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Upskill U on Roadmaps for Gigabit Deployment

Kelsey Kusterer Ziser

Operators face numerous challenges in gigabit broadband network deployment in identifying the right architectures to support gigabit speeds, shifting strategically from legacy to newer equipment and in implementing the best plan for future upgrades.

In the second course in Upskill U's Gigabit series, Dr. Robert Howald, VP of network architecture at Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), and Alan Breznick, cable/video practice leader at Light Reading, will address current gigabit deployments, examine roadmaps for future technology development and identify best practices for managing ongoing network operations efficiently and cost effectively. The course takes place Friday, September 30, at 1 p.m. ET. (Register for Gigabit & the Great Migration.)

Dr. Robert Howald will address gigabit technology and deployments in  'Gigabit & the Great Migration' at Upskill U.
Dr. Robert Howald will address gigabit technology and deployments in
"Gigabit & the Great Migration" at Upskill U.

On Wednesday, Will Barkis, senior technology analyst at Orange (NYSE: FTE), launched the Gigabit series with the course "Gigabit 101." Barkis examined the four key features of gigabit -- low-latency, high bandwidth, symmetry and quality of service, explained tools for identifying the use cases for gigabit applications and described the vast array of opportunities enabled by gigabit services like the growth of smart cities and new developments in areas of the public domain like healthcare and education. (Listen to Gigabit 101.)

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"The four features of gigabit … are going to enable fundamentally new applications," said Barkis. "This isn't just better Internet or a slightly better TV experience; this is an entirely new class of tool and new human experiences that simply aren't possible on today's Internet."

Barkis also explored the challenges to gigabit deployment. Beyond the technical challenges, he noted that there are business challenges in defining use cases and the business model, social challenges in securing funding for communities and political challenges in passing legislation that supports the growth of gigabit. Yet despite those challenges, Barkis said the emergence of Google Fiber, conversations around net neutrality and growing political interest in gigabit is changing the conversation.

"The conversation has seemed to shift from talking about this as a luxury -- these super-fast, very reliable, very low-latency networks -– to this is a utility of the modern area. The deployment is still not that widespread, it'll take a while to get it out there, but that's why I claim that the 'Gigabit Age' is upon us."

Don't miss out on these upcoming lectures in the Gigabit series:

  • Gigabit & Smart Cities (Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1:00 p.m. ET): Joe Kochan, COO & Co-Founder, US Ignite .
  • Gigabit & DOCSIS 3.1 (Friday, Oct. 7, 1:00 p.m. ET): Ty Pearman, Director, Access Architecture, Comcast, with co-presenters Saifur Rahman, Engineer, Comcast and Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading.

Join Upskill U's nearly 6,000 registered listeners in exploring roadmaps for future gigabit deployment and building a better understanding of gigabit technology and use cases for gigabit services. All courses are recorded and archived so it's easy to revisit lectures or catch up on missed sessions. Join in the conversation today. I'll see you on the chat boards!

— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, editor, Upskill U

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Kelsey Ziser
10/4/2016 | 9:09:52 AM
Re: Smart cities and the gigabit
Thanks, Michelle, it's great to hear that you've found the Upskill U courses to be valuable! I'm looking forward to hearing from Joe about smart cities as well as I find smart grid technology to be fascinating. 
9/30/2016 | 4:44:12 PM
Smart cities and the gigabit
I've been impressed with the Upskill U presentations. The smart cities session should be especially helpful as we look into a future with even more connected devices.
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