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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

New Products: Fairview Microwave, CSG Systems

March 25, 2014 8:08 pm | Comments

Fairview Microwave recently launched a new line of armored coaxial test cables, which were designed to withstand the rigors of continued field and production line testing. | CSG International an-nounced the recent worldwide launch of its new cyber security platform, which was designed for the enterprise security sector.

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Open Mic: The Value of Service Hardening

March 25, 2014 8:00 pm | by Patty Chen, Consulting Manager, IBB Consulting Group | Comments

With competition for subscribers fiercer than ever, retention is paramount for every operator. As MSOs offer services ranging from VOD and cloud user interfaces to Wi-Fi and DVR, delivering reliability via infrastructure improvements has become key to keeping customers happy.

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Engineering-wise: NextGen Digital Video over NextGen DOCSIS

March 25, 2014 7:54 pm | by Daniel Howard, CTO, SCTE | Comments

Modern cable networks provide dynamic digital video transport that is a mix of linear, switched, and on-demand MPEG2 transport streams, as well as multicast, narrowcast and unicast IP video streams carried over DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, or carrier Ethernet.

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Ciciora's Corner: Disruption

March 25, 2014 7:51 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Comments

Major innovation comes in prospering businesses only rarely and with great difficulty. Prosperity brings growth and a growing enterprise has scarce resources which are fully allocated to the present business. Current customers demand all available resources be applied for their needs, leaving little to none to promote new innovation. 

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Capital Currents: Did the FCC Lose the Battle But Win the War?

March 24, 2014 7:30 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

You can tell that the Court of Appeals decision that struck down the FCC net neutrality rules is important because there have been so many opinions flying around about what it means. Some commentators claim the decision goes far beyond the issue of net neutrality to give the FCC authority to regulate virtually any aspect of the Internet.

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Memory Lane: Will the circle be unbroken?

March 24, 2014 7:26 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Comments

If you slice through the snake of black cable that connects to your TV set and peer directly into the exposed innards, you’ll see a circle. Inside it, at the center, is a conductor, which in turn is shielded by insulating material and surrounded by a concentric outer conductor. You’re staring at an essential enabler of the modern telecommunications revolution: coaxial cable.

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Office Space: The Benefits of Fiber-to-the-Desktop for the Mobile Enterprise

March 14, 2014 6:43 pm | by Brian Caskey, Chief Marketing Officer, Zhone Technologies | Comments

Passive optical LAN is a solution that supports the changing corporate landscape by providing the simplicity, scale and bandwidth to address current and future demand, offering a distinct advantage over traditional copper solutions. Fiber technologies benefit stakeholders including employees, businesses and service providers.

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5 Ways cable operators can revolutionize home security

March 13, 2014 8:28 pm | by By Ed Finegold, Director-Strategy, NetCracker Technology | Comments

With some fresh ideas and innovation, cable operators may be able to expand this market substantially to bring home security – or more relevantly, remote home monitoring – to a larger customer segment with a greater variety of offerings that take advantage of the substantial bandwidth – i.e. excess capacity - cable networks can deliver to customer premises.

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OTT traffic growth shifts the playing field for operators

March 13, 2014 8:10 pm | by By David Sokolic, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, PeerApp | Comments

Over-the-top traffic is growing rapidly in every operator network; mobile, cable and telco. What’s a network operator to do? A solution exists to support this new mode of consumption and provide revenue for all the participants in the delivery value chain: transparent caching.

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Service Activation Tests aid in validating carrier Ethernet services

March 13, 2014 4:55 pm | by By Patrick Rüegg, Senior Technical Sales Manager, Albis Technologies | Comments

This article takes a look at the challenges that network operators face in validating carrier Ethernet services, as well as the benefits and associated workflow of using advanced Ethernet demarcation devices (EDD) integrated with service activation test (SAT) technology.

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The Broadband 50

February 13, 2014 8:17 pm | by CED | Comments

Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. We not only figured out what the most important trends, technologies, companies, and people are today, but also ranked them in order of importance. Voila: the 2014 edition of the Broadband 50. Enjoy.

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How Multi-screen viewing can drive transaction-based cable revenue

February 13, 2014 7:57 pm | by By Kent Steffen, president, CSG Content Direct | Comments

All relevant forms of payment – credit, debit, coupon, reward redemption – need to be available directly and at the speed of machines from the customer’s device. The more real-time options of payment operators can offer, the more opportunity for transaction-based revenue they can tap.

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DPoE: What’s the buzz? Flexibility, interoperability are a few of the key features

February 13, 2014 7:45 pm | by Shridhar Kulkarni, product manager, access network solutions, Aurora Networks | Comments

Two years ago, member companies of CableLabs developed the DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specification as an extension of the earlier DOCSIS certification programs with the goal of increasing interoperability and productivity, while providing cable operators with a means to deliver business connectivity services over fiber networks. The DPoE specification makes it possible to implement DOCSIS provisioning.

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Exploring Mobile Backhaul Opportunities

February 13, 2014 3:14 pm | by By Dawn Emms, Director, Marketing, Aurora Networks - A Pace Company | Comments

Consumer hunger for media-rich mobile communications is driving wireless operators to increase bandwidth at their cell sites to accommodate the dynamic growth of data, video and voice traffic generated by bandwidth-hungry applications. As a result, cell tower backhaul represents an enormous business opportunity for cable operators.

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Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

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