But, thanks partly to the current COVID-19 hit, the market won't approach its previous heights until at least the middle of the decade when next-gen access technologies finally kick in.
Instead of staging a live conference in London next month as previously planned, Light Reading will now run a free, digital event over two afternoons in mid-June because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New remote PHY 'shelf' running Harmonic's CableOS software enables MSOs to quickly add upstream and downstream capacity without the troubles typically associated with traditional node splits, company claims.
Vendor has seen an uptick in CCAP software licenses and node splits that help MSOs add capacity to keep up with traffic demands. However, the impact of COVID-19 has caused sales to slump across the board.
CEO says cable revenues rose in Q1 as operators upgraded software licenses and also bought a greater mix of network hardware.
Video losses also climbed during the pandemic, and the company expects mobile sub volumes to slow as most retail stores remain closed.
Harmonic ends Q1 with 27 commercial deployments covering 1.3 million modems for its software-powered, virtualized cable access platform, but rollout pace has decelerated during the pandemic.
Cable and wireless tech supplier says manufacturing is fully operational and seeing increased customer demand. Meanwhile, CommScope says it's also seeing cable operator spending tick up.
We now plan to hold our Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver on August 25-27 after postponing it earlier this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With public health concerns about the spread of COVID-19 mounting, Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event will be postponed until sometime in late August.
Culprits include slowdown in capacity purchases, next-gen network indecision and a lack of broadband competition. Meanwhile, DOCSIS 3.1 CPE shipments made a big jump.
However, CPE biz remains an important cash generator and a strategic piece of the portfolio that pulls through other products with different margin profiles, CFO says.
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.