Time Warner Cable’s Mike LaJoie, Cablevision’s Yvette Kanouff, Cox Communications’ Kevin Hart, and Buckeye Cablesystem’s Joe Jensen share their thoughts on some of the most prominent technological challenges they are dealing with today, and a few they might have to contend with tomorrow.
Cable has made incredible progress in network and service reliability/availability. From vast improvements of the early days to the introduction of lifeline services like voice, we have reduced customer reported troubles from 40 percent to under 3 percent in an amazingly short time. Network troubles have followed a similar trajectory.
Active Broadband Networks said its service management system now supports the IMS Rx interface as specified in PacketCable 2.0. The support for the interface paves the way for the delivery of IMS services over DOCSIS networks by providing support for PCMM policy control via the Diameter-based Rx interface.
Comcast Business’ Ethernet services are doing the heavy lifting for PBS Coals, which is the fourth-largest coal producer in Pennsylvania. In order to serve PBS Coals, Comcast Business extended its fiber network to the company’s 10 mining and processing facilities located across Somerset County.
Optical transport networks (OTN) switching are reaching mainstream status with service providers. To wit: 86 percent of the service providers surveyed by Infonetics Research said they planned to deploy OTN switching. Packet-optical is a niche market today, representing only 10 percent of all optical spending, but by 2016 nearly all operator respondents want systems that integrate OTN switching and packet switching in the same platform
Time Warner Cable announced this morning it had changed its Twitter customer care handle to @TWC_Help. The new customer care handle gives Time Warner Cable a more unified front with all Time Warner Cable Twitter handles following the “TWC” designation.
The Ethernet switch market is undergoing a transformation as end users start to favor products purpose-built and optimized according to deployment location, in the data center, enterprise, small and medium businesses (SMBs) and carrier Ethernet services.
Buckeye Cablesystem sister company Telesystem said it has embarked on a network upgrade to achieve 99.999 percent availability for its IP-based services. Five-nines availability translates to no more than 5.26 minutes of downtime per rolling year.
Cable One is spending $60 million on a infrastructure enhancement, which includes upgrading nearly 50,000 amps, installing more than 600 nodes, replacing 800 miles of cable and adding 600 miles of fiber. The project started last year and will continue through next year.
Arris CEO Bob Stanzione has assembled his new leadership team now that the deal to buy Motorola’s Home division closed yesterday. Former Charter Communications CTO Marwan Fawaz, who joined Motorola last year, won’t be a part of the new executive team, but Stanzione said in a company memo that Fawaz would stay on board over the next few weeks to help with the transition.
In order to better serve its business customers, Rogers Communications announced yesterday that had bought a data center subsidiary from Primus Telecommunications Group for $200 million. Rogers paid cash for Primus’ Blackiron Data and the acquisition closed yesterday.
This morning Zanaware Technologies announced a new service that provides multiple headend device backup, recovery and monitoring for cable operators. The service, Headend Health (HEalth) Manager Service, augments the capabilities of Zanaware’s Auto Backr Pro, which has been deployed by eight of the top-10 largest cable operators in North America.
Device Cloud Networks said it will adopt Cycle 30’s back office management products to handle billing, provisioning, rating and diagnostics. DCN specializes in machine-to-machine (M2M) enablement for clients in the communications industry.
Stick a fork in Arris’ acquisition of Motorola. Arris announced this morning that its $2.3 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility’s Home division from Google was wrapped up. The completion of the acquisition, which was first announced Dec. 19, came after the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) signed off on the deal on Friday.
Arris announced this morning that the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) had signed off on its $2.235 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility’s Home division from Google.With the DoJ stamp of approval in hand, Arris has cleared all of the regulatory hurdles and expects the transaction to close “on or about April 17.”
The subsidiary of the United Electric Cooperative is using Entone’s FusionTV to deliver both linear and over-the-top content on the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network it is building in rural Missouri, using money from the Broadband Stimulus.
Level 3 announced this morning that its board of directors had promoted chief operating officer Jim Storey to CEO. Storey takes over the tiller from longtime CEO Jim Crowe, who announced last month that he was stepping down by year’s end.
Shaw Communications and Alcatel-Lucent have laid claim on the first successful field trial in North America for 400 Gbps data transmissions over a live network. Using Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 PSS with the 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE), the trial ran over a 400 kilometer route between Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.
Digital Rapids is making available presets for its media transformation and workflow solutions designed specifically to make it easier for suppliers to prepare their content for streaming on Netflix. The Netflix presets will be available for the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0.
Harmonic has integrated Aspera’s fasp technology in its Media Applications Server (MAS). The combined solution allows complex workflows to be orchestrated and enforced, allowing quick and efficient routing of content to the intended destination, the two companies explained.
Transmitting data using simple LEDs is still a research technology, but it took another step closer to practical implementation when the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute used off-the-shelf LED room lights for data transmission with data rates up to 800 Mbps in one laboratory experiment.
Broadcom continues its push to support 5G WiFi with the announcement today of a router that supports the technology; it has made the 5G WiFi hotspot available through SK Telecom. Broadcom's 802.11ac Wi-Fi boasts speeds up to three times faster and up to six times more power efficient than previous generations of Wi-Fi.
Companies deploying fiber to the home are reporting saving an average of 20 percent on opex costs. The survey from the FTTH Council also reveals to 20 percent yearly increase in North American homes connected to all-fiber networks.
The company is deploying equipment from Edgewater to deliver its business VoIP and data services. Megapath provides managed data, voice, security and hosted IT services in North America, using T1 and Ethernet connections. It is now installing its T1 and Ethernet circuits using Edgewater’s EdgeMarc 4552 Series ESBC as a WAN access router.
Comcast has enabled IPv6 functionality on its entire Arris C4 CMTS footprint, completing a process begun the middle of last year. The transition to IPv6 is necessitated because the fund of IPv4 addresses is approaching exhaustion. At the same time, NIST has just issued IPv6 transition guidelines.