Comcast picks Sandvine’s Congestion Management for FairShare solution

Mon, 09/22/2008 - 8:25am
Traci Patterson

Comcast Corp. has selected Sandvine’s Congestion Management for FairShare solution, which the company introduced at The Cable Show in May.

FairShare allows service providers to enable fair usage in the shared access network with techniques to ensure equitable allocation of network resources during periods of congestion, according to Sandvine. FairShare helps improve network efficiency and overall subscriber quality of experience (QoE) with policy options, including an application-agnostic approach.

FairShare automatically responds to the changing network environment and subscriber usage patterns in real-time, Sandvine said. It collects subscriber usage metrics from various sources and analyzes the data according to configurable parameters. Based on the results, FairShare dynamically modifies policies to balance available bandwidth and resources among subscribers, the company said.

“Sandvine FairShare incorporates more decision factors and more policy options that enable broadband providers to ensure fair allocation of network resources and optimize network efficiency,” Don Bowman, Sandvine’s CTO, said in May. “FairShare’s approach is unique because it can implement both application-aware and application-agnostic network management strategies. FairShare takes into account the three key dimensions of traffic – speed, latency and jitter – to ensure the reliable delivery of the broadest range of applications with the highest level of overall subscriber satisfaction, especially during periods of heavy usage.”

Terms of the agreement have not been finalized, but Sandvine said that it expects commercial deployment of the product to commence in the fourth quarter.

Comcast said today that its new network management technique works, and it inspired not a single complaint among subscribers in test cities (see “Comcast reports congestion management works”). Comcast is now preparing to roll out the capability.

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