Meanwhile, wireless revenues derived from Casa's acquisition of NetComm are starting to help the network gear and software company diversify its business.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q3 spending on cable network tech improved but it's still well below historic levels, Dell'Oro says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
Aided by its Comcast deal, Harmonic sees a 20% surge in the number of devices being served by its virtualized converged cable access platform.
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.'
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.
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.
Distributed architectures and other common, underlying technologies and techniques are also starting to span across both wired and wireless networks, Morgan Kurk says.
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.
LMAO @ SCTE.
The cable industry, in partnership with CableLabs, is exploring how to deliver services at 6GHz and beyond, Cox exec says.
DOCSIS 4.0 unifies previously feuding Full Duplex DOCSIS and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS proposals for boosting network bandwidth.
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.
Vendor extends capabilities of its access network virtualization platform as some MSOs deploy fiber-to-the-premises in targeted and greenfield scenarios.
Decline driven by excess capacity, particularly in the downstream, amplified by recent indecision about the path forward on the cable access network, analyst says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Says it's suspending spending on FDX until market timing, ecosystem development and size of the market opportunity can be quantified.
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 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.
Mariam Sorond was most recently chief wireless architect and VP of technology development at Dish.
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.
But Raymond James analyst says Casa's recent acquisition of NetComm could help the vendor gain traction in wireless and diversify its business.
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.
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.
Operators are challenged with finding a tech-agnostic approach and a data-driven upgrade strategy that will stand the test of time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Strong slowdown' on capacity purchases alongside ongoing delay in distributed access architecture deployments combine for a dreary quarter, according to Dell'Oro.
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.
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.
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.
Following Arris acquisition, CommScope brings new wares and technologies to this week's Anga Com event in Germany.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harmonic sees a big year ahead for its 'CableOS' platform and distributed access architecture deployments as vendor takes aim at a cable network market that's been led by Arris, Cisco and Casa Systems.
Mutable Founder & CEO Antonio Pellegrino explains how his New York startup aims to team with cable operators and other service providers to offer edge computing apps to customers.
Strategic aim of the merger centers on prep for the 5G transition, network convergence and complementary wireless tech spanning both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.
Virtualization group retooling to support industry's new Flexible MAC Architecture amid recent departure of two execs focused on NFV and SDN, sources say.
Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss shares highlights of his firm's fresh research about the cable industry's growing forays into network automation.
Google's new gaming platform could usher in a new age of cloud gaming, with ramifications for parents and telcos worldwide.
Spending expected to be sporadic as operators weigh when and how to migrate to distributed access architectures.
Cablecos must go beyond platform upgrades like DOCSIS 3.1 to stay truly competitive with the growing number of FTTH offerings from rival providers.
Vendor makes moves into wireless and mobile as pace of distributed access architecture deployments by cable operators goes slower than anticipated.
Cable network suppliers are in for a rough 2019 as MSOs remain in decision-mode, but relief is ahead as DAA deployments help infrastructure investments rise to $2B by 2023, Dell'Oro says.
Cable leaders will make the case for their new 10G initiative at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver next month.
Trial to involve about 50 homes will use Arris E6000 chassis outfitted with 10-Gig EPON line card and DOCSIS-based provisioning.
First wave of virtualized CCAP deployments centered on small and midsized MSOs as larger cable ops begin to turn hard on distributed access architectures, CEO says.
Could our Cable Next-Gen Tech event make your cable dreams come true? Or are we just being delusional? In his head, LR cable guy Alan Breznick is there already...
Eyeing a closing by mid-year 2019, Arris shareholders have resoundingly approved the proposed $7.4 billion acquisition by CommScope.
Operator adds 113,000 mobile lines in Q4 as new product starts to take a bigger role in Charter's triple-play bundle.
Danish cable operator teams with Arris on what's billed as one of the largest distributed access architecture deployments, involving 'hundreds' of remote PHY fiber nodes.
A new Tractica report looks at how cable providers are mining their big data and using data-based methods to boost network performance, resolve service issues and manage customer care.
Casa stock gets walloped as Q4 results come in well below estimates.
Recapping the tech-fest in Vegas, Light Reading's Dan Jones, Mike Dano and Jeff Baumgartner discuss the clash between US mobile operators over what is – and isn't – true 5G, and cable's '10G' tilt.
Early trials prove that Full Duplex DOCSIS tech is real and poised to help cable operators deliver symmetrical 10-Gig speeds on their widely deployed HFC networks, top industry execs say.
In close partnership with SCTE|ISBE, Light Reading will host and produce 'Live Learnings for Professionals' seminars on cable tech topics each month, starting with a January 17 webcast on improving the home networking experience.
Move over, 5G. CableLabs and Cable Europe also get behind the brand they'll use to identify the industry's push toward HFC networks that can deliver speeds of 10 Gbit/s.
'The Future of the Broadband Network' panel to talk up industry's vision toward symmetrical 10Gbit/s broadband technologies, counter the 5G hype.
MSO-on-MSO competition, lawsuits, diverging network strategies, out-of-footprint OTT video threats... this is not your father's cable industry.
Node+0 requirement of FDX is a deal-breaker for some MSOs, and could open the door to other, less-limiting alternatives, Daniel Etman, cable consultant at Switzerland-based Quickline, says.
But cable operator is still evaluating its pricing and business model for mobile as it prepares to launch service in 1H 2019.
A higher, 25% tariff slated to take effect in 2019 is postponed for 90 days as the sides try to iron out a long-term trade arrangement.
CommScope could get $500 million for that unit 'in a distressed sale to a financial buyer,' Jefferies analyst George Notter suggests.
CommScope and Arris are merging. Though they frame this as a complementary deal, there's some lingering questions about the broader strategic rationale of the deal and if this is, indeed, a marriage made in technology heaven.
Investors see marriage as a way for CommScope to buy cash flow, Raymond James analyst suggests.
'We certainly weren't out trolling or looking' to be acquired, Arris CEO Bruce McClelland says.
Liberty Global's director of Strategy Roadmap & Innovation, Chris Aspell, explains how the cable giant's network will evolve to a more cloud-based architecture in the coming years.
LR's Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick explains how Europe and North America are not in sync when it comes to DOCSIS 3.1 and Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) developments and looks at how 5G is shaping MSO mindsets.
Arris deal presented 'best path' after CommScope analyzed how to rejuvenate its business and shore up its positioning for the 5G era, CEO says.
They expect the merger, valuing Arris at $31.75 per share with an eye fixed on the 5G era, to produce annual cost synergies of more than $150 million within three years.
Light Reading cable guru Jeff Baumgartner highlights some of the key takeaways from the inaugural Cable Next-Gen Europe, noting how the region's operators are taking different routes with their network strategies and digging into the impact that 5G will have on the sector.
A deal would value Arris at more than $31 per share, CNBC says.
Bracing for 5G, network upgrades and enhancements, and pay-TV's next chapter will be among the themes and topics for Tuesday's Cable Next-Gen Europe event in London.
Says its CableOS platform is involved in a mix of commercial deployments and field trials with 25 cable ops.