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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shares are up 25% Friday after the cable and wireless tech vendor raises 2019 revenue guidance, but doesn't explain why.
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' 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.
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.
Spectrum Total Connect focused on large, national business customers that require connectivity inside and out of Charter's 41-state footprint.
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 op also details a new multi-Gig-capable 'XB7' gateway that is equipped with WiFi 6 and low-latency features tailored for online gamers.
And DOCSIS 4.0 specifications are expected to be completed in early 2020, CableLabs exec says.
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.
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.
Based on MoffettNathanson's analysis of overlapping FTTP and DSL competition, MSOs have more subscriber runway ahead for broadband than contemplated in prior forecasts.
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.
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.
Q3 spending on cable network tech improved but it's still well below historic levels, Dell'Oro says.
Intel has hired a financial advisor to sell a unit that makes chips for gateways, cable modems and smart home equipment, according to Bloomberg.
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.
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.
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.
40% of new broadband customers opt for the company's DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit broadband service, according to company CTO Gerhard Mack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Those discussions appear to stem from broader talks centered on licensing Comcast's X1 platform.
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.
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.'
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.
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 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.
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.
Gunnar Peters from Spectrum Enterprise discusses how the company listens to customers and decides what services to offer next.
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.
Starting in its West division, Comcast has raised the downstream speeds on tiers that 85% of its customers in the region subscribe to.
Cable op has quietly launched the Contour Stream Player, Cox's twist on Comcast's Xfinity Flex video streaming product for broadband-only subs.
Mitchko, a former Cadent exec and engineer who worked on Cablevision's pioneering remote-storage DVR service, succeeds the retired Jay Rolls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Germany's telecom incumbent has already witnessed ten years of broadband decline at the hands of cable operators. Are things about to get worse?
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.
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%
Regional operator Shentel says it plans to expand Internet access in part using LTE fixed wireless technology.
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 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.
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.
Fresh survey results show that the distributed enterprise market is up for grabs as cable operators, traditional telcos and wireless providers vie for advantage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Large cross-border cable operator exceeds analyst expectations with Q3 Atlantic Broadband results in US but disappoints with Cogeco Connexion results in Canada.
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.
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.
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.
Open software venture also developing software to work with consumer premises equipment for DSL and PON networks alongside its traditional focus on DOCSIS/HFC.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Charter, which added 176,000 mobile lines in Q1, is testing dual SIM capabilities, but deployments are not expected in 2019.