CableLabs has partnered with Cisco to create a new open-source software project for Remote PHY Device (RPD). Remote PHY works together with DOCSIS 3.1 to expand capacity of the cable hybrid fiber coax (HFC) plants.
CableLabs has rebranded its three-year-old for-profit, security-focused spin-off subsidiary, NetworkFX, into the more broadly skewing "Kyrio."
With trade show floor and executive panel presentations over-indexing with hype about virtual reality (VR) at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, questions emerged as to whether VR will go the way of 3D TV, another former CES uber-trend that never caught on with consumers. A consensus quickly evolved that VR is not that technology. Analysts now see virtual reality as having too many practical applications-- everything from education to health care to real estate-- to fail. Naturally, pay-TV companies are experimenting with VR, with some expecting to reap big rewards.
Industry consortium CableLabs will lay off 27 staffers as it refocuses on what it terms "innovation projects" and "game-changing initiatives."
CableLabs says devices from Askey, Castlenet, Netgear, Technicolor and Ubee Interactive are the first five DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems to receive its certification.
CableLabs says its research and development program is looking at key technologies that will be required for 5G, the next-generation wireless network standard that is still being defined.
NEW ORLEANS-- Vendors and operators alike have raved about the technological flexibility that the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard for cable networks affords cable operators. However, that level of control adds a level of complexity that could create challenges for engineers as they adapt to the new standard, said Ron Hranac, technical leader of Cisco Systems' cable access business unit.
Cox Communications says it's ready to move forward with DOCSIS network technology in field trials in 2016, with deployment coming in 2017.
CableLabs has taken the group of wireless companies developing LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology to task, accusing them of executing a go-it-alone standards process that doesn't do enough to ensure LTE-U won't interfere with cable Wi-Fi.
CableLabs makes no secret of why it started work on DOCSIS 3.1: "Gigabit speeds were something very important" to the cable industry, explained Wayne Surdam, CableLabs' vice president of communications. Indeed, DOCSIS 3.1 is the cable industry's answer to a range of competitive threats and market trends.