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MSOs must Execute Next-Phase of HFC Evolution with Timing and Precision to Maintain Broadband Leadership

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By Joe McGarvey, Marketing Director | Whether the final destination is DOCSIS® 4.0 or optimizing DOCSIS 3.1 for all its worth, MSOs need to continue to evolve their networks to keep pace with subscriber demand and fend off competitors, including FTTH providers offering multigigabit symmetrical services. But MSOs can’t afford to focus on speed and [...]

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Delivering Affordable Broadband Everywhere

ATX CEO Dan Whalen maps out the company’s shared mission with MSOs to bring robust, sustainable and affordable broadband to the masses, narrowing the Digital Divide along the way. A 2024 Cable Next-Gen Technologies and Strategies keynoter, Whalen details how ATX is assisting its customers in elevating the end-user experience while contributing to the greening [...]

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ATX’s 2024 Technology Predictions: Doubling Down on 2023

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By Joe McGarvey, Marketing Director | ‘Tis the season for prognostication. About this time every year, technology companies and pundits offer up their best estimates of how the trends and business dynamics shaping the industry will play out in the coming year. Almost always missing from this annual ritual is accountability. Like meteorologists who miss [...]

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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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Veteran MSO Engineer offers Insights on Navigating the Journey to DOCSIS 4.0

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | “There’s still a long way to go but it’s a relatively straight-forward chain of events that we’ve been through many times,” said Tee Harton, Senior Director of OSP Engineering at Cox Communications, describing the industry’s eventual adoption of the extended spectrum version of DOCSIS 4.0 at this month’s [...]

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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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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 II

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | A blog published earlier this month tackled the topic of DOCSIS 4.0 readiness from the perspective of MSOs considering deploying the Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) flavor of the recently published CableLabs specifications. This article covers what MSOs need to know to prep their HFC plants for DOCSIS 4.0 [...]

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