Aiming to expand global scale for cable technology, CableLabs and Cable Europe Labs have formally agreed to work more closely together on technical topics of mutual interest. Specific examples cited were advanced network architectures and Wi-Fi technology.
The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a one-year trial program during which they will explore possibilities for longer-term joint cooperation.
The relationship between the two organizations was characterized as informal, though there are obvious fruits of their collaboration, notably Euro-DOCSIS and EuroPacketCable.
Moving forward, CableLabs and Cable Europe Labs said they will each identify technical initiatives in which the other organization can more directly participate and contribute. They also agreed to hold two summit meetings, during which staff and members will meet "to share best practices and latest technologies."
"Cable needs scale to thrive, and this is a major step in creating more worldwide scale in our technology development," commented Lorenz Glatz, CTO of Kabel Deutschland Group and Chair of Cable Europe Labs' CTO Committee. "Combining the joint innovative potential of both CableLabs and Cable Europe Labs, will bring significant benefits to such development areas as Hybrid Fiber Coax network evolution, Metro Wi-Fi, energy management and the digital dividend/LTE interference. It's an especially powerful announcement when you consider that we're collaborating with two massive markets between Europe's 72.5 million cable homes and the US market's 91.2 million cable homes, according to Screen Digest yearend figures we received today."
"This accord builds upon the five years of collaboration on specification development and certification testing on high speed data and digital voice to assist cable operators in North America and Europe achieve global economies of scale on new technologies," said Christopher J. Lammers, CableLabs executive vice president and chief operating officer.