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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.

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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.

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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.

Optical packet equipment market booming in 1Q

May 22, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The total optical packet equipment market grew 23 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2013 to reach $1.1 billion, according to research firm Dell’Oro Group. Over the trailing four-quarter period, optical packet revenue grew 20 percent to $4.6 billion.

Spirent takes Casa’s CCAP on a test run

May 20, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Casa Systems tapped Spirent Communication’s test platform to put its next generation cable modem termination system (CMTS) and integrated converged cable access platform (CCAP) products through their paces. The Spirent TestCenter was used to validate routing performance, asymmetric throughput, latency and packet loss of Casa Systems’ C10G and C3200 platforms.

Service provider segment powers Cisco's Q2

May 16, 2013 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco reported that second quarter revenue in its Service Provider Video segment grew 30 percent year over year, in its Wireless segment by 27 percent, and in its Data Center segment 77 percent; the average for the company as a whole was 5 percent.

Troy Cablevision's 100G network up and running

May 16, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Troy Cablevison has installed a 100G network in Alabama, using equipment from Optelian. Using funding from the broadband stimulus – specifically the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – Troy Cablevision installed Optelian’s MPX-9110 Flexible 100 Gbps Platform.

Home network interop standard ratified

May 14, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Smart Energy Profile 2 (SEP 2) was developed to enable home energy information, control and management applications, as well as utility communications to devices in and around the home, via wired and wireless connections using IP. Devices might include thermostats, appliances, electric meters, gateways, and vehicles.

Aurora Networks taps Soleto for director of sales in Canada, Alaska

May 14, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optical network vendor Aurora Networks announced this morning that it had hired Vince Soleto as its new director of sales in Canada and Alaska. Soleto previously served as regional sales manager for ATX Networks where he was responsible for selling that company’s products in the same areas.

Samsung testing 5G 100 times faster than 4G

May 13, 2013 1:20 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

 Samsung's new adaptive array transceiver technology will allow data to transmit at higher frequencies than currently possible. Samsung's transceiver transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers.

Huawei founder: we won't spy

May 9, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

During 26 years at the helm of Chinese tech giant Huawei, founder Ren Zhengfei has never once agreed to be interviewed by a journalist. Until now. Huawei is taking steps toward trying to dispel its image as a secretive and opaque company, and to reassure the world of its good intentions.

Zanaware adds support to legacy headend gear

May 9, 2013 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Zanaware Technologies said its products can now support the headend equipment not only of the most prevalent newer systems, but also the equipment of many formerly popular legacy systems from companies such as General Instrument, Scientific-Atlanta and Terayon.

The 2013 CTO Roundtable

May 8, 2013 1:35 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

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.

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