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Google begins launching Internet-beaming balloons

June 18, 2013 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online. Ground stations about 60 miles apart would bounce Internet signals up to the balloons. The signals would hop backward from one balloon to the next to keep people continuously connected.

Netgear sampling MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender

June 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Netgear is sampling a MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender based on Entropic’s silicon and software. Netgear’s WM2500RP extender is designed for service providers to use to boost coverage in whole-home video and data installations. The device delivers more than 400 Mbps of usable MAC (medium access control) throughput.

CableLabs announces first devices to achieve DPoE qualification

June 17, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning CableLabs announced qualification of the first devices that use the DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specifications. Devices achieving qualification status were DPoE systems from CommScope, Huawei, Sumitomo Electric, and ZTE and optical network units (ONUs) from CTDI, Finisar, Huawei, and Sumitomo Electric. 

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Time Warner Cable Business expands Teleworker availability

June 14, 2013 11:01 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class has expanded the availability of its Teleworker Solutions, which includes four bundled packages to pick from, across its Texas, Mid-West and Pacific West markets. The bundles combine high-speed Internet with business class phone and managed security to meet the needs of remote office workers.

Cisco announces newest core router: the CRS-X

June 13, 2013 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco today announced a new member of its Carrier Routing System (CRS) family of core routers, this one providing about 10 times the capacity of the founding product in the line, the CRS-1, which debuted in 2004. The new CRS-X, which will be available later this year, is a 400 Gbps per slot system that can be expanded to nearly 1 Pbps (petabit per second) in a multi-chassis deployment.

NetCracker lands BSS deal with Cox Business

June 13, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has signed on to use NetCracker Technology’s managed services business support system (BSS.) The multi-year deal enables Cox Business to use NetCracker’s new TOMS (Telecom Operations & Management Solutions) version 9.0.

Live from the Show: Cable Show 2013 Day III

June 12, 2013 10:42 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

As we roll into the third day of the NCTA Cable Show 2013, we ponder on what we have learned about X2 and the race to put stuff in the cloud, about high school football in Florida, about CCAP technology, and about life in general. Actually, not so much about life in general.

From the Cable Show: "Disruptors" not so disruptive

June 10, 2013 6:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Executives from Vox Media, Jawbone, Twitter, and Roku were all quite enthusiastic about being complements to the cable industry, but they all wished that cable would innovate a little faster. Tom Rutledge meanwhile essentially admonished programmers to give it up already.

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Live From the Show: Cable Show 2013 intro

June 10, 2013 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

We're in Washington D.C., for the 2013 NCTA Cable Show. Eight of 10 buildings surrounding the convention center are being constructed, reconstructed, or deconstructed -- even the Washington monument is wreathed in scaffolding. There's a metaphor in there somewhere...

Cable Show: Cox, Cisco team up on two CCAP trials

June 10, 2013 11:01 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications and Cisco have taken the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) for a test-drive in two trials. In addition to Cox, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have also kicked the tires on CCAP, which will eventually combine edge QAMs and cable modem termination systems into one ultra-dense platform.

Applied Broadband sells IPDR analysis tool

June 7, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Guavus has purchased Applied Broadband’s Pipeline product. Pipeline is used for collecting, analyzing and mediating IPDR (Internet Protocol Detailed Records) data, drawn from cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) to understand bandwidth consumption and network activity.

Report: Service provider router market declines in Q1

June 6, 2013 11:55 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The service provider router market declined in the first quarter of this year, according to a recent report by Dell’Oro Group. The latest results were part of a continuing trend with quarterly market revenue growth stagnant since mid-2011, which was the last time the market experienced double-digit growth. 

NA up, other regions down in broadband spending

June 6, 2013 11:48 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The broadband aggregation equipment market has dipped in most regions, but service providers were spending in North America to combat cable operators’ DOCSIS 3.0 deployments. Spending on DSL, PON and FTTH equipment decreased 7 percent from the fourth quarter of last year to the first quarter of this year for a total of $1.5 billion worldwide, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

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Connectors in the field make plug and play WDMs a snap

June 6, 2013 12:07 am | by Tom Warren | Articles | Comments

With some forethought and up front engineering, the connectorization of WDM components may relieve much of the pain associated with WDM deployments. Let’s take a quick look at how most MSOs are currently installing WDM components and propose some alternatives that could reduce the restoration time of field outages to hours instead of days.

Engineering-wise: Time for the Time Domain

June 5, 2013 11:10 pm | by Daniel Howard | Articles | Comments

It’s time for upstream engineers to start thinking in the time domain as well as the RF spectrum domain. We can use time domain data to maximize our upstream capacity and robustness as we load up the upstream with DOCSIS 3.0 carriers, turn on S-CDMA, and/or prepare for OFDM in DOCSIS 3.1. The good news is that there are lots of options for how to get that data.

Grand unification for home networking standards

June 5, 2013 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Manufacturers of gear that operate on a grab-bag of networking technologies – HomePlug, MoCA, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet – are setting up a certification system for a new category of home networking equipment that will make all four networking approaches interoperable. The result should be a boon for service providers setting up whole-home services.

Comcast combines CMC, IP Services, into Wholesale unit

June 5, 2013 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast announced the reorganization of several operations dedicated to managing services on behalf of customers, essentially by folding the previously separate IP services operation with the Comcast Media Center under an umbrella unit called Comcast Wholesale. Comcast Wholesale now incorporates CMC units including Content Solutions, HITS and AdDelivery, with the IP Services unit, which provides data and voice services.

Concurrent software manages VOD / CDN storage

June 3, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Concurrent has developed a video archiving system that matches the popularity of any given video asset to the most cost-efficient storage option available as that asset waxes and wanes in popularity. The company said an unidentified major customer is testing the product, a software element of Concurrent’s MediaHawk video processing platform.

Cisco: M2M manifests; video still driving global traffic

May 29, 2013 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

According to the company's latest global Internet traffic report, M2M Internet traffic has begun to have a measurable impact on global IP networks. The latest version of the annual Visual Networking Index also attested to the ongoing nature of other well-known trends: on a global basis, more people are getting connected, data consumption is increasing, and video represents a growing constituent element of global traffic.

HomeGrid Forum and HomePNA Alliance merge

May 28, 2013 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The merged organization, operating under the HomeGrid Forum name, will continue to support both G.hn and HomePNA. With G.hn-based products beginning to hit the market, the merger creates an organization that will guide those planning new networks based on G.hn as well as migrating from earlier network technologies to G.hn.

Oi taps home Wi-Fi routers for public access

May 28, 2013 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Brazilian telecommunications provider is preparing to commercialize a technology that North American MSOs have been only talking about so far: the ability to partition residential Wi-Fi routers to use some of the bandwidth for public mobile access. Oi is using enabling technology from Aptilo Networks.

Casa Systems debuts CCAP platform

May 28, 2013 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

When fully loaded, the C100G can support 8,000 downstreams. The system is a highly available, fully redundant, integrated CCAP (I-CCAP) platform does exactly what CCAP was meant to do: it enables MSOs to deploy MPEG video, IP video (IPTV) and/or DOCSIS broadband over any single port. 

MEF unveils new service operations committee

May 24, 2013 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) recently formed its services operations committee, which was designed to define, streamline and standardize processes for buying, selling, delivering and operating MEF-defined services. Allan Langfield, senior director of product development at Comcast Business, and Shahar Steiff, AVP business operations at PCCW Global, were tabbed as the co-chairs of the service operations committee.

FCC kicks off Phase II of Connect America Fund

May 23, 2013 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC announced Phase II of the Connect America Fund, extending the program designed to encourage the extension of broadband networks to reach unserved and underserved Americans, mostly in rural areas. The announcement was hailed by phone companies, but was met with disappointment by the smaller cable operators who typically provide services in the areas targeted by the fund.

Overture snags $8 million in funding

May 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Carrier Ethernet vendor Overture Networks announced this morning that it had secured  an initial equity investment of $8 million, with an opportunity to raise up to $11.7 million. Overture will also be opening two new development centers in Westford, Massachusetts and Bangalore, India to support its existing engineering team in its Research Triangle Park, North Carolina headquarters.

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