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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.

Intel in talks to sell home connectivity unit to MaxLinear
News Analysis | 2/18/2020

Qualcomm and MediaTek have also held talks about the Intel unit, which makes DOCSIS silicon and chips for WiFi and smart home products, industry sources said.

Altice USA makes mobile, gigabit, M&A waves
News Analysis | 2/13/2020

Fourth-largest US cable op enjoys first big wireless quarter and swings deal for smaller New Jersey cableco while rolling out 1-Gig service and reports otherwise mixed Q4 results.

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.

Charter to Add 5G to the Menu in Q1, Will 'Likely' Be a Participant in CBRS Auction
News Analysis | 1/31/2020

Charter hauls in 288,000 Spectrum Mobile lines in Q4, extending its total past 1 million. Cable op also lost 101,000 video subs and added 339,000 broadband customers in the period.

Huawei's Brave Face Is Unconvincing in the Wake of a UK Clampdown
Shades of Ray | 1/28/2020

Chinese vendor paints positive picture as it faces supply restrictions in 5G and fiber access network rollout plans, but this is bad news for the tech firm.

Casa Boosts Revenue Guidance, Another CFO Quits
News Analysis | 1/24/2020

Shares are up 25% Friday after the cable and wireless tech vendor raises 2019 revenue guidance, but doesn't explain why.

DOCSIS 4.0 Specs Near the Finish Line
News Analysis | 1/24/2020

A draft of the new specs are expected to be done by the end of January, ahead of a public release that could occur by the end of March, industry sources say.

Rogers Still Seeking Ignite TV Spark
News Analysis | 1/22/2020

Rogers' video sub losses moderated in Q4, but the big Canadian MSO continues to shed TV customers at a steady clip after completing its rollout of Ignite TV, a syndicated version of Comcast's X1 video platform.

Verizon Teams With Google Stadia to Pump 1-Gig Fios
News Analysis | 1/22/2020

Partnership bundles 1-Gig Fios with the Stadia Premiere Edition package, with a focus on 4K resolution and plans for Verizon to pitch similar perks to new Verizon 5G Home customers.

Charter Goes Out-of-Footprint With New Internet Service for Large Businesses
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

Spectrum Total Connect focused on large, national business customers that require connectivity inside and out of Charter's 41-state footprint.

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.

CES 2020: Comcast Pitches Free Cybersecurity to 18M Broadband Subs
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Cable op also details a new multi-Gig-capable 'XB7' gateway that is equipped with WiFi 6 and low-latency features tailored for online gamers.

Cable '10G' Field Trials on Tap for 2020
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

And DOCSIS 4.0 specifications are expected to be completed in early 2020, CableLabs exec says.

What's Bright, Shiny & Not GEM?
Column | 12/30/2019

Cable operators are expanding their business services reach well beyond the traditional government, education and medical sectors to take in verticals like hospitality, agribusiness and even e-gaming.

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.

US Cable Broadband Still Has Ample Room to Grow – Analyst
News Analysis | 12/16/2019

Based on MoffettNathanson's analysis of overlapping FTTP and DSL competition, MSOs have more subscriber runway ahead for broadband than contemplated in prior forecasts.

Focus on Mobile Margins, Profits Trump Need to Pump Big Volumes at Altice USA
News Analysis | 12/11/2019

Ahead of ramp-up, Altice USA is working on enhancements and new features for its recently launched mobile product as company keeps initial marketing and other operating costs in check, Dexter Goei says.

Comcast Tests 2.5-Gig Gateway
News Analysis | 12/10/2019

Technicolor has been tapped for the 'XB7,' a new, speedier DOCSIS 3.1 gateway with 802.11ax (WiFi 6), MoCA 2.0 and IoT radios that's a big leap over the current-gen XB6 D3.1 gateway.

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.

Intel Sizing Up Sale of Home Connectivity Unit – Report
News Analysis | 12/3/2019

Intel has hired a financial advisor to sell a unit that makes chips for gateways, cable modems and smart home equipment, according to Bloomberg.

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.

CableLabs & Buckeye Bury the Hatchet
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

They quietly settle a lawsuit in which CableLabs alleged that the Ohio-based operator breached its contract after it stopped paying quarterly dues to CableLabs in early 2018.

Where Cable Stands With Fiber
Breznick Unbound | 11/18/2019

In our latest survey conducted in partnership with SCTE-ISBE, Light Reading examines how cablecos are using fiber now and how they aim to use it in the future.

1-Gig a Hot Seller for Vodafone Germany
News Analysis | 11/14/2019

40% of new broadband customers opt for the company's DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit broadband service, according to company CTO Gerhard Mack.

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.

Altice USA Adds a Mere 14K Mobile Lines in Q3
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Company expects mobile sales volumes to ramp up as it extends sales of its new mobile product beyond brick-and-mortar stores to online and digital distribution channels.

China Tariffs Take Toll on Zoom in Q3
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

But cable modem and router supplier sees brighter days ahead as manufacturing shifts to Vietnam and as Zoom prepares to refresh its product lineup in 2020 and open up direct sales channels with MSOs.

WOW's Network 'Edge-Outs' Spur Sub Growth in Q3
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Led by broadband adds, WideOpenWest sees best sub growth in six quarters. Competitive cabler also getting some operational benefits from its whole-home WiFi offering with eero.

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.

Charter in Talks to Use Comcast's 'Flex' Streaming Platform
News Analysis | 10/25/2019

Those discussions appear to stem from broader talks centered on licensing Comcast's X1 platform.

Rogers Still Not Igniting Video Sub Growth
News Analysis | 10/24/2019

Rogers' video subscriber losses continue to rise even as it moves ahead with its rollout of Ignite TV, a syndicated version of Comcast's cloud-based X1 video 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 Blames Software Glitch for Broadband Data Meter Error
News Analysis | 10/10/2019

In a small edge case that affected about 2,000 customers, Comcast says it fixed the technical issue and is crediting affected accounts for any erroneous charges and giving those subs an additional $50 credit.

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.

Altice Cooks Up RDK-Powered Broadband Gateways
News Analysis | 10/10/2019

Altice Labs has introduced a family of broadband gateways for DOCSIS and FTTP networks that utilizes an open source software platform managed by a joint venture of Comcast, Liberty Global & Charter.

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


Spectrum Enterprise's Gunnar Peters Looks Ahead
LRTV Interviews | 10/3/2019

Gunnar Peters from Spectrum Enterprise discusses how the company listens to customers and decides what services to offer next.

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.

Comcast Starts to Roll Free Speed Upgrades
News Analysis | 9/23/2019

Starting in its West division, Comcast has raised the downstream speeds on tiers that 85% of its customers in the region subscribe to.

Cox Also Flexing Its Streaming Muscles
The Bauminator | 9/18/2019

Cable op has quietly launched the Contour Stream Player, Cox's twist on Comcast's Xfinity Flex video streaming product for broadband-only subs.

Charter Taps Stephanie Mitchko as CTO
News Analysis | 9/17/2019

Mitchko, a former Cadent exec and engineer who worked on Cablevision's pioneering remote-storage DVR service, succeeds the retired Jay Rolls.

FCC: 100-Meg Connections Surged... in 2017
News Analysis | 8/29/2019

Commission's latest broadband report, based on data that's almost two years old, found that connections delivering at least 100 Mbit/s downstream jumped to 40.6 million by the end of 2017.

Cox Has a Prepaid Broadband Service
News Analysis | 8/29/2019

Pay-as-you-go offering, called 'StraightUp Internet,' costs $50 a month, includes a DOCSIS WiFi gateway, and delivers up to 25 Mbit/s downstream.

Videotron Pulls Out Comcast's Playbook
News Analysis | 8/28/2019

Canadian MSO debuts 'Helix' platform featuring broadband gateways, IP video clients, WiFi extenders and home networking management software originating from Videotron's X1 syndication deal with Comcast.

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.

Consumers Overpay for Broadband – Study
The Bauminator | 8/22/2019

Findings from university researchers and the WSJ could crash broadband's ARPU party as a growing number of subscribers upgrade to faster, more expensive high-speed Internet tiers.

CommScope Swaps Leadership of Its CPE Biz
News Analysis | 8/15/2019

Former Scientific-Atlanta and Cisco exec Joe Chow to succeed Larry Robinson, a move that will spark more speculation about the future of the set-top and modem business that CommScope acquired from Arris.

Vodafone's German Gigabit Plan Piles Broadband Misery Onto DT
News Analysis | 8/12/2019

Germany's telecom incumbent has already witnessed ten years of broadband decline at the hands of cable operators. Are things about to get worse?

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.

Residential Broadband, Biz Services Drive Cable One Forward in Q2
News Analysis | 8/7/2019

Cable One lost another 30,277 video subs in Q2, a 9.4% drop. The cable op ended the period with a pay-TV penetration rate of just 14.5%

Shentel to Get Bigger Using Mix of Fiber, Cable & LTE Fixed Wireless
News Analysis | 8/7/2019

Regional operator Shentel says it plans to expand Internet access in part using LTE fixed wireless technology.

Comcast Expands Reach of 'Internet Essentials,' 15-Meg Remains Service's Sweet Spot
News Analysis | 8/6/2019

By including people with disabilities and seniors, Comcast says 3 million more homes are eligible for Internet service, subsidized PCs and digital literacy training targeted to low-income Americans.

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.

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.

Fiber, 5G or Cable? The Battle for the Enterprise Branch Office
Column | 7/29/2019

Fresh survey results show that the distributed enterprise market is up for grabs as cable operators, traditional telcos and wireless providers vie for advantage.

Charter Shifts Mobile Into Higher Gear
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

No. 2 US MSO signs up 208,000 wireless customers in the second quarter as it ramps up its Spectrum Mobile sales efforts to full throttle and extends its reach to nearly every type of wireless handset.

Comcast Broadband, Mobile Growth Engines Keep Purring
News Analysis | 7/25/2019

No. 1 US cable and broadband provider racks up another strong quarter of steady broadband and mobile sub growth while seeing video sub losses shoot up.

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.

Shaw Bets on BlueCurve for Broadband
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

As part of its broad product syndication deal with Comcast, big Canadian MSO is counting on new home WiFi app, DOCSIS 3.1 rollout and IPTV launch to trigger fresh subscriber and revenue growth.

Charter & NY Formally Kiss & Make Up
News Analysis | 7/12/2019

After New York's Public Service Commission rescinded approval of Charter's merger with TWC and Charter threatened to leave the state, negotiations succeeded and both orgs come out winners.

Cogeco Scores in US, Slips in Canada
News Analysis | 7/11/2019

Large cross-border cable operator exceeds analyst expectations with Q3 Atlantic Broadband results in US but disappoints with Cogeco Connexion results in Canada.

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.

CableLabs Unleashes Specs for Low-Latency DOCSIS
News Analysis | 6/20/2019

A component of cable's '10G' initiative, the new spec targets sub-1 millisecond latencies that can be enabled with software upgrades to existing DOCSIS 3.1 equipment and used for online gaming, VR apps.

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.

RDK JV Claims Gains With Service Providers, Device Footprint
News Analysis | 6/5/2019

Open software venture also developing software to work with consumer premises equipment for DSL and PON networks alongside its traditional focus on DOCSIS/HFC.

Terabyte Broadband Homes Continue to Climb
The Bauminator | 5/22/2019

OpenVault report finds that consumers in that 'power user' group doubled in Q1 2019, a growth rate that could cause some cable operators and other ISPs to consider upping their monthly data ceilings.

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.

Liberty Global Grapples With Revenue Slump
News Analysis | 5/13/2019

Even as it carries out its phased retreat from the European continent, Liberty Global is trying to stem video sub losses and spur fresh revenue growth with a slate of new product and service offerings.

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.

Cable One Hits Broadband ARPU High
News Analysis | 5/10/2019

MSO thrives as 10% of its new broadband subs take its new $40 unlimited data option for power users and other data subs shift to higher-priced speed tiers.

Light Reading Hall of Fame 2019
LRTV Documentaries | 5/6/2019

We've added four names to the Hall of Fame this year. Find out who they are...

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.

Charter Exploring 'Dual SIM' Technology
News Analysis | 4/30/2019

Charter, which added 176,000 mobile lines in Q1, is testing dual SIM capabilities, but deployments are not expected in 2019.