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Wi-Fi vs EU LBT: Houston, we have a problem

November 17, 2014

By Joey Padden — Licensed Assisted Access using LTE is the nascent LTE tech that puts cellular signals into the unlicensed spectrum. It goes by LAA-LTE or LTE-U for short. By all accounts the blitz is on to push this new tech into the field as fast as possible. NTT DoCoMo and Verizon have already […]

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CableLabs Builds Its Presence in Silicon Valley

November 10, 2014

By Wayne Surdam, VP of Communications, CableLabs — Over the past twenty-five years, CableLabs has acted as a hub for an ever-growing network of cable-related innovation. A year ago we opened CableLabs’ new Sunnyvale office in the heart of Silicon Valley. The new office is designed to provide lab facilities, and more importantly a strategically […]

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Optimizing & Monetizing Wi-Fi Networks

October 23, 2014

By Justin Colwell – The cable industry’s network has an opportunity to go beyond the home and enterprise to become a platform for a truly mobile service. Areas where CableLabs is focusing to optimize and standardize Cable Wi-Fi networks are discussed in my recent video interview with Alan Breznick of Light Reading. CableLabs’ role with […]

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Cable in the Internet of Things

October 8, 2014

By Clarke Stevens –  It seems there’s only one thing everyone can agree upon about the Internet of Things – it includes the Internet and connected “things.” There are numerous standards and products that define specific areas within the Internet of Things (home automation, instrumented factories, and connected parking to name a few), but consumers […]

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CableLabs Founding Member of Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization

September 30, 2014

By Don Clarke, Principal Architect, CableLabs – Almost exactly two years after a group of 13 network operators launched Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) onto the world stage, there is now another seismic industry shift taking place towards using open source software for networks. Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), which launched today, is a new open […]

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Community Wi-Fi – A Primer

September 11, 2014

By Vivek Ganti –  When walking through a typical residential neighborhood today, all Wi-Fi access points in range are almost always locked, preventing access to anyone but the owner. Although subscribers pay for a certain high-speed broadband connection, bandwidth caps are not reached most of the time. An opportunity exists to optimize bandwidth resources for […]

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CableLabs Technology Adopted by China’s Cable Operators (C-DOCSIS)

September 4, 2014

By Karthik Sundaresan, Principal Architect, CableLabs – DOCSIS® continues to prove its strength, longevity, and relevance as a worldwide access network technology. Last week, CableLabs issued the C-DOCSIS System Specification, completing the suite of specifications known as C-DOCSIS. Cable companies in China are choosing DOCSIS as one of the technologies for offering High-Speed Data and […]

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Progress in the First Year of the STB Voluntary Agreement

August 28, 2014

    By Debbie Fitzgerald, Director, CableLabs –  Back at the beginning of this year, I blogged about the historic STB Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreement. Today, the signatories of VA announced the release of their first annual report, and they are already making significant progress. CableLabs is proud to be a part of this important […]

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Learning to Innovate – The Innovation Bootcamp

August 6, 2014

By Phil McKinney, President and CEO, CableLabs – The Importance of Innovation Companies depend on the ability to innovate in order to remain competitive. Traditionally, we consider innovation to involve fun and creativity. However, innovation can be hard work requiring both willingness and an ability to generate ideas. According to Linda Hill and co-authors of […]

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In-home Wi-Fi Networks: Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

July 22, 2014

Do you have broadband Internet service? If yes, most likely you also have a Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) for wireless connectivity in the home. Today, in-home Wi-Fi is almost ubiquitous in the countries with developed economies, and the penetration is only growing. A new iGR study forecasts that almost 98 percent of broadband data use […]

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The Future of Home Networking: HIPnet, HOPnet, and RAP

July 16, 2014

By John Berg – HIPnet, HOPnet, and The Future of Home Networking You might think this is going to be a story about Eminem, 50 Cent, or the Beastie Boys.  But before you drop that Slim Shady LP on the turntable, let me assure you that this is actually about cool new technology.  It is […]

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How CableLabs Can Meet All Your Head End Needs

July 1, 2014

By James Kerley – You may have heard that CableLabs offers a variety of testing and certification labs available for use across the cable industry. But what exactly does that mean? We’ll be taking a closer look at the facilities CableLabs offers, both in Colorado and California, so you can see why we might be […]

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NCTA Clears Up Set-Top Box Energy Reports

June 19, 2014

By, CableLabs Staff – Set-top Box Energy Consumption Recently a lot of waves were made when the L.A. Times published an article claiming that cable TV boxes have become the second-biggest energy using appliance in consumers’ homes. Unfortunately, there were several inaccuracies in the article, including statements made about the Industry Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy […]

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Why It’s Time to Pay Attention to Facial Recognition

June 17, 2014

By Garey Hassler – “Face” It, We Like Being “Recognized” As consumers, we love to be pampered. We enjoy feeling special and unique. This is especially true when we are spending our time and money on services. Recognition by a waitress or waiter at our favorite restaurant not only increases our loyalty to the brand, […]

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How DOCSIS 3.1 Reduces Latency with Active Queue Management

June 6, 2014

  By Greg White, Principal Architect, CableLabs – At CableLabs we sometimes think big picture, like unifying the worldwide PON standards, and sometimes we focus on little things that have big impacts. In the world of cable modems a lot has been said about the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, the rock-solid historical trend where broadband […]

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Video Coding Platforms: Then, Now, and On the Horizon

June 5, 2014

By Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs – Up until a few years ago, the encoder/transcoder market was dominated by systems based on ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) architectures that provided excellent performance with minimal power consumption.  These audio/video compression workhorses have allowed cable operators to provide more and more high-quality video to their customers in […]

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