Tag: Docsis 4.0

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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Are Cable Operators as Concerned About FTTH Providers as They Should be?

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | At the beginning of 2021, we asked a universe of roughly 100 cable industry professionals who took the ATX HFC network evolution survey to express their concern level over the long-term competitive threat posed by Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) broadband providers. Nearly 45% of survey takers considered the challenge from [...]

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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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Hitting the upstream ‘sweet spot’ with DOCSIS 4.0

Light Reading – Expanding spectrum – particularly in the upstream direction – is one of the hallmarks of DOCSIS 4.0, a new set of specs that will deliver multiple-gigabit speeds alongside support for enhanced security and lower latencies. But operators have a lot of optionality to noodle on as they decide where to eventually set [...]

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Why I’m a Proud Follower of the Cult of Coax

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | I got nothing against fiber. As far as broadband media goes, fiber’s got a lot going for it. That’s why it’s the go-to choice among broadband service providers, including cable operators, for extending their services to new areas and regions. Nobody is knocking fiber. But I must admit [...]

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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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Why the Time to Futureproof your Network is Now

By Dan Whalen, ATX President & CEO | Regrettable spend, roughly defined as technology investments with short lifespans or absorbing unnecessary operational costs to retread the same ground, keeps cable execs and engineers up at night as much as anything else. Some potential bad news for cable operators is that they may be losing more [...]

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Prepping Your HFC Network for DOCSIS 4.0 – Part I

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | Despite being virtual, the 2020 edition of the Cable-Tec Expo more than lived up to historical standards for showcasing the latest technologies and trends shaping the future direction of the cable industry. This month’s expo featured dozens of presentations and papers capturing the most forward-looking research and education [...]

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Start Building the HFC Network of the Future – Today

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | Futurists, looking ahead to the technology landscape of the year 2050, envision a communications environment that looks like something out of a science-fiction movie. Think holodecks and other deeply immersive experiences that blur the boundaries between humans and machines. Nobody, of course, can predict with any accuracy what [...]

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