Excellent statement Rouzbeh and well articulated as always.
We are migrating from an era where Internet Access was simply a product addition on an HFC network into one of all data; then make that the biggest and best it can be. Services then become just an application on that network. MetaSwitch said it best recently: “We need to become the FedEx and UPS of data package delivery, who cares about the bits inside.”
We were reaching for that end in 802.14 but were not able to meet the timely demands of the Cable Industry and ceded our efforts. DOCSIS was an outstanding solution for the industry’s needs and Cable Labs was second to none in offering the industry revenue generating solutions. Hat’s off to what DOCSIS created! Underlying principles return though as we see in the advent of Carrier Ethernet and embedded CORE router controls such as Cisco’s. The old battles of flow management, QoS, concatenation and fragmentation remain though our channel model performances are well settled.
Be data first and watch your revenue models transform your view of business. Thanks Rouzbeh, y’all were a great set of mentors. It continues to be a fun ride!