Facing potential competition from 5G-enabled fixed wireless, the cable industry is ardently pursuing an ambitious 10G (as in 10 Gbps) initiative to develop its multi-gigabit broadband prowess over a combination of HFC, fiber and wireless networks. But, even with the release of CableLabs' multi-gig DOCSIS 4.0 spec last year, it's not clear that cable operators and vendors are ready to make that next great leap to symmetrical 10 Gbps service. What will it take for the industry to get there? What are the chief hurdles that must still be surmounted? In this session, our team of technologists will evaluate the state of cable's 10G quest.
The cable industry is now ardently pursuing a software-based strategy as it seeks to shift network functions and services from their legacy proprietary hardware to the cloud. Led by such major MSOs as Comcast in North America and Liberty Global in Europe, cablecos have started disaggregating their access networks and virtualizing network firewalls, routers/gateways, set-top boxes, cable modem termination system (CMTS) chasses and other key functions and equipment. It's all part of a broader drive to boost bandwidth, lower latency levels, scale operations, slash operating costs and deliver more advanced services to subscribers. This session will explore cable's evolving cloud strategy, look at where those efforts may lead and examine what the industry still needs to do.
With DOCSIS 3.1 almost universally deployed, cable operators and vendors are now preparing for the rollout of yet another next-gen version of DOCSIS. Known as DOCSIS 4.0, this new set of specs incorporates the features of both Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS (ESD), giving operators two separate but complementary ways to expand their bandwidth capacity and deliver symmetrical speeds of 25 Gbps or more to broadband subscribers. In this session, we will delve into the details of DOCSIS 4.0, explore what the new specs will enable, discuss upcoming tests and trials and see what the timeline for deployments will be.
With work-from-home collaboration tools emerging as critical during the pandemic and broadband customers increasingly using applications like video conferencing and multi-player online gaming, cable operators and vendors are looking to lower network latency levels to improve their subscribers' quality-of-experience (QoE). So cable technologists are now hard at work on ways to do just that. In this session, we will focus on technologies, techniques and tools that the industry is developing to measure, monitor and reduce latency, jitter, buffering and other network performance issues, review the progress that's been made so far and discuss what the future may hold.
Cable technologists love to talk about the great potential of DOCSIS 4.0, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), Flexible MAC Architecture, Fiber Deep, network virtualization and other new technologies and specs. But, even as cable operators and their tech partners move ahead with upgrades of their HFC networks and deployments of these new technologies, they are running smack into fresh challenges testing, monitoring and maintaining these next-gen networks. This session will dive into the challenges of measuring, monitoring and testing the evolving cable network and discuss how operators and vendors are coping with these challenges.
Despite getting off to a relatively late start, the cable industry is now staking out its own claim in the network virtualization space. Led by such major MSOs as Comcast, Liberty Global, Cox and Shaw, cable operators and their technology partners are particularly moving ahead with virtualizing the cable access network and edge-computing initiatives to meet growing bandwidth demands, boost service delivery, enhance network performance, slash operating costs and bring new products, services and features to market quicker. But much more work remains to be done. This webinar will review cable's latest virtualization moves, assess the industry's early progress, examine what's working and what's not and look at where cable goes next.