Tag: 2050 Project

How ATX is Helping Build a Broadband Cathedral

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | You don’t need to be an art historian to know that Europe is dotted with dozens of soaring stone cathedrals that date back to the 12th century. From an architecture-appreciation standpoint, it’s nearly impossible to stand before one of these majestic structures and not be awed by the [...]

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Top Five Takeaways from Cable-Tec Expo 2022

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | In addition to regrets over consuming the second half of that jumbo cheesesteak, the safe bet is that the majority of Cable-Tec Expo attendees left Philadelphia last week with a sense of excitement and opportunity about the continued broadband dominance of cable operators well into the future. Feel [...]

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Will the HFC Network ever Get to 3GHz?

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | Cable companies knew what they were doing more than a half century ago when they selected coaxial cable as their preferred medium. Estimates vary, but most cable technology experts calculate that modern coax cable is capable of supporting frequencies topping off between 6–10GHz, meaning that MSOs could theoretically [...]

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MSOs: Don’t get Knocked Off Course by the ‘Fiber Frenzy’

By Jay Lee, ATX Chief Technology Officer and Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | Fiber, let’s face it, is on a roll. In the past year or so, the future prospects of broadband service providers building out FTTH networks have brightened. A windfall of public funding dedicated to closing the so-called Digital Divide appears disproportionately [...]

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Debunking the Fiber is Faster than Coax Myth

By Joe McGarvey, Marketing Director | When it comes to the evolutionary path of the HFC network, all roads lead to fiber, a broadband transmission medium offering almost limitless bandwidth. That’s the reason cable operators routinely — and almost exclusively — pull PON technology out of their toolboxes when it comes to greenfield buildouts. Fiber, [...]

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ATX Reveals Findings of 2nd Annual HFC Evolution Survey

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | The instillation of the first fiber nodes in the cable access plant in the early 1990s gave birth to the Hybrid Fiber-Coax network. What seemed like an inauspicious event at the time, turned out to be the launch date of the world’s most robust and resilient delivery system [...]

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Welcome to the Golden Age of Broadband

By Dan Whalen, ATX President & CEO | The last 18 months have been absolutely insane with the COVID and supply pandemics, and it had been a while since I came up for air. And a thought dawned on me: With everything going on, have we overlooked how much the broadband industry has impacted the [...]

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Why Cable Operators are in ‘Good Hands’ with DOCSIS

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | Recent news cycles have been dedicated to the debate over whether cable operators should continue investment in their HFC networks or instead ditch their DOCSIS® ambitions in favor of some flavor of Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) technology. Any declaration of support for either approach, like this one, is treated as [...]

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Cable Operators Weigh Upstream Bandwidth Expansion Options

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | Surfing the Internet has long been a heavily asymmetrical activity, with end users receiving magnitudes more data than they send back toward the headend. But the disproportion between downstream and return-path traffic payloads is beginning to dissipate. Increases in the sophistication of online gaming, an uptick in the [...]

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Why Your HFC Evolution Strategy Requires Frequent Refreshing

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | Most cable technologists and engineers tend to think and plan in increments of about five years or so. And for good reason: technology evolves at such a rapid rate that today’s cutting-edge equipment, and the adoption assumptions it is based on, could be outdated, or even obsolete, within [...]

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