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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dell’Oro: Cable infrastructure investments to hit $2B by 2023

Investments in cable infrastructure is projected to reach $2 billion by 2023, according to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group.

“Global cable operators are investing heavily in distributed access architectures to make their networks more efficient, offer premium bandwidth, and stay ahead of fiber-based competitors,” noted Jeff Heynen, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Today’s investments in DAAs will prepare cable operators for a future of 10 Gbps services using a combination of extended spectrum DOCSIS, full duplex DOCSIS 3.1 and, ultimately, fiber to the home,” continued Heynen.

Additional highlights from the Broadband Access 5-Year Forecast Report:
  • Sales of cable broadband access equipment will increase from $1.5 billion in 2019 to $2 billion in 2023, driven by spending on remote PHY and MACPHY devices, as well as virtual CCAP platforms. Spending on cable equipment will grow faster than PON equipment over the same period.
  • XGS-PON will outpace NG-PON2 deployments throughout our forecast period, owing to lower component and equipment costs.
  • VDSL Profile 35b and Gfast will offset some—not all of the revenue loss from declining ADSL port shipments. Some major Gfast deployments are already seeing signs of shrinking, as governments lobby operators to increase their investments in fiber.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Cable industry outlines vision for 10G services

NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, CableLabs and Cable Europe outiline a vision for delivering 10G consumer broadband services in the United States and across the globe in the coming years.

Cable operators in the U.S., whose networks currently pass 85 percent of U.S. homes, including Comcast, Charter, Cox, Mediacom, Midco and others – plus international operators, including Rogers, Shaw Communications, Vodafone, Taiwan Broadband Communications, Telecom Argentina, Liberty Global and more, are implementing the new 10G initiative, with lab trials already underway, and field trials beginning in 2020. 1 gigabit service is currently available across 80% of the cable footprint in the U.S., up from 5% in 2016.

Intel promises 10G-ready technology from the network infrastructure to home gateways.

“With groundbreaking, scalable capacity and speeds, the 10G platform is the wired network of the future that will power the digital experiences and imaginations of consumers for years to come,” said NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell. “As an industry, we are dedicated to delivering an exceptional national infrastructure that will power digital advancement and propel our innovation economy into the future.”

“CableLabs creates the technology that supports the deployment of high-capacity broadband networks and gigabit services at scale for the industry,” said CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney. “With the 10G platform, CableLabs will help ensure the broadband infrastructure will be in place globally with the capacity and performance needed in the future to fuel new innovations and emerging technologies that will transform and enhance the way we live.”

https://www.10gplatform.com/

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cisco offers flexible DOCSIS licensing to MSO customers

Cisco is introducing a DOCSIS licensing plan for cable operator customers using its Converged Broadband Router (cBR-8) platform.

Unlike traditional licensing models for converged cable access platform (CCAP) devices, which require cable operators to purchase large numbers of new bandwidth licenses for every service group where they want to offer the expanded service, Cisco's new pricing plan has only one license type based on bandwidth consumption.  This enables cable operators to provision all of the capacity of their CCAP platforms without restrictions or upfront licensing expense.

Cisco said the new licensing plan, which it calls Infinite Broadband Unlocked (IBU), is aligned to the number of subscribers across the network, so license investment is highly aligned to revenues and avoids stranded capital.

“IBU helps cable operators be more competitive and gain subscriber market share,” said Sean Welch, vice president and general manager, Cable Access, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “We have listened carefully to our customers, and with this new offer we have specifically focused on making DOCSIS licensing simple and aligned with their business objectives.”

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Altice restructuring spins out U.S. operations

Roughly 18 months after acquiring Cablevision Systems, the leading MSO in the NY metro region in a deal valued at $17.7 billion at the time, Altice N.V. announced a corporate restructuring centered on the separation of Altice USA from Altice Europe.

The separation is to be effected by a spin-off of Altice NV’s 67.2% interest in Altice USA through a distribution in kind to Altice NV shareholders.

Following the spinoff, the two companies will be led by separate management teams.

Patrick Drahi, founder of Altice, will retain control of both companies through Next2 and will serve as President of the Board of Altice Europe and Chairman of the Board of Altice USA.

In addition, Altice Europe will reorganize its structure comprising Altice France (including French Overseas Territories), Altice International and a newly formed Altice Pay TV subsidiary.

“The separation will allow both Altice Europe and Altice USA to focus on their respective operations and execute against their strategies, deliver value for shareholders, and realize their full potential. Both operations will have the fundamental Altice Model at their heart through my close personal involvement as well as that of the historic founding team," stated Patrick Drahi.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Infinera intros Auto-Lambda tuning for DAA cable networks

Infinera introduced an Auto-Lambda capability to simplify Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) for cable network operators.

Auto-Lambda provides auto-tuneable 10 Gb/s DWDM automation for optical cable access networks. The capability, which operates over up to an 80-kilometer reach over both single and dual fibers, addresses the need for a “plug-and-go” installation model for service activation. First, central office equipment is configured to a desired wavelength. Later, when a field technician installs the customer premise equipment, Auto-Lambda ensures that the proper wavelength is selected automatically, significantly simplifying the installation. This will enable network operators to scale to extremely large numbers of 10G access points.

The capability is expected to be available in the Infinera XTM Series in the first half of 2018.

Infinera said its Auto-Lambda technology builds on its experience deploying optical networks for several of the top cable operators across North America and Europe.

“With our history of innovation in DWDM access and cable networks, we are excited to directly address DAA,” said Sten Nordell, CTO, Infinera Metro Business Group. “Auto-Lambda demonstrates our ability to greatly simplify access network operations for next-generation cable network architectures.”


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Altice USA launches Suddenlink gigabit in 4 new markets

Altice USA announced the launch of Suddenlink Internet service offering up to 1 Gbit/s download speed in four new Gig Cities, namely Batesville and El
Dorado in Arkansas, Maryville, Missouri and Conroe in Texas, and has also increased the speeds of certain other Suddenlink residential Internet services for existing customers in these regions.

Altice noted that local businesses in the four markets will also have access to the new gigabit service, as well as additional Suddenlink customised services for business that provide multi-gigabit bandwidth.

In addition to the new 1 Gbit/s internet service, residential Internet customers with current download speeds of up to 75 and 100 Mbit/s have been automatically moved to services offering download speeds of up to 100 and 200 Mbit/s, respectively. The standard Suddenlink residential Internet download speeds in each region are now as follows: up to 50, 100, 200 and 400 Mbit/s, plus the new up to 1 Gbit/s service.
* In February, Altice USA announced that it was offering its Suddenlink gigabit Internet service in the Kinston area of North Carolina, including the City of Kinston, Lenoir and Wayne Counties, as well as Lagrange and Walnut Creek. At the same time it also increased speeds for certain existing Suddenlink residential Internet customers.

* Altice USA, describing itself as the fourth largest U.S. cable operator, is a major broadband communications and video services providers, delivering broadband, pay TV, telephony services, WiFi hotspot access, content and advertising services to approximately 4.9 million residential and business customers across 21 states via the Optimum and Suddenlink brands.\

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

XCellAir: MSOs Should Pursue "Wi-Fi First" Strategy Outside the Home

Multi-system operators (MSOs) investing in carrier “Wi-Fi first” deployment strategies outside the home will enable them to compete with mobile network operators (MNOs) for customers — while also saving on mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partnership arrangements, according to a new study commissioned by XCellAir, a start-up specializing in Wi-Fi Quality of Experience (QoE).

XCellAir’s research shows that bringing the Wi-Fi quality of experience closer to that of cellular networks not only allows MSOs to capture new and retain existing customers “beyond the doorstep,” but will also yield a $4.5bn opportunity across the US market.

This opportunity is comprised of $675m in revenue from additional services — better access to video services means better convergence of voice, mobile, broadband and video content, driving uptake of quad-play services and reducing churn. MSOs could also save $3.8bn in MVNO wholesale charges by moving more traffic onto MSO-owned and controlled Wi-Fi networks.

“MSOs would like ‘cable cutting’ to be a fad that will fade as people get older and value convenience more, but this complacency is a huge risk to their business model,” said Narayan Menon, Founder and CTO, XCellAir. “By creating a Wi-Fi first service that goes beyond the home and matches cellular networks for quality of experience, MSOs have the opportunity to create a service that will underpin retention of their quad-play customers and will attract more.

The analysis by Real Wireless and XCellAir is based on a study of 250 live Wi-Fi access points around its offices in Montreal, Canada, modelling common urban scenarios in which public Wi-Fi is in everyday use. The study revealed the underuse and inefficiencies of standard Wi-Fi technology, and where MSOs would otherwise need to focus efforts to create a carrier-grade network. The savings and opportunities available are based on MSOs with a 5% market share across the USA, over five years.

http://xcellair.com/

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ericsson Announces 802.11ac Cable Wi-Fi AP

Ericsson introduced the first 802.11ac Wave 2 access point.  The new Ericsson AP 6335 strand-mounted cable access point uses a DOCSIS modem for backhaul and multi-user MIMO for increased network capacity. It mounts directly on the hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) line to connect both power and backhaul. The AP 6335, part of Ericsson’s leading small cell portfolio, enables network deployment flexibility through standards-based protocols including Passpoint Release 2.0 and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

The company said it has shipped more than 100,000 cable Wi-Fi access points shipped globally to date.

http://www.ericsson.com

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Altera Demos FPGAs for CCAP Architecture

Altera demonstrated its new, flexible and upgradeable silicon solution for  multi-service operators (MSOs) adopting distributed CCAP (converged cable access platform) architecture.

The Altera DOCSIS Remote (MAC) PHY design, which is being demonstrated with partners Analog Devices, and Capacicom, enables cable operators to more efficiently and cost-effectively meet the ever-increasing need to segment cable networks, driven by the demand of high-speed Internet, unicast 4K video and other multimedia content.

The solution uses Altera Arria 10 FPGAs and Analog Devices' class-leading digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), combined with Capacicom's MAC and PHY implementation, resulting in state-of-the-art radio frequency (RF) performance.

"With today's Altera FPGA portfolio and onward technology roadmap coupled with Capacicom's substantial experience in DOCSIS PHY and MAC layers, ADI has now found the perfect combination of partners to extend its leadership in high-performance analog into cable infrastructure solutions," said Carlton Lane, Analog Devices cable solutions manager. "ADI, Altera and Capacicom have set up a long-term collaboration to create the semiconductor industry reference platform for R - (MAC) PHY, with a continuing roadmap commitment to the lowest power consumption and cost per port."

Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs deliver the highest performance at 20 nm.  The company said its Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are up to 40 percent lower power than previous generation FPGAs and SoCs and feature the industry's only hard floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks with speeds up to 1,500 giga floating-point operations per second (GFLOPS).

http://www.altera.com/arria10

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Altice to Enter U.S. Cable Market with Acquisition of Cablevision & Suddenlink

Altice, the second largest communications company in France, confirmed plans to acquire Cablevision, the fifth largest cable operator in the United States. Under the agreement, Altice will pay $34.90 in cash for each Cablevision share, for an enterprise value of approximately $17.7 billion. The transaction is to be financed with $14.5 billion of new and existing debt. Altice has received full financing commitments from JP Morgan, BNP Paribas and Barclays.



Cablevision serves the New York City metropolitan area, passing more than 5 million premises and serving more than 3.1 million residential and business customers.  With approximately 65% of its cable customers subscribing to triple-play services, Cablevision generates industry-leading ARPU and benefits from high customer loyalty. The deal also includes Lightpath, the company’s business services unit, as well as local news operations.

Earlier this year, Altice announced plans to acquire Suddenlink for $9 billion, a cable operator based in St. Louis with 1.4 million subscribers in 17 states. The combination of Cablevision + Suddenlink will make Altice the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S. with 4.6 million customers in 20 states.

“As a family business we are proud to be entrusted by the Dolan family with the ownership of Cablevision and look forward to continuing the pioneering path they have paved for us. The strategy of Altice in the large and highly strategic US market is reinforced with the acquisition of Cablevision. We will be in a stronger position, as in all other markets in which we operate, to deliver the best services, invest in the most advanced technology, and develop innovative products for the benefit of our customers,” stated Patrick Drahi, Founder and President of Altice.


http://www.altice.net/


  • Cablevision was founded in the 1960s by Charles Dolan.
  • In 2014, Altice acquire SFR from Vivendi, combining it with Numericable, which has over 5.2 million fiber homes in France, with more than 10 million homes passed. SFR has 3G/4G mobile networks in France as well as 1.6 million fiber homes.
  • In June 2015, Altice acquired Portugal Telecom.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Comcast Rolls out 2 Gbps Residential Service

Comcast is launching a symmetrical, 2 Gbps residential broadband service starting next month in the Atlanta metro area.


The Comcast Gigabit Pro service will be delivered via fiber-to-the-home. Comcast says the service will be available to any home within close proximity of its fiber network and will require an installation of professional-grade CPE.

Comcast also said it plans to expand the 2 Gbps service to other markets across the country.  The goal is to have the service available to 18 million homes by the end of the year.

"Our approach is to offer the most comprehensive rollout of multi-gigabit service to the most homes as quickly as possible, not just to certain neighborhoods," said Doug Guthrie, SVP of Comcast Cable’s South Region.

To date, Comcast has built out more than 145,000 route miles of fiber across its service area.

http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/comcast-begins-rollout-of-residential-2-gig-service-in-atlanta-metro-area

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Charter to Acquire Brighthouse for $10.4 Billion

Charter Communications, the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S., agreed to acquire Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. Bright House is the sixth largest cable operator in the United States, and serves approximately 2 million video customers in central Florida including Orlando and Tampa Bay, as well as Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, and California.

Tom Rutledge, President and CEO of Charter Communications said, "Bright House Networks provides Charter with important operating, financial and tax benefits, as well as strategic flexibility. Bright House has built outstanding cable systems in attractive markets that are either complete, or contiguous with the New Charter footprint. This acquisition enhances our scale, and solidifies New Charter as the second largest cable operator in the US. I look forward to working with the Bright House team, whom we have known for years, in delivering great products and services to grow our market share."

Steven Miron, Chief Executive Officer of Bright House Networks said, "We are excited about our transaction with Charter. At Bright House Networks, we are very proud of what we have achieved - from the quality of our infrastructure to the level of service our employees provide to customers every day. We share the same vision for the future of our business as Tom and the Charter leadership team, which is to gain market share by offering customers competitive products and excellent service at a tremendous value. Also, our family has known and worked with Tom Rutledge for more than 20 years. Tom managed cable systems that were part of our partnership with Time Warner Cable prior to the formation of Bright House Networks. We think the combination with Charter gives our employees, our customers and Advance/Newhouse the strongest prospects for the future."

https://www.charter.com/
http://brighthouse.com/

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