Light Reading

Huawei Packs On Cable Muscle

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
11/15/2011
50%
50%

Here's a look at what's shaking in the cable world amid this week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011 in Atlanta.

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. continues to add to its cable firepower as it tries to make its mark with MSOs in North America. The Chinese giant has hired 20-year cable veteran Ron Pitcock as VP and GM of its MSO business organization. Among recent moves, Pitcock was chairman and CEO of IPtimize Inc. and was founder and president of High Speed Access Corp., a broadband ISP backed by Paul Allen that, like @Home Corp., signed on MSOs as affiliates. Its assets were sold to Allen's Charter Communications Inc. for US$81.1 million in 2002. Huawei also confirmed the hiring of Frank Miller as chief technology officer – MSO. Miller most recently was CTO of BendBroadband . (See Meet Huawei's New Cable Guy.)

  • The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is tapping deeper into cable's technology leadership base by naming Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) EVP and CTO Mike LaJoie as chairman of the Society's board for the 2011-2012 term. He'll be joined by Vice Chairman Terry Cordova, Suddenlink Communications 's EVP and CTO; Secretary Alan Tschirner, who is VP, technology at the National Cable Television Cooperative Inc. (NCTC) ; and Treasurer Steve Taber, who is VP, engineering and operations at Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK).

  • In another SCTE-related move, the Society has appointed TW Cable Executive Vice President of Network National Operations Jim Ludington as program committee chairman for next year's Cable-Tec Expo, set for Oct. 17-19 in Orlando. He succeeds Cordova.

  • Motorola Mobility LLC has introduced a hosted app for Televation, a CableCARD device that transcodes QAM MPEG-2 video to the IP MPEG-4 format for display on tablets and smartphones hanging off a home network. While Comcast is developing its own app for Televation, Moto's hosted version will help Tier 2/3 cable operators gain a presence on home-bound connected devices rapidly without having to develop the app on their own using Moto's software development kit tools, says Nate Williams, Moto's senior director of product marketing, converged experiences. Moto's initial hosted app will support the iOS and Android markets. (See Comcast AnyPlay to Stream Live TV to Tablets and Moto, Comcast Team on In-Home TV Streamer .)

  • Buckeye CableSystem of Ohio is the latest MSO to sign on to launch TotalGuide, Rovi Corp. 's cloud-based interface for set-tops, tablets and smartphones. Buckeye, along with Blue Ridge Communications, is also on board to deploy TotalGuide xD, a white-label app that lets customers schedule DVR recordings, start video-on-demand sessions and watch authenticated shows and movies on IP-connected devices.

  • Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has wrapped up its acquisition of video backoffice startup BNI Video , which now becomes part of Cisco's Service Provider Technology Group. (See Cisco to Buy BNI Video for $99M and BNI Video Seeks Scale With Cisco.)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    Last week I dropped in on "Hotlanta," Georgia to moderate Light Reading's inaugural DroneComm conference – a unique colloquium investigating the potential for drone communications to disrupt the world's telecom ecosystem. As you will see, it was a day of exploration and epiphany...
    Between the CEOs
    Affirmed Networks CEO: Digging Into NFV

    5|28|15   |   40:26   |   (2) comments


    Hassan Ahmed, CEO of Affirmed Networks, is making some big claims for his NFV startup. I sat down with him at the Light Reading HQ in New York City to get the skinny on what this Acton, Mass.-based startup is up to.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Cable Eyeing SDN for Headend, Home Uses

    5|26|15   |   05:57   |   (1) comment


    CableLabs is looking at virtualizing CMTS and CCAP devices in the headend, as well as in-home devices, says CableLabs' Karthik Sundaresan.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

    5|22|15   |   03:53   |   (0) comments


    For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

    5|21|15   |   04:51   |   (3) comments


    Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

    5|20|15   |   05:02   |   (0) comments


    Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

    5|20|15   |   20:52   |   (0) comments


    Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
    LRTV Documentaries
    The Security Challenge of SDN

    5|19|15   |   02:52   |   (0) comments


    CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

    5|18|15   |   5:50   |   (0) comments


    Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

    5|14|15   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


    Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The Transport SDN Buzz

    5|12|15   |   06:01   |   (1) comment


    Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

    5|5|15   |   04:49   |   (0) comments


    John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

    5|1|15   |   5:35   |   (0) comments


    Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
    Upcoming Live Events
    June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    October 6, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Procera has gathered facts, stats and customer experience feedback from a survey of 540 users from across the globe.
    Hot Topics
    Charter Seals Deals for TWC, Bright House
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/26/2015
    Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent Trials 400G in Czech Republic
    Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 5/26/2015
    Will Carriers Follow Facebook's Networking Lead?
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 5/28/2015
    Charter Plans Business Services, Wireless Push
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 5/27/2015
    Facebook Reinvents Data Center Networking
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 5/26/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    On May 29th 1 PM ET, Steve Saunders, founder and CEO of Light Reading, will be drilling into the "pains and gains" of NFV with Saar Gillai, SVP & GM for NFV at Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) (HP). He has defined a four-step NFV model describing a sequence of technology innovation. It's a must-read doc for any network architect looking to get to grips with their NFV migration strategy. Join us for the interview, and the chance to ask Saar your NFV questions directly!
    Hassan Ahmed, CEO of Affirmed Networks, is making some big claims for his NFV startup. I sat down with him at the Light Reading HQ in New York City to get the skinny on what this Acton, Mass.-based startup is up to.
    Cats with Phones