CableLabs Launches 10G Challenge: Powering the Future of Broadband Innovation
What will our digital future look like? Presented by CableLabs on behalf of the cable industry, the 10G Challenge aims to answer that question, ultimately advancing innovative technologies and inventing a better future for everyone. CableLabs is committing more than $300,000 USD in prize money to six Challenge winners.
What is the 10G Challenge?
The objective of the 10G Challenge is to inspire people to envision a new, powerful broadband network as a tool to solve real-world problems. The challenge is designed to showcase the individuals and the organizations developing these technologies, services and applications that will rely on the network of the future.
Intended to support the development of those technologies, services and applications, the 10G Challenge is focused on encouraging innovation in four categories: live, work, learn and play. 10G not only provides faster symmetrical speeds but also lower latency, enhanced reliability and better security in a scalable manner. The 10G platform advances device and network performance to remain ahead of consumer demand, providing a broad range of immersive new digital experiences and other emerging technologies that will revolutionize the way we live, work, learn and play.
10G Challenge Industry Experts
The 10G Challenge will be judged, in part, by industry experts from Corning, Mayo Clinic and Zoom — four companies concentrating on leveraging technology to develop innovative new solutions in their industries.
Live (judged, in part, by Mayo Clinic): With health care being one of the largest and most significant industries in which technology can make a sizable impact, advanced technologies can help improve numerous aspects of our health and well-being. This video contains more information on what the future of health care could look like.
Work (judged by Corning): As we’ve learned over the past year-plus, smart, intuitive technologies are not only transforming how we collaborate and solve problems, but they are also boosting creativity and productivity at work. This video highlights what the future of work could look like.
Learn (judged by Zoom): From VR worlds to light field holodecks and omnipresent AI assistance, combining the right network speed with visionary thinking propels how we learn into the future. This video includes ideas detailing what the future of education could look like.
Play: Whether gaming, attending concerts, or watching our favorite movies and shows, technology will impact how we play and entertain ourselves in the near future. This video describes how the future of gaming and entertainment could look.
How To Get Involved
From forward-thinking individuals and entrepreneurial ventures to inventors, university students, or growing companies from the U.S. or Canada, the 10G Challenge encourages innovators building solutions that leverage the emerging 10G network to submit a short video demonstrating their technology or idea.
Five winning submissions will be chosen by business leaders: one winner in each category and a Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize winner will receive $100,000 USD in the form of a cash prize to help advance their technology, while category winners will receive a non dilutive $50,000 USD cash prize. There is also a People's Choice winner who will receive a $10,000 USD cash prize.
At CableLabs, we are constantly building for the future and looking to support those who can help us revolutionize how the world lives, works, learns and plays.
2021 Tech Innovation Predictions
Now that 2021 has arrived, it’s time to share my tech innovation predictions for the year. Watch the video below to find out what you can expect to see this year.
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A Warm Welcome to SCTE•ISBE—Now Joined With CableLabs!
Today, SCTE•ISBE members voted to make Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), a subsidiary of CableLabs. The agreement is the result of a unanimous vote of the CableLabs and SCTE board of directors and a vote of overwhelming support for the proposal by SCTE members. This combination will increase the alignment of investment, resources and innovations between the two organizations. CableLabs members can expect expanded benefits as part of the transaction, which goes into effect January 1, 2021.
This strategic decision allows SCTE•ISBE and CableLabs to increase industry collaboration and accelerate our progress toward 10G by streamlining the cable technology innovation cycle—from the very early research and ideation stage all the way to mass market deployment.
SCTE•ISBE has served as a cable thought leader for over 50 years, bringing the industry together through various initiatives such as its incredibly successful annual SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo®, core learning and development programs for cable technologists and other membership activities. SCTE’s goals of facilitating productive industry partnerships, technological progress and innovation are already very closely aligned with ours. By formally combining our efforts and expertise, we aim to further accelerate our innovation and deployment efforts—a mutually-beneficial move for all our respective members and the global cable industry as a whole.
The decision to join forces is not only smart, it is also very timely. The current pace of innovation requires us to move quicker than ever before. After all, we are building the communication platform that will become a cornerstone of future technological progress. By syncing and closely managing our innovation, specifications, standards, training and deployment efforts between our two companies, the industry can drive faster and more cost-effective infrastructure upgrades. These efficiencies will allow for smoother workflows and more collaboration opportunities among our members and the cable community.
Together we can more efficiently test, build and deploy technologies that will meet and exceed the needs of cable broadband customers around the world, as well as allow our members and vendors to maximize their investments and resources. We are here to support our cable community on all fronts—from education and training to technical expertise and industry standardization efforts, plus, much more. This is why we are very much looking forward to welcoming SCTE•ISBE to our CableLabs family in 2021!
2020 Tech Innovation Predictions
Now that 2020 has arrived, it’s time to share my tech innovation predictions for the year. Watch the video below to find out what you can expect to see this year.
What are your innovation predictions for 2020? Tell us in the comment section below. Best wishes for a great new year!
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10G Platform: Coming to Homes, Offices and Cities Near You
In just 2 years, the cable industry has made an unparalleled technological leap by increasing availability of 1 gigabit broadband Internet from only 4 percent to 80 percent of U.S. households. Today, we’re excited to announce that this accomplishment is just the first step toward realizing cable’s 10G vision in the next decade.
Is 10G Technology a Future Vision or Can I Get It Today?
10G is not a single technology; it’s the cable broadband technology platform that can handle more data from more devices 10 times faster than today’s fastest cable broadband networks. But network speed isn’t the only feature of 10G. Its reduced latency, enhanced reliability and security features will open doors to a myriad of new immersive digital experiences and other emerging technologies that will revolutionize the way we live, work, learn and play.
The foundation for 10G technology already exists. The capacity of the cable networks that now deliver 1 gigabit speeds to more than 100 million homes across America will be incrementally expanded over the next few years. Plus, cable’s footprint will allow for deployment of new technologies on a massive scale, bringing multi-gigabit speeds to more homes and businesses globally.
Limitless Possibilities Powered by the 10G Platform
The cable industry has a track record of delivering on its promises. A few years ago, when we were talking about the impact of 1 gigabit speeds on the connectivity industry, we envisioned a world of lag-free 4K streaming, blazing fast upload and download speeds, and smoother gaming—experiences that are now available to 93 percent of U.S. cable customers.
The 10G technology promise, however, takes us into a whole new realm of possibilities that will impact every aspect of our lives:
- How We Work—Telecommuting is already favored by many businesses around the world, but the new 10G platform-powered remote presence technology will make this practice commonplace. Coworkers will be able to securely and effectively collaborate via distance VR, video walls and realistic light field displays from various locations, maximizing productivity and minimizing business expenses.
- How We Learn—10G technology will enable the advancement of many emerging technologies, such as head-mounted displays, that can be used in the classroom to integrate VR with real-life objects. This technology can help our children engage with the physical world, distant cultures and the entire universe in new and interesting ways, revolutionizing our approach to education.
- How We Live—The data capacity and enhanced security of multi-gigabit networks will give rise to a new wave of remote diagnostics technology. Doctors will be able to remotely monitor their patients’ vitals in real time, providing better care, quality of life and peace of mind to the elderly and their families.
- How We Play—10G networks’ capacity and speed also comes with one-tenth the latency, making sluggish connections a thing of the past. Gamers will be able to enjoy a truly seamless, life-like experience with more control and zero lag time. Plus, very low-latency networks can boost innovation and open more opportunities for VR/AR applications in other areas of our life.
Based on the double-digit bandwidth usage growth that we continue to see every year, we know our customers and the industry are ready for the next step in network innovation. The 10G platform will enable creators and innovators to fulfill their dreams while providing reliability and security that consumers can trust. We believe that 10G is the next leap into the future, and we’re already well on our way there.
To support the rollout, Intel will deliver 10 gigabit ready technology from the network infrastructure to home gateways. To learn more about the technologies enabling the 10G platform click on the link below.
2019 Tech Innovation Predictions
Now that 2019 is here, it’s time to share my tech innovation predictions for the year. Watch the video below to find out what you can expect to see in 2019.
What are your innovation predictions for 2019? Tell us in the comment section below. Best wishes for a great new year!
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2018 Tech Innovation Predictions
Now that 2018 has begun, it’s time for me to give my innovation predictions for the year. Watch the video below to find out what you can expect to see in 2018 and which trends are over-hyped.
What are your predictions for 2018? Tell us in the comment section below. Best wishes for a great new year!
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Meet CableLabs’ First Fellow Dr. Alberto Campos
CableLabs is pleased to announce the advancement to Fellow of thought leader, visionary and distinguished technologist Dr. Alberto Campos. Our greatest distinction for technical achievement, Dr. Campos is CableLabs’ first Fellow in its 29-year history.
The prestigious credential recognizes and rewards outstanding contributions to technology and is the highest level of our Technical Career Path (TCP). The TCP is a unique competency-based program that affords researchers the opportunity to advance their careers and be promoted without leaving their area of expertise. Employees are nominated for promotion by their supervisors and a board of peers inside and outside the cable industry collaborate to assess competence in the areas technical innovation, technical knowledge, relationship management, leadership, mentoring, problem-solving and analytical/critical thinking, communication, and business acumen. Alberto’s recommendation from the TCP board was reviewed and approved unanimously by the CableLabs Board of Directors on September 28th.
With 30 years’ experience in technology and 15 years at CableLabs, Dr. Campos is regarded as the “Founding Father of Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM)” and the subject matter expert in QoE, DOCSIS technology, RF, wireless optics and network management. He is the current CableLabs’ “Inventor of the Year”, conducting seminal work in PNM, DOCSIS 3.1 technology and coherent optics. He holds 21 patents in the areas of wireless networks and optical communications with 36 patents pending and 58 patent disclosures submitted.
We are profoundly grateful for Dr. Campos’ contributions to our community and his inspiring example to technologists worldwide. I invite you to watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Campos’ work in optics, virtual reality and telepresence and how he’s inventing the future.
You can read more about Alberto’s work in his blog post “Future Proofing Cable Optical Access Network: A Coherent Story”.
2017 Innovation Predictions
It’s that time of year for me to give my innovation predictions.
My top three predictions for 2017 are:
- Mixed Reality
- IoT Security
- Flexible Displays
Please take a look at the video where I elaborate on these three predictions.
Best wishes for a great year.
It's that time of year for me to give the predictions of the top three innovations coming in 2017. Now, I've been doing these predictions for many many years and actually have a pretty good track record. I've made most, I've missed a few. But also, I like to go out on a limb and give some predictions that kind of, maybe, push the envelope a little bit.
What's the number one prediction for 2017? It's around augmented reality, virtual reality, but more importantly, mixed reality. Mixed reality is really this combination of AR and VR where you actually see data and information that you can act upon. This kind of an experience is going to be really mind-blowing for people. It's really a great opportunity for content creators to think differently about the content they produce but also about the storytelling, the way of telling stories, and the way of making information interesting and actionable. So stay tuned, this is going to be a very exciting area. The first part of the year we're going to see more work in the hardware technologies. As we get into the latter half of the year, it's really going to be exciting to see some of this new content that is going to become available.
What's the second prediction? Second prediction is IoT: the Internet of Things is going to continue to be the hot area for 2017. Now, we've seen this introduction of IoT devices really explode in 2016. But one of the concerns that's really come out is security. The ability for hackers or people who are not friendly to be able to access IoT devices in consumers' homes has really become front-page news. So the question I have is, the technology is there, it's going to continue to expand, it's continued to be interesting. But as an industry, the security area has to be addressed before I predict broad consumer adoption of IoT devices. We're going to see IoT in everything from home security, home monitoring, heating, air conditioning, home appliances. We're also going to see some IoT devices and interesting areas like home health: healthcare devices that allow your doctors to monitor your healthcare, maybe after procedures or whatever, in your home and that just reinforces this one critical area which is around security to make this technology broadly available.
The third area is around display devices. Now, if you go back and you look at my predictions in previous years, I've talked about 3D the year it became a hot issue at some of the trade shows. We've talked about 4K. 4K high dynamic range (HDR) which is broadly going to be just a boon area for this year. In fact in 2016, in going into the holiday season, it became really very prevalent for people to buy these new kinds of TVs. What is left to be done in display technologies? What's left to be done is around flexible displays. Flexible displays being built on new kinds of materials such as this mylar, which is the backing material that's being used in some of the flexible displays that you'll see come available in the first part of 2017. This allows for displays to be manufactured that are one millimeter thick that literally you can attach to your wall as if it were wallpaper. What does this mean for the broad marketplace? When you have that kind of technology -- very low-cost but very flexible -- from the standpoint of how it gets used, we will see flexible displays on TVs as obvious, but also transforming things like whiteboards, collaboration technologies, technologies used in the classroom, advertising displays in retail and billboards. You'll be able to get these kinds of displays at such a low cost that you can literally transform every flat surface you see and turn that into a new kind of display for use of all kinds of ways.
So those are the three predictions for 2017. We have everything from the AR/VR/mixed reality, the Internet of Things, and these new kinds of displays.
CableLabs 2.0 Aligns with The Future
Since my original post last week announcing CableLabs 2.0, a number of individuals including reporters have reached out asking for more details and background. This post provides an update with additional information.
As CableLabs makes its largest transformation in its 29 year history, we have restructured the organization to align with the future, working with our Board of Directors who fully support the increased priority of CableLabs' long term innovation efforts.
In order to provide added clarity, I would like to elaborate on some details of the transformation:
- As a result of CableLabs 2.0’s focus on longer-term innovations, CableLabs eliminated 27 positions across the organization. This has allowed us to free up budget for investment in innovative pursuits, including opening new positions requiring the range of skills needed to build out and sustain our innovation pipeline. The total funding to CableLabs from our membership is not affected.
- Addressing our pipeline of innovations: We are not revealing specific innovation projects. Just as product companies don’t talk about their product roadmap, we don’t talk about our innovation roadmap. With that said, the innovation effort will include looking at all of the areas that CableLabs has historically been responsible for such as high speed data, wireless, NFV/SDN, next generation video, IoT, business services, security and many others. However, it is not limited to these areas.
- The R&D projects that have been discontinued were focused on near term activities already supported by our membership, or by the vendor community. CableLabs 2.0’s innovation efforts will cover those same technical areas but look at them through an innovation lens that targets an impact three to eight years out.
CableLabs 2.0 is designed to deliver added value to our membership, the vendor community and cable subscribers. Please stay tuned to this blog channel for updates and new information on CableLabs, its areas of focus and technology innovations.