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Cisco broadband CTO broadens his scope
CxO Spotlight | 12/17/2020

John Chapman's focus has extended to PON, 5G and fixed wireless, but he'll 'always be a cable guy at heart.'

Cisco folds cable access into mobility unit
News Analysis | 12/16/2020

Merging of the units follows Cisco's recent exit from the cable amplifier business and the slow migration by operators toward network and service convergence.

US cable network peak usage is surging again
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

Following a summer of stability, upstream and downstream traffic has been rising steadily in recent weeks. Cable operator network spending in Q3 indicates that MSOs were preparing for this latest surge.

Going the virtual CMTS route
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/25/2020

New Light Reading e-book sponsored by Harmonic highlights some of the early advances made by cable operators and vendors in virtualizing the industry's access networks and expanding their capacity.

Vecima scooped up Nokia's cable access assets for just $4.87M
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

That acquisition, which includes products for new remote MACPHY architectures, is expected to represent an incremental revenue boost of 10% to 15% for Vecima in fiscal 2021.

New CommScope CEO gets loads of time to formulate a 'reset'
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Chuck Treadway, who took the reins last month, has until Q3 2021 to assess and present his long-term plan for the company, board chairman says.

Casa Systems charges into uncharted territory
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Network vendor reached a 'major turning point' in Q3 2020 as revenues from Casa's fixed telco and wireless business overtook its core cable business for the first time, CEO Jerry Guo says.

Harmonic's 'CableOS' rollout spans 2.1M modems, 38 operators
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

Supplier also sees video revenues perk back up in Q3 as projects resume and company sizes up opportunities to participate in C-band reclamation initiatives.

Cable's evolutionary path leads to mobile, convergence
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

'Today's cable operators are becoming tomorrow's mobile operators,' Cisco's John Chapman says.

Cable DAA activity perks up
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Commscope cuts off a piece of Comcast's next-gen network biz while Vecima and Technetix connect on a product/sales deal focused on distributed access architectures.

Cable ops urged to stoke investment in the network
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

DOCSIS 3.1 and upstream spectrum upgrades will provide plenty of capacity runway to cable ops, but 'we cannot take our foot off the gas,' Cox's Jeff Finkelstein says.

Comcast tests symmetrical 1.25-Gig on HFC
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

Crossing milestones on the path to '10G,' Comcast says the trial is running on a live production, 'all digital' HFC network in Jacksonville using remote PHY digital nodes and a virtualized CMTS.

CommScope takes aim at HFC's flexible future
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

CommScope's new 'migratable' distributed access device can operate in both remote PHY and remote MACPHY configurations as cable operators continue to explore what path their future HFC networks will take.

COVID-19 slams cable next-gen network upgrades
Column | 10/7/2020

Spending on major architectural overhauls has declined this year because of the pandemic as many cablecos have defaulted to performing quick network upgrades and meeting urgent bandwidth capacity demands.

CableLabs reaches key milestone on path to '10G'
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

New Flexible MAC architecture specs will give cable operators options as they disaggregate elements of next-gen networks that will pump out multi-gig speeds and support low latencies and enhanced security.

CommScope swaps CEOs
News Analysis | 10/1/2020

Charles 'Chuck' Treadway succeeds the retiring Eddie Edwards and takes the helm following the integration of Arris, a company-wide focus on 5G and the need to get a grip on CommScope's struggling CPE business.

Vecima sees bright days ahead after Nokia deal
News Analysis | 9/24/2020

Growing Canadian cable and video equipment vendor racks up big revenue and income gains in its fiscal Q4, after closing deal to buy the bulk of Nokia's cable access product portfolio early last month.

Pandemic pushes cable's DAA plans off-course
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

Cable operators prioritized near-term capacity upgrades and enhancements to legacy centralized infrastructure in 2020, slowing the drive toward a future that will feature distributed access networks.

Dan Whalen exits Adtran
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

After a stint as chief product officer at Adtran, the cable and telecom industry vet is taking a hiatus for family reasons and to spend some time weighing his next industry move.

Cable's 'GAP' initiative feeds urge-to-converge network
News Analysis | 8/20/2020

Emerging standard for interoperable, modular nodes will help cable operators bring unity to a multitude of access network technologies, including PON, LTE, Wi-Fi and future 5G deployments.

Harmonic set to cash in on process to reclaim C-band spectrum
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Video vendor says work stemming from SES partnership focused on reclaiming C-band spectrum for 5G will drive material revenues as early as Q4.

Casa's grasp extends beyond its cable core
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Once a shop focused primarily on the cable access network, Casa's Q2 results indicate that the vendor is starting to find its groove in the wireless and fixed telecom markets.

Harmonic adds Vodafone to its 'CableOS' win list
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Vodafone is using Harmonic's virtualization software, remote PHY devices and cloud-based management system for its DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit rollout in Germany.

Vecima deals for Nokia's cable access portfolio
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Vecima is poised to raise its profile and accelerate its next-gen cable network roadmap by acquiring Nokia's DOCSIS distributed access product line and its EPON and DOCSIS provisioning over EPON portfolios.

Light Reading virtualizing Cable Next-Gen event
Breznick Unbound | 6/30/2020

Instead of staging our usual in-person conference in Denver, we will now conduct a free, digital event over two full days in late August.

Network virtualization poised to seize a bigger role in cable's post-pandemic era
News Analysis | 6/16/2020

More 'light touch' automation techniques will be implemented as cable operators determine new ways to add and adjust capacity to address rising and fluctuating demands on the network.

Can DAA upgrades get the right bang for the buck?
News Analysis | 6/15/2020

For Denmark's Stofa, a move to DOCSIS 3.1 and a distributed access architecture have produced operational benefits but have not yet translated into a big boost in customer satisfaction.

Global broadband access equipment revenues dip 15% in Q1 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 6/9/2020

Meanwhile, cable access revenues declined 22% even as shipments of DOCSIS 3.1 CPE accelerated.

Cable broadband access equipment market will rebound, eventually
Column | 5/26/2020

But, thanks partly to the current COVID-19 hit, the market won't approach its previous heights until at least the middle of the decade when next-gen access technologies finally kick in.

Light Reading sets digital Cable Next-Gen Europe event
Breznick Unbound | 5/13/2020

Instead of staging a live conference in London next month as previously planned, Light Reading will now run a free, digital event over two afternoons in mid-June because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harmonic takes aim at cable network capacity upgrades
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

New remote PHY 'shelf' running Harmonic's CableOS software enables MSOs to quickly add upstream and downstream capacity without the troubles typically associated with traditional node splits, company claims.

Cable ops backburner DAA, virtualization projects during pandemic, CommScope says
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

Vendor has seen an uptick in CCAP software licenses and node splits that help MSOs add capacity to keep up with traffic demands. However, the impact of COVID-19 has caused sales to slump across the board.

Casa Systems gets a lift from cable network capacity bumps
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

CEO says cable revenues rose in Q1 as operators upgraded software licenses and also bought a greater mix of network hardware.

Altice USA touts broadband sub surge in Q1
News Analysis | 4/30/2020

Video losses also climbed during the pandemic, and the company expects mobile sub volumes to slow as most retail stores remain closed.

Harmonic's CableOS momentum slowed by COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/27/2020

Harmonic ends Q1 with 27 commercial deployments covering 1.3 million modems for its software-powered, virtualized cable access platform, but rollout pace has decelerated during the pandemic.

Casa Systems seeing 'no impact' from COVID-19 on Q1
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Cable and wireless tech supplier says manufacturing is fully operational and seeing increased customer demand. Meanwhile, CommScope says it's also seeing cable operator spending tick up.

Light Reading resets Cable Next-Gen event for late August
Breznick Unbound | 3/25/2020

We now plan to hold our Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver on August 25-27 after postponing it earlier this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Light Reading postpones Cable Next-Gen event
Breznick Unbound | 3/10/2020

With public health concerns about the spread of COVID-19 mounting, Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event will be postponed until sometime in late August.

Cable access network spending dropped 30% in 2019 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/5/2020

Culprits include slowdown in capacity purchases, next-gen network indecision and a lack of broadband competition. Meanwhile, DOCSIS 3.1 CPE shipments made a big jump.

CommScope to reassess R&D spending in areas such as set-top boxes
News Analysis | 3/4/2020

However, CPE biz remains an important cash generator and a strategic piece of the portfolio that pulls through other products with different margin profiles, CFO says.

Cable capacity spending perked up in Q4, Casa says
News Analysis | 2/21/2020

Meanwhile, wireless revenues derived from Casa's acquisition of NetComm are starting to help the network gear and software company diversify its business.

Cisco shifts next-gen cable amp business to ATX Networks
News Analysis | 2/20/2020

ATX is set to build Cisco GainMaker-compatible amps and take over a key piece of the cable access market as Cisco puts more focus on software and remote PHY devices for cable's pivot to distributed and virtualized networks.

CableLabs, Altran team to take open source to the edge
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

'Project Adrenaline' initiative takes a cable-first approach, but broader aim is to develop a general purpose edge computing platform that can be applied to multiple industries and network types.

Harmonic gains more ground with 'CableOS'
News Analysis | 2/3/2020

The vendor said it struck deals with two more international tier 1 cable operators for its virtualized cable access platform, and has commercial deployments of CableOS underway with 23 operators in all.

Cable access hardware revenues to dip as virtualization takes hold – analyst
News Analysis | 2/3/2020

Sector set to see a 2% drop in revenues through 2024 amid a decline in revenues for a broader broadband access equipment market that includes DSL and FTTP, Dell'Oro predicts.

LR & SCTE Expand Partnership on Tech Webinars
Breznick Unbound | 1/13/2020

Following a successful inaugural year, Light Reading and SCTE•ISBE will team up again in 2020 to produce monthly 'LiveLearnings for Professionals' webinars on cable tech topics, starting with a Jan. 16 session on cable's fiber progress.

Cable's Greatest Hits of 2019
News Analysis | 12/24/2019

Here's a curated recap of some of the top tech news and trends for cable, including the '10G' initiative, MSO mobile moves and the industry's troubled and complicated relationship with pay-TV.

Cisco prepares to unplug its cable amps
News Analysis | 12/18/2019

End-of-sale and end-of-life alerts for 'GainMaker' cable amplifiers spur speculation that Cisco might pursue a licensing partnership with a third-party partner to sell and manufacture those products.

Making Virtual Business Services Real
LRTV Interviews | 12/11/2019

Charter Spectrum Enterprise's Satya Parimi discusses the cableco's rollout of SD-WAN and virtualized security services, the lessons learned and the challenges still ahead.

Cable Infrastructure Spending Slogs Through Another Tough Quarter
News Analysis | 12/5/2019

Q3 spending on cable network tech improved but it's still well below historic levels, Dell'Oro says.

Podcast: Cable Gets the Urge to Converge
The Bauminator | 11/21/2019

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Alan Breznick discuss the key themes from Cable Congress and Cable Next-Gen Europe in Berlin, finding there's a renewed focus on 1-Gig speeds and the fixed mobile network.

Cable Europe Charts Course to Become 'GIGAEurope' in 2020
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

Name and structure change coming to industry organization reflects the move to gigabit-class speeds over converged fixed mobile networks and the need to provide a unified voice to Europe's policymakers.

DOCSIS 3.1 Takes Hold in Europe
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

Cable's competitive and complementary relationship with 5G, the industry's progress with distributed access networks and its flirtation with a 10-Gig future will also be hot topics at this week's Cable Next-Gen Europe event in Berlin.

CommScope's Virtual CCAP Creeps Toward Reality
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

As it continues to play catch-up with Harmonic, CommScope says its virtual CCAP is in trials with cable ops and is slated for a commercial launch by the end of the year.

Keeping the Fiber Lines Running Smoothly
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/4/2019

With service providers installing so much fiber in their plant right now and seemingly no end in sight, the need for automated test solutions will only keep growing.

For Casa Systems, the hits keep coming
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

Stock plunges 34% after lackluster Q3 lowlighted by Casa's struggling cable business as MSOs slash or delay spending. Plus, an analyst covering Casa is agitated by management's 'reduced communication.'

Harmonic's 'Cable OS' Deployment Nears the 1M Modem Mark
News Analysis | 10/29/2019

Aided by its Comcast deal, Harmonic sees a 20% surge in the number of devices being served by its virtualized converged cable access platform.

Fiber Will Trump HFC & 5G From Here to Kingdom Come, EFF Says
News Analysis | 10/18/2019

Declaring that local US governments are in 'dire need of universal fiber plans,' the Electronic Frontier Foundation props up FTTP as the 'superior choice for the 21st century.'

Comcast's Virtual Access Network Rolls Into Multiple Markets, Spans 100K+ Customers
News Analysis | 10/11/2019

Top Comcast execs discuss the benefits and capabilities of the company's new virtual access network and how Comcast is applying lessons from its cloud-based X1 platform.

Seven Things We Learned at Cable-Tec Expo
The Bauminator | 10/10/2019

The 10G future is in sight, HFC has gas in the tank, Comcast is getting serious about network virtualization, DOCSIS's pioneers get recognized and more from last week's show in The Big Easy.

Network Convergence Revolution to Drive Speed & Efficiency, CommScope CTO Says
CxO Spotlight | 10/8/2019

Distributed architectures and other common, underlying technologies and techniques are also starting to span across both wired and wireless networks, Morgan Kurk says.

Can cable bridge the 'GAP'?
News Analysis | 10/4/2019

Charter and a group of vendors are championing a node standardization initiative called the Generic Access Platform that's showing signs of promise, but the effort needs more buy-in from suppliers and MSOs.

Telecom Acronyms Going OTT (TAGO)
LRTV Documentaries | 10/4/2019

LMAO @ SCTE.

HFC may never die
News Analysis | 10/1/2019

The cable industry, in partnership with CableLabs, is exploring how to deliver services at 6GHz and beyond, Cox exec says.

DOCSIS 4.0 ends cable network feud
News Analysis | 9/30/2019

DOCSIS 4.0 unifies previously feuding Full Duplex DOCSIS and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS proposals for boosting network bandwidth.

When will cable need 10G?
News Analysis | 9/30/2019

No one knows exactly for sure, but one top industry network engineer believes cable operators will need access network capacities of 'at least' 10 Gbit/s by 2035.

Harmonic's 'CableOS' adds more fiber to its diet
News Analysis | 9/30/2019

Vendor extends capabilities of its access network virtualization platform as some MSOs deploy fiber-to-the-premises in targeted and greenfield scenarios.

Cable Access Revenues Plummet 40% in Q2 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 9/27/2019

Decline driven by excess capacity, particularly in the downstream, amplified by recent indecision about the path forward on the cable access network, analyst says.

Dan Whalen, Arris's Former Top Network Exec, Heads to Adtran
News Analysis | 9/26/2019

Hiring Whalen as chief product officer is another indicator that Adtran is accelerating its cable industry strategy as MSOs mull their next-gen access network moves.

SCTE-ISBE's Mark Dzuban: '10G' Set to Be the Star of Cable-Tec Expo
CxO Spotlight | 9/26/2019

CEO of cable's engineering and standards-setting organization says 10G will be 'foundational' to the industry's future and a major focus as Cable-Tec Expo has its Swan Song in The Big Easy.

CommScope Plots Progress With Low-Latency, Extended Spectrum DOCSIS
News Analysis | 9/24/2019

Vendor to demo its latest next-gen cable network and DOCSIS wares, including a new distributed access architecture aggregator, at next week's Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans.

LR Tackles 5G & the Cloud at Cable-Tec Expo
Breznick Unbound | 9/23/2019

In an industry first, Light Reading will stage two breakfast forums on hot tech topics at next week's Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans, the first on cable network virtualization and the second on cable's role in 5G.

Cable's access network market descends into disruption and chaos
News Analysis | 8/26/2019

As cable operators assess their next moves while DOCSIS 4.0 is developed, traditional top suppliers like Arris, Cisco and Casa are struggling, opening the door to Harmonic and others.

Light Reading Packs Double Wallop at Cable-Tec Expo
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/19/2019

For the first time, Light Reading will offer two breakfast roundtables on key tech topics at this fall's SCTE|ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans – the first on network virtualization and the second on cable and 5G.

Huawei Cuts Back on Cable
News Analysis | 8/14/2019

Chinese vendor is backing away from the cable network business amid pressures from the US-China trade war and the loss of critical business with cable operators in portions of Europe, industry sources said.

Cisco halts investment in Full Duplex DOCSIS
News Analysis | 8/9/2019

Says it's suspending spending on FDX until market timing, ecosystem development and size of the market opportunity can be quantified.

CommScope Eliminates COO Slot as Arris Biz Struggles
News Analysis | 8/8/2019

Departure of long-time Arris exec Bruce McClelland comes about four months after acquisition and as the unit grapples with an expected temporary decline in cable operator capital spending.

CommScope Carves Migration Path to Remote PHY
News Analysis | 8/5/2019

CommScope says new remote PHY modules can be snapped into most of its deployed base of fiber nodes and allow for targeted rollouts in areas where cable operators need to add capacity.

Former Dish Wireless Exec to Take R&D Helm at CableLabs
News Analysis | 8/2/2019

Mariam Sorond was most recently chief wireless architect and VP of technology development at Dish.

Casa Sees Cable Spending Perk Up in Q2
News Analysis | 8/1/2019

After a rough and tumble Q1, cable operators opened the spending spigots on network capacity a bit in Q2 even as many continue to explore and develop their next-gen access network strategies.

Casa Hit by Downgrade as Virtualization Threatens Its Core Cable Biz
News Analysis | 7/31/2019

But Raymond James analyst says Casa's recent acquisition of NetComm could help the vendor gain traction in wireless and diversify its business.

Harmonic sheds more light on big 'CableOS' deal with Comcast
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

Four-year $175 million enterprise licensing deal covers headend software, with potential to reduce those fees should Comcast opt to buy other products, including nodes and other network hardware, from Harmonic.

Meeting Cable's 10G Challenge Without Lots More Fiber
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/22/2019

Cable operators may not not need to go all-fiber or adopt the new Full Duplex DOCSIS spec to deliver symmetrical 10Gbit/s speeds to broadband subscribers.

The Right Strategy for Modernizing Cable
Column | 7/19/2019

Operators are challenged with finding a tech-agnostic approach and a data-driven upgrade strategy that will stand the test of time.

D3.1 Finally (Really) Debuts Down Under
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

Australian government-backed wholesale broadband provider concludes successful D3.1 field trial on a retail operator's HFC network in Victoria, achieving download speeds of nearly 1 Gig.

Comcast Commits Millions to Harmonic's 'CableOS' Platform
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Under the new enterprise license, Comcast will pay $175 million in software license fees over four years in a move that could help to fuel the cable op's access network virtualization efforts.

The Road to DOCSIS 4.0
The Bauminator | 6/26/2019

DOCSIS has taken a few twists and turns over the past 20 years as it heads toward a next-generation of specs that support Full Duplex DOCSIS, low-latency DOCSIS and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS capabilities.

CableLabs Kicks Off Pursuit of DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 6/24/2019

New specs will repackage recent annexes and enhancements to DOCSIS 3.1, such as Full Duplex DOCSIS and Low Latency DOCSIS, and add in new Extended Spectrum DOCSIS capabilities.

Power Shift in Cable Access Network Market Underway
News Analysis | 6/19/2019

Harmonic riding high on stock upgrade as 'big bet' on the virtual CCAP shows signs of paying off, and as CommScope get downgraded amid tough start for recently acquired Arris.

Cable Access Network Spending Falls 38% in Q1
News Analysis | 6/11/2019

'Strong slowdown' on capacity purchases alongside ongoing delay in distributed access architecture deployments combine for a dreary quarter, according to Dell'Oro.

Nokia, Altibox Give Cable Network Virtualization a Dose of Reality
News Analysis | 6/10/2019

Deployments of cable distributed access architectures and network virtualization aren't going gangbusters yet, but recent activities in Europe also show that it's not at a standstill, either.

Why Cable DAA Is DOA This Year
News Analysis | 6/7/2019

Cable technologists say DAA rollouts have not ramped up as expected this year because of a variety of factors but still express optimism about 2020 prospects.

Cable techies eye 25-Gig path
News Analysis | 6/6/2019

Even though cable's 10-Gig-enabling broadband spec, Full Duplex DOCSIS, hasn't hit the streets yet, some leading industry engineers are already laying the groundwork for a future DOCSIS spec that would support symmetrical speeds of up to 25 Gigs.

CommScope Takes Aim at Cable Network Virtualization, Low-Latency DOCSIS
News Analysis | 6/3/2019

Following Arris acquisition, CommScope brings new wares and technologies to this week's Anga Com event in Germany.

Comcast sizing up Plan to syndicate a virtual CMTS – sources
News Analysis | 5/22/2019

Comcast says it's premature to talk about how its network virtualization strategies will take shape, but industry sources say Comcast has discussed the idea of licensing its new tech to other MSOs.

CableLabs Seeks to Supercharge WiFi
News Analysis | 5/21/2019

New open source project from CableLabs focuses on 'Dual Channel WiFi' technology that can set up dedicated channels for specific apps and traffic types such as streaming video and online gaming.

Leadership Change Afoot at Arris's Network & Cloud Unit
News Analysis | 5/15/2019

Following CommScope merger, Dan Whalen has left the company and been succeeded by another industry vet, Kevin Keefe, who takes the reins of the unit during a critical time for the company.

Subdued Cable Spending Hits Arris
News Analysis | 5/10/2019

Arris is off to a sluggish start, but hopeful that business will pick up as operators bulk up on DOCSIS 3.1 network capacity and start to snap up customer premises equipment.

DOCSIS 3.1 Still Rules the Cable Roost
News Analysis | 5/6/2019

In our latest poll about cable's next-gen options, DOCSIS 3.1 barely nudged out DAA and FTTH as the industry's biggest tech priority for 2019.

Casa Systems Sees Bottom Fall Out in Q1
News Analysis | 5/2/2019

Cable and wireless network access vendor reports revenues sank by more than half in Q1 as broadband product and service contracts fell across the board.

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