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With DOCSIS 3.1 rollouts unfolding, fiber buildouts accelerating and Remote PHY deployments beginning, European cable operators are prepping their networks for multi-gigabit data speeds, more advanced video services and next-gen wireless services. They are making these moves to keep up with aggressive, fiber-rich rivals like BT, Orange and Deutsche Telekom. But, with mounting bandwidth pressures and the growing assault on their core pay-TV business by OTT providers, cablecos face stiff competitive challenges on both the broadband and video fronts. In this big-picture view, we will explore the competitive context for cable's latest tech gambits.
Now that they have begun to roll out DOCSIS 3.1, European cable operators are staking their claim in the gigabit market with the ability to offer download speeds of up to 10 Gbps and upload speeds of at least 1 Gbps. But what does it take to deliver these higher broadband speeds? Are they high enough to thwart FTTH rivals? What operational benefits does DOCSIS 3.1 offer? What are the biggest challenges to overcome? In this opening panel, our team of experts will discuss the early deployment lessons from the field in both Europe and North America.
A leading analyst presents the latest data on the swiftly changing broadband market and cable’s tole in it.
For the first time in the industry’s history, Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 offers cable operators the opportunity to deliver symmetrical multi-gigabit speeds of up to 10 Gbps to broadband customers, making it a very potent competitive tool. But the next-gen spec requires cablecos to upgrade to a node-plus-zero architecture, removing all network amplifiers and pulling fiber all the way down to the last active node in the network. So the big question is whether this difficult, costly upgrade to a Fiber Deep architecture is worth the trouble, particularly in Europe where most of the cable plant is buried underground. Our panelists will debate the pros and cons of adopting FDX versus implementing RF spectrum mid-splits or high-splits.
Even as they deploy integrated CCAP chassis, European MSOs are pursuing distributed access architecture (DAA) options for shifting headend functions to the access network and expanding their capacity for delivering new, more advanced services. In this session, cable technologists will discuss the pros and cons of Remote PHY, Remote MAC/PHY, Remote CCAP and Remote OLT options, as well as how DOCSIS 3.1, Fiber Deep, 5G and other new technologies will impact the last mile of tomorrow.
Despite a relatively late start, the cable industry is now moving ahead briskly in the software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) space, even leading the way in such aspects as the virtualization of its access networks. But while cablecos are starting to virtualize such key network functions and devices as firewalls, routers, set-top boxes and even CMTS chasses and build more software capabilities in their architectures, they still have a long way to go before upgrading to full, cloud-based platforms. In this panel, we’ll look at where cable stands in its cloud journey, what challenges must still be overcome and what will come next.
A leading research analyst will make the case for a new pay-TV business model that incorporates OTT video and other new video services into the traditional pay-TV platform.
With numerous European cable operators already offering both wireline and wireless services, the big focus now is on putting together a comprehensive converged fixed/mobile network. In this panel, we will focus on the strategic advantages of deploying a converged architecture, the challenges of developing that network, the potential use cases and business models for converged services, and the time frame for deploying them. In particular, we’ll look at all these elements as the communications industry moves toward embracing 5G mobile technologies.