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In this period of enormous change, where the $300 billion industry is facing unprecedented headwinds from Over-The-Top (OTT) competitors, can pay TV industry respond in a way that changes the direction of consumer behavior in their favor? During this breakfast session, Clayton Wagar speaks with Alan Breznick about how operators can take advantage of a virtuous cycle in which customer activity, value, motivation and adoption sits at the core. What you will gain from this session: a new perspective on pay TV!
Following years of tech trials and pilots, cable operators are starting to deploy distributed access architecture (DAA) options for shifting legacy headend functions to the access network and expanding the capacity of that network for new, more advanced services. At the same time, many operators are looking to upgrade and standardize the lowly fiber-optic node under an SCTE program called GAP (for Generic Access Platform) so that module components can easily be snapped into place like Legos. But not all players are on board yet. In this session, cable technologists will discuss the proposed GAP initiative and their latest Remote PHY, Remote MAC/PHY and other DAA moves, as well as address the impact that DOCSIS 3.1, Fiber Deep, 10G EPON, 5G and other new technologies will have on the last mile of tomorrow.
Although top cable technologists insist that the industry's HFC pipes still have plenty of juice left in them, most cable operators are scrambling to install more fiber in their networks. Whether they're going all-fiber like Altice, embracing Fiber Deep like Comcast and Cox or just splitting more optical nodes, cablecos are rolling out more fiber to offer more bandwidth, deliver new services, improve performance and slash operating costs. In this session, we'll look at cable's growing fiber diet, the more advanced services that fiber can deliver, the new PON technologies operators can tap and the challenges involved in upgrading the HFC plant.
Despite a relatively late start, the cable industry is now moving ahead in the software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) space, even leading the way in such areas as the virtualization of its access networks. But, while cablecos are starting to virtualize such key network functions and hardware as firewalls, routers, set-top boxes and even CMTS chasses and are increasingly baking more software capabilities into their architectures, they are still a long way from having full, cloud-based platforms. In this panel, we'll look at where cable stands in its cloud journey, which challenges must be overcome and what comes next.
Arianne Hinds, Principal Architect and Futurist, CableLabs presents on light field displays and immersive experiences, and the implications for cable.
Building on the broad success of Ethernet technology, new, more advanced services are quickly gaining traction in the commercial market. Led by the various flavors of SD-WAN, the list includes managed security, video monitoring and surveillance, wireless WAN backup, industrial IoT, cloud-based services, on-demand services, application-specific bandwidth and more. But what’s the business model for these new services? Can they generate healthy profits or will they end just being loss leaders? Our team of experts will assess.