Arris, the world's largest vendor of in-home cable equipment, launched its first DOCSIS 3.1 modems. The company is selling the new gadgets to both MSOs and directly to consumers.
New York regulators are using the occasion of Charter Communication's proposal to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network to suggest that the MSO build out a 1 Gbps-capable last-mile network in the state.
If you thought that wrangling the multitude of technologies and standards for 3G and 4G was complicated, just wait for 5G. Indeed, the industry is racing to 5G, but setting the standard for the technology won't be pretty.
It's been a volatile year for the U.S. spectrum landscape, which has been auctioned, reordered and significantly densified. In light of all these changes, FierceWireless has once again partnered with wireless consulting firm AllNet Insights & Analytics to map out how much spectrum each of the top four Tier 1 U.S. wireless carriers currently has that it could deploy for LTE service, broken down on a county-by-county basis.
The SCTE said that cable-industry vendors will use its upcoming trade show to demonstrate new software for managing network power consumption, a component of its Energy 2020 initiative.
Verizon hopes to leverage LTE Broadcast technology, which the company calls LTE Multicast, for a significant number of live music and sports events that will program its new mobile video service, Go90.
The percentage of U.S. homes capable of streaming 4K video is increasing, but at a very slow rate.
The cable industry is rushing headlong into the 1 Gbps future. Starting early next year, cable operators including Comcast and others are expected to begin rolling out the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard for their HFC cable networks. The technology will allow cable operators to increase the Internet speeds they can provide to customers from around 300 Mbps today to 1 Gbps and higher.
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.
Silicon Valley-based big data company Guavus has announced the latest version of its Pipeline data mediation tool for the cable industry.