ARRIS DOCSIS® Leadership on Display: Hits 200-Million Device Milestone

Larry Robinson President, Customer Premises Equipment, ARRIS

By Larry Robinson
President, Customer Premises Equipment, ARRIS

We’re here at the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017 promoting broadband technology AND celebrating a huge milestone with our service provider partners.In the third quarter of 2017, ARRIS shipped our 200-millionth DOCSIS® device. This milestone marks ARRIS’s pioneering efforts to deliver broadband to millions of people around the world. It highlights our long legacy of driving one of the most important technologies in our industry…and possibly in the history of communications.

The DOCSIS specification enables high-speed data services to be carried through the hybrid fiber coax architecture of modern cable systems. It is the backbone of the cable broadband industry and part of ARRIS’s DNA. It is a critical tool for cable operators to enable constant connectivity for their customers.

Since its introduction more than 20 years ago, DOCSIS has evolved, undergoing numerous enhancements. ARRIS helped guide these advances all along the way. Today, we’re working closely with the world’s leading providers to roll out the latest version – DOCSIS 3.1 – to customers. It promises to be a game changer, enabling multi-Gigabit speeds up to 150x faster than the current US national average (as calculated by Speedtest.net).

The DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade cycle is accelerating quickly. The industry’s need to deliver Gigabit speeds, creates unprecedented demand for ARRIS’s broad portfolio of DOCSIS 3.1 CPE and network equipment. The next generation of DOCSIS will power blazing fast Wi-Fi®, rich interactive video services, and fast-growing connectivity for businesses.

docsis_familyIn the spirit of The Next Big, ARRIS continues to look forward. At the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017, booth #1595, we will showcase three crucial pillars of our vision:

  • DOCSIS 3.1 CPE: ARRIS provides one of the broadest portfolios of multi-Gigabit cable modems, voice and data gateways to address the diverse and evolving needs of service providers worldwide. Each device in the family is designed to deliver the future of entertainment and communication…today.
  • HomeAssure™: ARRIS’s new Home Wi-Fi Management platform to enable the ultimate Wi-Fi experience. The comprehensive set of tools includes: a subscriber app that simplifies the Wi-Fi experience (e.g. the ability to auto-configure extenders and gateways); “Fast-Steering” automated network optimization; technician tools; and remote monitoring and diagnostics.
  • Wireless Intelligence: Arming service providers with real-time analytics on public Wi-Fi network activity – down to the device level – to efficiently manage network performance and deliver fast Wi-Fi to customers outside of the home.

All of these technologies are transforming the way we stay connected in our busy lives. As ARRIS continues to lead innovation and the transformation of the industry, our 200 million device milestone is a good reminder of just how many lives we’ve touched along the way. This is part of our inspiration to invent the next big thing…and to keep powering the digital world.

ARRIS channel partner helps island operator think big about the future

Réunion is an island in the Indian Ocean, close to Mauritius. Despite its modest population of just 850,000 people, the country has the same broadband supply and demand challenges as markets many times larger.

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Reunicable is a leading Multi-System Operator (MSO) operating on the island and delivers a triple play offering through its local brand Zeop. The company wanted to extend its network, offering gigabit broadband speeds to all its customers. As a result, it needed world-leading solutions to stay competitive with the other providers on the island and prepare for the future. Working with ARRIS channel partner Lucas Telecom to advise on design, deploy and integrate the technology, Zeop has now implemented the new solution, anchored by the ARRIS E6000 Converged Edge Router.

The implementation was hassle-free and enables Zeop customers to freely use bandwidth-intensive applications with low latency. Zeop’s services are now positioned well against Réunion’s other operators, thanks to ARRIS technology, but it also has the capability to grow its revenue with new services and differentiate itself in the marketplace in years to come.

Read more about Zeop’s story here

For more information about ARRIS channel partners, click here

The Revolution Will Be Televised: Asia’s Quick March to a Digital Future

Asia is in the midst of a digital transformation. Across the continent, Asian service providers are leading the way for some of the most advanced home entertainment experiences in the world. But what’s even more exciting are the incredible advances they’re making to bring these experiences to billions of consumers.

Service providers in many countries in Asia are leapfrogging entire technology generations. In some emerging markets, for example, broadband providers are going straight from dial-up to fiber broadband, while video providers are transitioning from analog to digital MPEG-4, completely bypassing MPEG-2 in the process.

These broad deployments of next-generation technology have a number of advantages. From a business perspective, they’re enabling local providers to unleash top-of-the-line services that are heads and shoulders above the competition’s offerings. And for consumers, it means that the future will arrive sooner—with faster speeds, smarter devices, and the latest entertainment coming on the heels of these cutting-edge deployments.

Even in areas without ‘straight to tomorrow’ trajectories, local providers are upgrading networks and technology at a pace that exceeds much of the world. It reflects the fact that Asia, as a market, is more competitive than ever before.

Among the biggest growth trends in Asia is the digitization of cable networks, fueled in large part by government mandates for nationwide infrastructure advancements. The resulting leaps in technology generations are changing the way that Asian providers introduce new services like network DVR. For example, in China, where few have ever owned a VCR, there is no interest in hitting the record button to watch something later. Chinese consumers expect providers to offer all shows—past and past—whenever they want them.

Asian providers are anticipating these new experiences as well as idiosyncratic expectations of their local consumers using a combination of technology and market insight. Content consumption across wireless networks is huge in Asia, as is multiscreen. In addition to investing in new network technology to handle the inevitable shift to multi-gigabit broadband, providers are also racing to ensure that there’s enough Wi-Fi coverage throughout consumers’ homes to take advantage of those speeds and power tomorrow’s TV in every room.

According to the ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index 2015, consumers in Asia-Pacific experience challenges when it comes to WiFi:  four out of every five Chinese consumers reported issues with their Wi-Fi. Add that to the nearly three-quarters of respondents who indicated that they want high-speed Internet in every room, and quickly the notion of generation-hopping both network infrastructure and home networking technology begins to make sense.

Whether it’s deploying network extenders, the latest DOCSIS devices, or laying fiber and shifting to all-IP networks, Asian service providers are setting a global example for the introduction of tomorrow’s entertainment. And very soon, Asian consumers will be the ones enjoying the fruits of falling technology prices, highly competitive markets, government incentives, and forward-looking service providers. The TV revolution in Asia is alive and very real indeed.

Slow Wi-Fi? Buffering video? We Can Help!

Check with your local cable provider for a list of compatible modems and gateways.

If your Wi-Fi is slow, or your streaming videos are choppy, chances are a new cable modem can solve your problems.

But how do you know which one to buy?

As the leading manufacturer of cable modems, with over 135 million sold, ARRIS has put together an expert buying guide to help you figure out just how to get the last ounce of speed out of your broadband connection.

Maybe you’re among the 41% of Americans streaming content to their tablet in the bedroom, or you’re streaming more than the average 8 hours of Internet TV*. Chances are there’s a cable modem out there with the exact feature set to keep up with you and your entertainment lifestyle. … And the good news is that it’s an investment that can save you lots of money in the long-term…

Don’t know what DOCSIS or MoCA or 802.11 mean? No problem. Tweet us your questions @ARRISEVERYWHERE and we’ll help you out.

* According to the ARRIS 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index

A New Solution for the Timing and Scaling of DOCSIS IP Multicast Services

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Bill Hanks, Director of Systems Engineering

Attendees of next week’s The Cable Show are hoping to catch an early glimpse of tomorrow’s evolution in TV and cable. Next Wednesday morning, ARRIS’s own Tom Cloonan, CTO Networks, will be moderating a session entitled “From CDNs to Streaming Clouds: Advanced Approaches for Video Delivery”. On this panel, Amit Eshet, ARRIS Fellow, will be presenting a paper entitled “Multicast as a Mandatory Stepping Stone for an IP Video Service to the Big Screen” and I will be presenting a paper on entitled “An Improvement Proposal for the Timing and Scaling of DOCSIS IP Multicast Services”.

In my talk, I will address an issue related to a key component of the IPTV evolution: efficient DOCSIS IP multicast delivery.

Consumers’ increasing multiscreen habits coupled with the growing adoption of the DOCSIS 3.0 protocol pose an imminent timing and scalability challenge to many DOCSIS-based IPTV systems—ranging from multicast processing power, membership messaging latency, and unicast bandwidth needs for fast-channel-change techniques.

My co-authors and I believe that the industry can mitigate this challenge by employing a DOCSIS® Multicast Carousel to enable the cable modem to make its own tuning and multicast forwarding decisions.

Our panel takes place Wednesday, April 30 at 8:00 am in Room 403B. We hope to see you there!

ARRIS TO OFFER INDUSTRY’S FIRST DOCSIS 3.1 DEMO ON A SHIPPING CCAP, AT THE 2014 CABLE SHOW

ARRIS will show the industry’s first DOCSIS 3.1 demonstration on a shipping CCAP – our E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) at this year’s Cable Show in Los Angeles.

This marks a new level of network scalability. ARRIS is focused on inventing the future, so we made sure that our current solutions could keep up with tomorrow’s demands. The E6000 CER is E6000_360__1a prime example.

It’s the industry’s leading CCAP platform, driving the shift to IP through our flagship customers around the world and a footprint of over 2 million subscribers. And now, it’s the first to demonstrate the expanded bandwidth capabilities of DOCSIS 3.1.

Our Cable Show demo will highlight the E6000 CER’s ability to run full CCAP with video and DOCSIS services converged on the same F connector and interoperability between current DOCSIS 3.0 SC-QAMs (24 DOCSIS bonded channels and 8 video channels)  and a DOCSIS 3.1 OFDM block.

More bandwidth means better services. The E6000 CER puts tomorrow’s complex multiscreen experiences, high-density video formats, and converged video and data services well within reach.

Join us in booth #1537, April 29th- May 1st, to check out our E6000 CER running DOCSIS 3.1 and see how we’re transforming the future of entertainment and communications.

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