CED Show Daily - SCTE Cable-Tec EXPO
Cable operators and their vendors had plans to have a downloadable conditional access system (DCAS) commercially ready right about now. Given how frequently DCAS has been delayed in the past, it should come as no surprise that DCAS has been delayed again, to sometime in 2009.
At their least intrusive, femtocells may be a technological Switzerland, neither favoring nor opposing the existing broadband infrastructure. At their worst, femtos, which should be in serious trials by the end of this year and on the market early next year, are the advance scouts for invading telecom forces...
There’s good news for all network architects: life is about to get very simple. Why? Services are all migrating to IP/Ethernet, and Ethernet transport technologies are being specified, developed and tested as we speak.
There are many drivers pushing cable operators to an all-digital environment, but no matter what the reason is for the transition, cable operators would be well advised to start working on the roadmaps that will take them down the all-digital roadway.
In the late 1990s, streets across the U.S. were narrowed to one or two lanes as construction crews carved the earth to lay the fiber optics that would shoulder the burgeoning demand for Internet bandwidth. Then the dot-com bubble burst...
Panasonic North America chairman and CEO Yoshi Yamada is quoted in this month’s “Memory Lane” as predicting the death of the set-top box.
“The set-top box for cable is going to disappear,” said Yoshi Yamada, whose company is now building cable reception technology directly into TV sets.
At the beginning of the last century, some thought that if you had enough data and a powerful enough computer, you could predict everything. It was just a matter of having all the equations and knowing the constants and the “initial conditions;” then the computer would calculate the result.
On December 12, 2006, the head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, filed an emergency petition at the FCC. It seems that the organization that was using three toll-free phone numbers had fallen behind in paying its phone bills.
For years, network and service monitoring tools have been providing operations engineers with invaluable information for troubleshooting, diagnosis and problem resolution.
CED Show Daily - The Cable Show - 2008 - Show Daily coverage directly from the show.
The chief technology officers joining us this year are, in alphabetical order, Chris Bowick of Cox Communications, Marwan Fawaz of Charter Communications, and Tony Werner of Comcast. The article was assembled from live interviews and written comments, and edited a bit for length by CED Editor Brian Santo.
In the high-stakes broadband game, DOCSIS 3.0 has been an ace in the hole for the cable industry, and this year that card will be on the table as MSOs start to roll out faster broadband services by using DOCSIS 3.0’s wideband downstream channel bonding.