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geminiwaghmare
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geminiwaghmare,
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12/1/2013 | 5:19:40 PM
Re: Good point on definition...
Alan, I think the "cable guys" have just had different market dynamics.  Competition has come later than with telecom operators, and the disruption curve is steeper.   Look at the new Xbox One. It's a springboard into traditional cable, over-the-top, Skype, games, and anything else.   Tivo is similar, as is Roku.  All of a sudden if you want to own the start screen, you need open platforms and a way to seamless aggregate and integrate linear TV and VOD with over-the-top and cloud services.   They will figure it out, they just didn't need to until very recently.  If they don't... they won't own the audience.
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Cellco,
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11/30/2013 | 1:53:27 PM
Re: Good point on definition...
I have had it much easier.  I started in telco operations and added (not moved to) picking up the TMN model implementation with IT staff in 1989.  Then adding cableco convergence with telco in 1993/1994 with McCaw and TCI; By 1998 working on HFC vs DOCSIS 1 SPIT; then by 2002 we were working on SPIT in WebTV and IPTV.  The luxury is we did so without the dominant providers of DAC and D/RNCS.  We were able to avoid the proprietary professional services of constant MIB integration fees (or flat out rejection) by using internal developers (home grown exported to Carrier Grade LINUX, MetaSolve, AMDOCS, Granite, NetCool etc...).  Finally by 2008 it was in those proprietary environments that Comcast has been able to bust open, that we could not.  Now everyone is able to justify development costs for TR-069 type development with the TMN MIB tools.
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DOShea,
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11/30/2013 | 10:10:38 AM
Re: Good point on definition...
I feel like cable companies are already included in the SPIT definition by virtue of obviously being more telecom and data networking service providers than they once were, though I agree anything to make cable even more aware of IT's possibilities and effects is worth getting more specific.
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albreznick,
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11/30/2013 | 8:50:13 AM
Re: Good point on definition...
Good points, Gemini. Why do you think cable engineers have been so relatively slow to embrace SPIT? Do thry judt not see it as relevant? Usually, it's tyhe cable guys that embrace innovation first, not the telcos, right? Do you think the cable guys are waking up fast enough?      
geminiwaghmare
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geminiwaghmare,
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11/29/2013 | 4:26:46 PM
Re: Good point on definition...
Ray,  I totally agree with you---- embracing cloud and service management means more open systems, platforms and of course APIs.  On the telecoms side IT has long had a stage, but over in cable the network engineers have dominated the scene. Sarah Reedy has written a lot about APIs over at LR Mobile and every time I see an article related to telcos opening up systems and APIs its strikes a chord on how relevant it is on the cable side too.  I see the disruption in TV as a real catalyst to a SPIT revolution in cable
Ray@LR
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11/29/2013 | 3:55:12 PM
Good point on definition...
Gemini, that is a good point about explicitly mentioning cable in the definition because it is just as relevant as any other part of the comms networking space - the folks that bemoan the arrival of the IT guys might be stacking shelves in a couple of years... there's plenty happening in service management, cloud, policy control, packet inspection etc in cable for it to be making a difference. A positive difference.
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jmac69,
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11/29/2013 | 1:45:14 PM
Interesting!
An excellent perspective.  It is amazing to me how diverse the position of cable executives is.  I know many that think that their window is quickly closing from competition from all angles, and others who think everything is just fine, thank you very much!

Reminds me of record executives in the early 2000's.  Very few saw the proliferation of mp3s having as dramatic an impact on the music industry as it ended up having.

Amazing.

 

J


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