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Cable’s cloud forecast: hybrid model

September 23, 2014 5:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

When it comes to cloud environments, cable operators would do well to go with a hybrid model for a variety of reasons, according to a keynote panel Tuesday morning at Expo. Comcast executive vice president and chief technology officer Tony Werner moderated the panel “Cable’s cloud forecast: More apps and infrastructure,” which included a discussion on the role that dev ops and agile developments played in the cloud setting. 


Full Channel’s Griffin nabs IP Challenge championship

September 23, 2014 4:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Full Channel’s Jamie Griffin emerged as the winner in the 2014 SCTE IP Challenge that concluded Monday night. Griffin took top honors over eight other contestants to become this year’s champion. Griffin, of Barrington, R.I., is director of technology with Full Channel. 


Ericsson buys majority stake in Apcera

September 23, 2014 12:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Ericsson said the acquistion of Apcera's PaaS will allow it to deliver complete cloud automation to run all workloads and use cases, while providing complete control for infrastructure. The company hopes to extend the same approach into operator and enterprise clouds.


Casa debuts CMTS version for smaller headends

September 23, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The C40G is a highly available, fully redundant, I-CCAP platform that enables MSOs to deploy MPEG video, IPTV, and DOCSIS over a single port.  It uses all of the existing C100G CCAP modules including: the downstream module; switching module; and upstream modules. 


This Technology standardizes SCTE-35 signals

September 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

This Technology announced Congruity Intelligent Signal Processor (iSP) for efficient management of SCTE-35 cues across all delivery platforms. The latest addition to This Technology's portfolio features cloud-based software that normalizes the wide variances of SCTE-35 messages MVPDs receive from programmers.


Carrier grade Wi-Fi poised for liftoff

September 23, 2014 8:22 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With Wi-Fi access points multiplying exponentially, service providers need to find better ways to manage their networks while providing the best user experience possible. During the SCTE’s pre-conference symposium on Monday, CableLab’s Mark Poletti and ZCorum’s Scott Helms went over how to build better Wi-Fi networks, both in public places and in customers’ homes.


Cordova re-elected chairman of SCTE board

September 23, 2014 8:11 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced at the Cable-Tec Expo show in Denver that Sudddenlink chief technology officer and executive vice president Terry Cordova was re-elected chairman of the board for the upcoming 2014-2015 term. During the meeting, the board thanked Mike LaJoie, executive president and CTO of Time Warner Cable, for his service, including two years as chair.


DRM evolving but still a work in progress

September 23, 2014 1:10 am | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Comments

From Cable-Tec Expo: For DRM to take its rightful place at the top of the content security pyramid, there must be a convergence of creative new business models and enabling technologies, and all with the changing expectations of the consumer in mind.


Just moving to D3.1 modems can be a huge benefit

September 23, 2014 12:48 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

From Cable-Tec Expo: Thirty percent of QAMs would be able to go to 2048 QAM without doing anything to your network. “Take your system, with no changes except putting in 3.1, you can get a 46 percent expansion of capacity over the DOCSIS 3.0 network.”


Software upgrade jumps Cisco’s CMTS downstream count

September 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco's new 6 Gigabit Shared Port Adapter (6G SPA) is a software upgrade of the 3G SPA line card for its uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router CMTS. With the upgrade, the number of downstream channels available for the uBR10K jumps from a total of 1,152 to 1,728, without any additional rack space.


VeEX adds OTDR functions to 10G multi-service tester

September 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The TX300S integrates a set of physical layer optical test tools, including a full featured OTDR, a power meter, a light source and a visual fault locator. Fiber inspection probes provide end face analysis according to IEC standards ensuring connectors will not be a potential source of problems or system outage.


RFMD expands GaN amp line for DOCSIS 3.1 networks

September 22, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The newest addition to RFMD's product portfolio for DOCSIS 3.1 includes power doubler amplifiers, push pull amplifiers, optical receivers, a reverse path amplifier, and a family of digital step attenuators. With the addition of these new products, RFMD now offers more than 25 products tailored for DOCSIS 3.1 applications.


Pico Digital introduces new miniCMTS

September 22, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Pico Digital introduced what it’s calling a miniCMTS, optimized for multi-family residential applications, private networks, and small cable providers. The company’s aim was to provide a rich feature set at a low price point. It can support up to 400 DOCSIS cable modems, DOCSIS 2.0, or a mix of 2.0 and 3.0.


FourthWall preparing set-top monitoring system

September 22, 2014 11:25 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Precision Diagnostics will collect a range of set-top box data, including Model Info, current status of STB, signal frequencies and signal levels, and much more, and constantly monitors equipment to make sure it's functioning correctly.


Alaska’s GCI connects with T-Mobile on roaming

September 19, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

GCI, which is the largest triple play provider in Alaska, has inked an LTE roaming agreement with T-Mobile that provides its wireless customers access to an LTE network from Fairbanks, Alaska to Miami, Florida. While roaming agreements across the country are nothing new, GCI said the deal with T-Mobile was the nation’s first LTE roaming partnership. Financial terms of the deal weren’t released.



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