Former Hewlett-Packard CTO Phil McKinney was hired as president and CEO of the research consortium CableLabs 28 months ago to pick up the pace of innovation in the cable industry. A self-described "innovation guy," McKinney came in with a mandate from cable CEOs to accelerate product cycles across DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, set-tops, 4K and other industry initiatives. FierceCable caught up with McKinney in Las Vegas and discussed the broad topic of cable industry innovation.
Research consortium CableLabs said that six vendors successfully completed its first DOCSIS 3.1 interoperability test, which took place Dec. 1-5.
Look for interoperability testing on the cable industry's emerging DOCSIS 3.1 platform to begin in late December, and CableLabs certification of products to start in second quarter of next year. That roadmap was outlined today by CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown during a BTR-hosted breakfast session on DOCSIS 3.1 held here at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014.
While several industry organizations are working on standards that would allow providers to manage Wi-Fi networks more like cellular networks, certified products for the standards won't roll out for another two years, CableLabs' Mark Poletti told attendees at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.
The physical deployment of CableLabs' new DOCSIS 3.1 standard is proceeding as scheduled and set to begin at the end of next year, with interops starting in the first half of 2015.
Think of Avegent's new Glyph as a kind of Oculus Rift, only instead of virtual reality, the wearable device delivers a totally immersive viewer experience from a mobile device using LED technology. "There is no screen, no LCD or OLED... We're actually mimicking the way you naturally see," says Avegent founder Edward Tang in a presentation to CableLabs' Innovation Showcase, where the "virtual retinal display" tied for top honors.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and CableLabs have teamed up to form a one-day pre-conference symposium on Wi-Fi services and DOCSIS 3.1 on Sept. 22, a day ahead of, and in conjunction with, the SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo in Denver.
Don Clarke, a longtime top engineering executive for British telecommunications company BT, has joined CableLabs as principal architect of network technologies.
Sales of Converged Cable Access Platform products were up 177 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, with MSOs eschewing the traditional backbone of cable broadband, Cable Modem Termination System technology, according to Infonetics Research.
CableLabs has developed technology that could help members such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable deliver personalized programming and advertising by relying on mobile devices used by subscribers that contain RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags or NFC (near field communication) chips, according to a recent patent application.