-Top (OTT) providers.
Above: Check out my presentation from ANGA -- ‘Cloud or not to Cloud, that is the question!’
The main Read More »
Tags: ANGA 2014, cable, ccap, cloud, Connected Home, docsis, rdk, Service Provider, stb, video, videoscape
Written By Daniel Etman, Director, Product Management, Cable Access at Cisco
One of the taller trends protruding from the cable infrastructure side of life these days, along with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), is the fiber optimization and convergence strategy known as “Remote PHY.”
And if you’re into infrastructure trends, know that we expect the matter of Remote PHY to qualify as a genuine hot ticket at the upcoming ANGA show, in Cologne.
Why: Because as service providers with cable access assets roadmap the infrastructure portions of their strategies to provide Gigabit services (residential and enterprise), mobile backhaul, and headend virtualization, they’re finding it increasingly important to be able to use the same fiber(s) for multiple purposes.
Such desires lead directly to Remote PHY, which isn’t Read More »
Tags: cable, ccap, cmts, docsis, NFV, remote phy, SDN, videoscape
By Mike McKeown -- Director of Business Development for Service Provider Video at Cisco, EMEAR
It may be a month of bank holidays in Europe, but there’s no standing still for the video industry in May. We’re proud to say that it started with an announcement from Synergy Research (at the end of April) that we are the leading provider of video technology solutions to the industry.
How, you might ask, do you follow that?
With two of the industry’s most prominent events -- firstly NCTA’s the Cable Show in LA and now ANGACOM in Cologne.
As with every year, NCTA provided a platform for the US cable industry to demonstrate and discuss the latest trends affecting some of the world’s largest cable operators.
On May 20th through 22nd, we’ll undoubtedly be having similar discussions at ANGACOM, but with a specific focus on Read More »
Tags: ANGA 2014, cloud, cmts, docsis, hfc, qam, SDN, Service Provider, videoscape, virtualization
John Chapman, Engineering Fellow and CTO of Cisco System’s Cable Access Business Unit, is a pioneer in broadband communications, having helped to define and write the original DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Specification) spec — which spawned the cable modem marketplace, and, consequently, the broadband explosion we’re living in right now. He’s currently leading the development of the DOCSIS 3.1 specification, which promises substantial throughput and speed gains for residential broadband consumers. In this Q&A, originally posted on the Cable Congress blog “Interview with John Chapman”, he characterizes the highlights of DOCSIS 3.1, why it matters, and current events.
Q. What does DOCSIS 3.1 mean to cable-delivered broadband, as opposed to fiber?
Chapman: Service providers are often under scrutiny in terms of their competitiveness, against fiber-to-the-premise architectures. DOCSIS 3.1 will go a long way in assuaging those misperceptions. It can make that hybrid fiber-coax plant perform as well as fiber, at a fraction of the price of a fiber upgrade. DOCSIS 3.1 is all about getting more bang for the buck – it’s a higher performing, lower cost technology.
Q. What is the biggest change coming, in DOCSIS 3.1? Read More »
Tags: broadband, cable, docsis, john chapman, Service Provider