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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


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 & 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.

Harmonic CEO: We Want to Be No. 1 in Cable Virtualization, DAA
News Analysis | 4/29/2019

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.

Startup Seeks Cable Edge in Edge Computing
LRTV Interviews | 4/8/2019

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.

CommScope Wraps $7.4B Deal for Arris
News Analysis | 4/4/2019

Strategic aim of the merger centers on prep for the 5G transition, network convergence and complementary wireless tech spanning both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

CableLabs's Virtualization Efforts Enter New Realities
News Analysis | 4/4/2019

Virtualization group retooling to support industry's new Flexible MAC Architecture amid recent departure of two execs focused on NFV and SDN, sources say.

Why Cable Automation Is Taking Off
LRTV Interviews | 3/29/2019

Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss shares highlights of his firm's fresh research about the cable industry's growing forays into network automation.

Ready Player Stadia: Google's Gaming Platform a Scary Prospect for Telcos
Morris Lore | 3/21/2019

Google's new gaming platform could usher in a new age of cloud gaming, with ramifications for parents and telcos worldwide.

Cable Access Network Capex in for a Lumpy Ride
News Analysis | 3/21/2019

Spending expected to be sporadic as operators weigh when and how to migrate to distributed access architectures.

Why Cable Operators Need DAA
Column | 3/4/2019

Cablecos must go beyond platform upgrades like DOCSIS 3.1 to stay truly competitive with the growing number of FTTH offerings from rival providers.

Casa Systems seeks wireless gains amid wireline pains
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

Vendor makes moves into wireless and mobile as pace of distributed access architecture deployments by cable operators goes slower than anticipated.

How Cable Vendors Could Profit From DAA Upgrades
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

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.

Can Cable Beat 5G?
Breznick Unbound | 2/11/2019

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.

Virgin Media, Arris Test 8-Gig Symmetrical Speeds
News Analysis | 2/5/2019

Trial to involve about 50 homes will use Arris E6000 chassis outfitted with 10-Gig EPON line card and DOCSIS-based provisioning.

Harmonic Touts Progress With Virtualized & Distributed Cable Network Deployments
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

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.

Cable Next-Gen Is Calling
LRTV Documentaries | 2/4/2019

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...

CommScope-Arris Deal Races Ahead
News Analysis | 2/1/2019

Eyeing a closing by mid-year 2019, Arris shareholders have resoundingly approved the proposed $7.4 billion acquisition by CommScope.

Charter CEO: 'Spectrum Mobile Is Ramping Up'
News Analysis | 1/31/2019

Operator adds 113,000 mobile lines in Q4 as new product starts to take a bigger role in Charter's triple-play bundle.

Denmark's Stofa Offers Glimpse of the Future HFC Network
News Analysis | 1/30/2019

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.

Using AI for Smarter Cable CX
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/24/2019

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's Q4 Sales Come in Light Amid MSO Spending Delays
News Analysis | 1/18/2019

Casa stock gets walloped as Q4 results come in well below estimates.

CES 2019: The Phony 5G Wars
LRTV Interviews | 1/10/2019

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.

CES 2019: Cable's 10G Tech 'Will Work'
News Analysis | 1/10/2019

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.

LR Teams With SCTE on Webinar Series
Breznick Unbound | 1/7/2019

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.

NCTA Trademarks '10G'
News Analysis | 1/7/2019

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.

Cable to Tout '10G' at CES
The Bauminator | 1/4/2019

'The Future of the Broadband Network' panel to talk up industry's vision toward symmetrical 10Gbit/s broadband technologies, counter the 5G hype.

Five Signs That the US Cable Industry Is Fracturing
The Bauminator | 1/1/2019

MSO-on-MSO competition, lawsuits, diverging network strategies, out-of-footprint OTT video threats... this is not your father's cable industry.

Full-Duplex DOCSIS Not One-Size-Fits-All
LRTV Interviews | 12/14/2018

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.

Altice USA's Mobile Service to Be 'BYOD-Heavy'
News Analysis | 12/5/2018

But cable operator is still evaluating its pricing and business model for mobile as it prepares to launch service in 1H 2019.

US, China Agree to Delay Tariffs Hike
News Analysis | 12/3/2018

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.

Sale of Arris Set-Top Box Biz 'On the Table' for CommScope – Analyst
News Analysis | 11/26/2018

CommScope could get $500 million for that unit 'in a distressed sale to a financial buyer,' Jefferies analyst George Notter suggests.

Podcast: CommScope & Arris Tie the Knot, but Why?
The Philter | 11/19/2018

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.

CommScope/Arris Deal More About Dollars Than Strategic Sense – Analyst
The Bauminator | 11/15/2018

Investors see marriage as a way for CommScope to buy cash flow, Raymond James analyst suggests.

Why CommScope Wooed Arris
News Analysis | 11/9/2018

'We certainly weren't out trolling or looking' to be acquired, Arris CEO Bruce McClelland says.

Liberty Global's Cloud Network Strategy Explained
LRTV Interviews | 11/9/2018

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.

Breznick Digs Into Europe's Cable Trends
LRTV Interviews | 11/9/2018

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.

Is Arris the Answer to CommScope's Pain?
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

Arris deal presented 'best path' after CommScope analyzed how to rejuvenate its business and shore up its positioning for the 5G era, CEO says.

CommScope Puts Up $7.4B for Arris
News Analysis | 11/8/2018

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.

Key Takeaways From Cable Next-Gen Europe
LRTV Interviews | 11/7/2018

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.

CommScope, Arris Nearing $5.6B Deal – Report
News Analysis | 11/7/2018

A deal would value Arris at more than $31 per share, CNBC says.

What's Cable's Tech Game Plan in Europe?
News Analysis | 11/5/2018

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.

Harmonic's Cable Virtualization Biz Looks a Bit More Real
News Analysis | 10/30/2018

Says its CableOS platform is involved in a mix of commercial deployments and field trials with 25 cable ops.