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.
Casa Systems has introduced a new DOCSIS 3.1-compliant module for its Converged Cable Access Platforms (CCAP) intended to enable cable operators to support downstream broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
CableLabs said it has successfully completed four equipment interoperability events (interops) related to DOCSIS 3.1 and is now open to product certification submissions for the technology.
A top Comcast executive said the company is hoping to upgrade its entire cable network footprint with DOCSIS 3.1 technology within the next two years. The company plans to begin market trials of the technology, which can support maximum speeds of 10 Gpbs, later this year.
CableLabs has released a new series of specifications covering distributed architectures for the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).
Non-profit cable consortium CableLabs has joined university research center NYU Wireless to help define and drive research around 5G, the next-generation of wireless technology. Specifically, the consortium will be an affiliate of NYU Wireless and join wireless industry stalwarts such as Qualcomm, Samsung, Nokia Networks and Solutions and Intel to figure out the role that millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology will play in 5G.
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.