From Vision to Implementation: CableLabs Achieves Numerous 10G Platform Milestones in 2022
Tomorrow’s promise of 10G connectivity is steadily accelerating toward reality, thanks to the contributions of CableLabs and its members.
The uncompromisingly reliable, more secure and 10-times-faster network of the near future will reshape how we live, work, learn and play by delivering faster symmetrical speeds, lower latencies, enhanced reliability and enhanced network security in a scalable manner. Between new technical accomplishments and a variety of applications, various initiatives have helped propel 10G closer to real-world deployment.
To illustrate the industry’s immense 10G progress this year, CableLabs—the leading organization helping to drive 10G innovation—is highlighting the numerous advancements that have catapulted 10G from the drawing board to proof of performance.
New 10G Experiences and Applications
CableLabs Members Are Enhancing Network Speed and Reliability
From Charter demonstrating rapid downstream and upstream speeds over a hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network to Comcast successfully testing a prototype 10G modem in lab trials and announcing the introduction of symmetrical multigigabit speeds in 2023, CableLabs members made significant speed and reliability advancements on the path to unleashing 10G. Our members constantly invest money and infrastructure, further supporting the development of a 10G-capable, fiber-based network.
Applying 10G to Transform Our Lives
Demonstrated by multiple operators and supporting equipment providers at the CableLabs 10G Showcase, DOCSIS® 4.0 technology is capable of supporting 9 Gbps downstream capacity and 6 Gbps upstream capacity today. This confirmation that hybrid optical nodes support both DOCSIS 4.0 technology and EPON services allows operators the flexibility to optimize how they will deliver 10G to homes and businesses.
Earlier this year, the NCTA partnered with the Future Today Institute to explore how 10G will transform our lives. Through research and the release of white papers, the two organizations brought to light the potentially transformative impact of 10G across four key critical industries: agriculture, health care, education and entertainment.
The 10G Challenge
Developed and executed by CableLabs from inception to completion on behalf of the industry, the 10G Challenge encouraged innovators to ponder transformative solutions that leverage the speed, security, reliability and low latency of the 10G network. This first-of-its-kind technology challenge was designed to accelerate the development of applications for emerging 10G networks. Innovators across the United States and Canada developed and submitted entries outlining solutions that will shape the ways we live, work, learn and play in the future. The six winners rose to the challenge, devising life-changing technologies that highlight the incredible capability of 10G.
The 5G Challenge
As the host lab for the 5G Challenge, CableLabs contributed the standalone 5G network on the 10G lab platform, as well as its expertise with open and interoperable network technologies. The 5G Challenge was presented by the NTIA’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences in collaboration with the Department of Defense with an aim of accelerating the development and widespread deployment of open and interoperable 5G networks with true plug-and-play operation.
CableLabs’ Technological Advancement
At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022, CableLabs leveraged the critical capabilities of the 10G Lab to test several network-as-a-platform concepts, and to successfully demonstrate how to improve scalability and reliability with the power of a converged network running on virtualized infrastructure.
As broadband traffic continues to surge, cable operators must upgrade networks to expand capacity and boost efficiency. Enter convergence. This broad converged platform can support multiple network software stacks using a common management interface. The goal? Enabling operators to mix and match wireline and wireless services over the same core infrastructure. The realization of full wireline-wireless network convergence ultimately improves scalability and reliability and serves as a foundational element on the road to 10G.
Low Latency, Low Loss, Scalable Throughput (L4S) technology is a critical component of Low Latency DOCSIS. By exhibiting dramatic improvements in latency when using L4S at an interoperability event, CableLabs and its subsidiary, Kyrio—with support from Comcast, Apple and Google—demonstrated how L4S will enable the media interactivity and immersion necessary to unlock the metaverse. With L4S providing precise feedback to applications about impending congestion, the technology can help advance the speed, low latency and reliability of the multigigabit platform of the future.
Validating Point-to-Point Coherent Optics (P2PCO)
To support higher-capacity infrastructure—thereby supporting the speed, low latency and reliability necessary to deliver 10G—CableLabs’ Point-to-Point Coherent Optics (P2PCO) technology creates a network connection between two points that use coherent optical transceivers.
By using one laser for bidirectional, single-fiber transmission, P2PCO doubles the fiber’s capacity and takes existing access network fiber to the insanely fast speeds needed for 10G, meeting growing broadband consumer demand. In July, CableLabs confirmed that devices compliant with its P2PCO PHYv2.0 specification can transmit over roughly the same distance as devices compliant with the PHYv1.0 spec—and at double the operating capacity: 200 gigabits per second versus 100 Gbps per wavelength.
Standards and Specifications
This year, CableLabs and SCTE—a CableLabs subsidiary—submitted several specifications published as standards, including the Generic Access Platform (GAP) specification and standards for 1.8GHz actives to DOCSIS 4.0 technology. These standards and specs help provide operators with all the necessary technologies or tools to get to 10G.
Between convergence, L4S, P2PCO and emerging industry standards and specifications, CableLabs-driven technological advances are foundational in supporting most of the key tenets of 10G.
At CableLabs, we understand the vital need for network connectivity to power whatever our increasingly data-driven world demands next. That’s why we foster collaboration between members and technologists to move society closer to 10G speeds, lower latencies, enhanced network reliability and better security daily. For more information about CableLabs’ 2022 achievements and progress toward 10G, read the press release.
10G Challenge Winners Leverage Power of Multi-Gigabit Network
What if our loved ones could easily receive life-changing or even lifesaving medical care no matter where they live? What would be different if critical learning opportunities were broadly available to students from all communities, including urban and rural areas? Scenarios like these could certainly change how we live our lives.
In 2021, CableLabs issued a challenge to individuals and organizations to think big. On behalf of the cable industry, we launched the first-ever 10G Challenge, asking innovators to imagine technologies that the emerging 10G network will make possible. We wanted to know how their creations would leverage the four pillars of the multi-gigabit platform: faster internet speeds, better security, lower latency and improved reliability. We heard from innovators across the United States and Canada who are developing valuable solutions to some of today's biggest problems.
At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022, CableLabs recognized the six winners of the 10G Challenge and now we're thrilled to introduce the winners and their innovations here. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more about these prize-winning ideas, as well as insights directly from some of the creators.
Meet the Winners
- Grand Prize Winner: MediView leverages advanced virtual reality (VR) technology to help patients in rural areas access care from National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers without having to leave their community.
- Live Category Winner: Xennial Digital is creating the future of medical simulation training using the reliability of the 10G broadband network.
- Work Category Winner: TractorCloud develops hardware and software solutions that save farmers thousands of dollars and drive the future of tractor fleet management.
- Learn Category Winner: KC Digital Drive aims to utilize the 10G network to expand access to nursing education via digital twin classrooms.
- Play Category Winner: Dana Leung’s “Interacting Within Live-Action Video Scenes” technology hopes to enhance consumer experiences, whether shopping or watching movies, with real-time VR.
- People’s Choice Winner: T4 Movement Engineering helps patients identify the root cause of their musculoskeletal issues and improve rehabilitation in a manner that is innovative, low cost, easy to execute and scalable.
"Our winners really show what’s possible when we pull together: We do the things we say we want to do (and) we march toward that common goal that 10G really is," said Cate McNaught, referring to the collaborative power of the cable industry. McNaught is Emerging Applications Marketing Development Manager for Corning Optical Communications. Corning, along with Mayo Clinic, Zoom and Intel, helped judge the competition. Each company covered one of the four categories: Live, Work, Learn and Play.
McNaught spoke with CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney and NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell during a 10G Fireside Chat at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. They outlined key applications of the 10G network and details of the 10G Challenge before introducing the winners to the public.
Prizes to Accelerate Innovations
In total, CableLabs awarded more than $300,000 in cash prizes to the six winners of the 10G Challenge. The hope, CableLabs' McKinney said during the winners' showcase event, is that the prize money would be used to help build on the innovators' progress and bring their winning ideas to market.
"We're all about asking—and answering—What if?" McKinney said during the event, echoing comments from the opening general session of Cable-Tec Expo where he announced the newest short film in CableLabs’ Near Future series. "What if we could change the health care profile around the world? What if we could change education? What if we could change our ability to live, work, learn and play?"
What Is the 10G Network?
In short, the multi-gigabit platform is the broadband network of the future that will support whatever comes next. The imminent 10G platform will deliver internet speeds up to 10 times faster than what most consumers experience today for both upstream and downstream traffic—plus enhanced reliability and security. What's even more exciting is that the infrastructure to support these high-speed internet capabilities is already in place! And it leverages CableLabs technologies like Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM), DOCSIS 4.0 specifications, P2P Coherent Optics, Low Latency DOCSIS and many others.
Click the button below to watch videos from the winners of the 10G Challenge, and stay tuned to get to know more about how their technologies are designed to change the way we live, work, learn and play.
Registration Ends Soon: 5 Things to Know for CableLabs Member Forum
It’s hard to believe we’re less than two weeks away from catching up—in person—with CableLabs members at our inaugural Expo•nential Member Forum. This jam-packed day of interactive sessions will cover current and emerging technologies, the implications of those technologies and strategies for success. It happens Monday, September 19, in Philadelphia, just ahead of SCTE® Cable-Tec Expo 2022®.
Exploring Today, Tomorrow and Beyond—from Current Trends to Quantum Security
If you’re a CableLabs member, Expo•nential is your chance to connect with peers, colleagues and industry experts and focus on what matters most. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Hurry! September 9 is the last day to register for Expo•nential.
It’s not too late to claim your seat at Expo•nential. We’ve extended in-person and virtual registration through Friday, September 9. Register now so you don’t miss out! Please note that you must register for the CableLabs Member Forum and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo separately. Complimentary, full-access passes to Cable-Tec Expo are available for CableLabs members.
2. At Expo•nential, you’ll encounter countless industry perspectives.
Once registered for Expo•nential, you'll be in good company. Join industry thought leaders, peers and colleagues for a rich series of sessions exploring topics on the theme of the day—Today, Tomorrow and Beyond.
- Opening session with Craig Moffett: We’ll launch the day with analyst Craig Moffett of research firm MoffettNathanson. He’ll share his insights on the industry and set the scene for a day of discussion and exploration.
- Breakout sessions—Today and Tomorrow: Then, we’ll break down the market trends of the day, discuss what options are available for operators today and share updates on current technologies. Breakout sessions will continue into the afternoon with conversations about innovations that are on the near horizon. We'll also discuss how various technologies can work in unison to power the 10G network of the future.
- General session—Beyond: Finally, attendees will reconvene for a general session on the "Beyond." We'll explore the innovations of tomorrow that are already being shaped by the technologies of today.
3. Expo•nential will cover a lot of ground—all in a single day.
These Expo•nential sessions will cover everything from current trends to future needs and many technologies in between. They have been carefully crafted for members to exchange insights and connect with industry experts.
- Insights on Broadband Usage & Its Future Growth
- Comparative Network Economics & Last Mile Strategies: Technology Strategy
- DOCSIS® 4.0 Technology: Successful Network Evolution
- Passive Optical Networking: The Other 10G Technology
- The Future of Converged Networks
- The Road to 10G: Cloud Native Architectures for a Converged Tomorrow
- Fiber Access Network Technologies & Use Cases
- A Link to Tomorrow: Wi-Fi 6e/7/Home Networking
- 10G Your Way to Light Fields
- Quantum Key Distribution: The Future of Secured Networks
4. There's even more in store at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.
After Expo•nential, let’s keep the conversation going at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Back in person for the first time since 2019, Cable-Tec Expo is the industry’s largest learning and networking event. SCTE is a subsidiary of CableLabs.
View the full schedule of CableLabs demos and speakers, but here are just a few highlights for CableLabs at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo:
- Tuesday, September 20: Join Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs, and Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE, as they welcome Cable-Tec Expo attendees and introduce speakers for the opening general session.
- Wednesday, September 21: Make plans to attend the Fireside Chat with McKinney and Cate McNaught, of Corning Optical Communications. In this session, CableLabs will announce the winners of the 10G Challenge. You’ll also have a chance to meet the winning innovators and view demos of their technologies at the 10G Challenge kiosk on 10G Avenue on the showroom floor.
- Throughout Cable-Tec Expo: The CableLabs booth (#5001 on the showroom floor) will host experts from CableLabs and Kyrio for demos of their latest innovations. Kyrio is also a CableLabs subsidiary.
5. Both Expo•nential and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo are conveniently located in downtown Philadelphia.
If you’re already planning to attend one of these events, why not make the most of it? Expo•nential takes place just two blocks away from Cable-Tec Expo in downtown Philadelphia. This makes it easy for you to take advantage of all four days of networking, learning, connection and collaboration.
View all the details for Expo•nential CableLabs Member Forum and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Register now for this opportunity to collaborate with other CableLabs members, connect with industry thought leaders and much more.
We’ll see you soon in Philadelphia!
Join CableLabs at Expo•nential and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo for In-Person, Industry-Wide Connection
Thanks to the innovations of the cable broadband industry, countless businesses and individuals have benefited from virtual experiences and online collaboration over the past two-plus years. But nothing compares to the synergy that can be achieved through in-person connection. That’s why we’re counting down the days to Expo•nential, a CableLabs member forum that will take place Monday, September 19, in Philadelphia, just ahead of SCTE® Cable-Tec Expo®.
At Expo•nential, members will have the opportunity to connect with CableLabs experts, hear from thought leaders and exchange insights in a series of thoughtfully designed sessions. Topics will range from passive optical networking (PON) solutions and the road to 10G to light field experiences and quantum networking. During this full day of interactive discussions open exclusively to CableLabs members, we’ll explore various industry perspectives on “Today, Tomorrow and Beyond,” the theme of the first-time event. You can find the agenda and session details here, then stay tuned as we add speakers to the lineup! Expo•nential sessions include:
- Broadband Usage & Its Future Growth
- Network Economics & Last-Mile Strategies
- DOCSIS® Technology: Maximizing ROI
- Passive Optical Networking: The Other 10G Technology
- The Future of Converged Networks
- The Road to 10G: Cloud-Native Architectures
- Fiber Access Network Technologies & Use Cases
- Wi-Fi: A Link to Tomorrow
- Light Field & Immersive Experiences
- Quantum Network: Entanglement-as-a-Service
SCTE Cable-Tec Expo
After Expo•nential, join us at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022, the industry’s largest and most influential learning and networking event in the Americas. The event kicks off the evening of Monday, September 19, and runs through Thursday, September 22. CableLabs members have complimentary registration for a full-access pass to SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Join us for the General Session, Technical Workshops, Exhibit Hall and much, much more by registering here. The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) became a CableLabs subsidiary in 2021.
In person for the first time since 2019, SCTE Cable-Tec Expo will bring together industry experts and vendors for more than three days of connection through learning, innovation and business solutions. “Creating Infinite Possibilities” is the theme of this year’s event, which will feature dozens of sessions across 13 categories:
- Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
- Cloud & Virtualization
- Converged Networks
- DevOps & Agile
- Energy Management
- Internet of Things
- Operational Transformation
- Security & Privacy
- Software Development, Automation and Tooling
- Video Services
- Wireless Access Network
- Wireline Access Network
At Expo 2022, don’t forget to stop by our booth to meet our technologists and see demonstrations of new and emerging innovations from CableLabs and Kyrio, a subsidiary of CableLabs that focuses on network equipment testing and software services.
Also, winners from CableLabs’ first-ever 10G Challenge will have an opportunity to showcase their innovations during SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Industry expert judges Corning, Intel, Mayo Clinic and Zoom are reviewing entries now. On top of a chance to gain industry exposure at Expo 2022, winning entries will receive up to $100,000 in cash prizes.
Register for Expo•nential Today
Start making plans to attend the upcoming CableLabs’ Expo•nential member forum and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022. We always look forward to seeing our members in person, but—for those who can’t make it to Philadelphia—Expo•nential will be available virtually too.
Please register for each event separately.
10G Advances: DOCSIS 4.0 Technology Demonstrates Unmatched Speeds
In today’s world of hyper-connectivity, we depend on network performance more than ever before. Whether we’re logging on for a workday full of videoconferencing, settling in for an evening of digital entertainment or simply taking advantage of the smart devices in our homes, our need for efficient, immersive digital experiences grows every day. The 10G platform promises high speeds, low latency, increased security and enhanced reliability—all necessary in addressing the demands of our digital future.
For most consumers, 10G means internet speeds that are 10 times faster than what they currently experience. But the best part is that the infrastructure to power 10-gigabit speeds is already in place. Thanks to DOCSIS 4.0 technology, the potential of this existing infrastructure can be fully tapped to deliver never-before-seen speed.
DOCSIS 4.0 Technology
Multi-gigabit speed took center stage in CableLabs’ recent 10G Showcase. During the showcase, cable operators Charter Communications and Comcast presented DOCSIS 4.0 prototypes capable of nearing that 10-gigabit target, giving attendees a first look at history in the making and proving that real-world deployment of 10G isn’t far off.
In their demos, the companies highlighted multi-gigabit symmetric capability using Remote-PHY and Remote-MACPHY devices built to CableLabs’ specifications. First, Charter’s John Williams and Matt Peterson demonstrated multi-gigabit symmetric capability using the DOCSIS 4.0 extended spectrum mode of operation. In the demonstration, Charter used spools of cable to simulate real-world deployments. Then, Rob Howald of Comcast displayed the same symmetric capability using the full duplex mode of operation in four separate demos, two of which were managed by a production virtual cable modem termination system (CMTS) located in a Comcast office about 40 miles away, thereby demonstrating the power of virtualization and disaggregation.
For more details about the demonstrations from Charter and Comcast, including how they were configured, watch the video below.
Win Up to $100,000 with the 10G Challenge
Apply for a chance to win up to $100,000 and an opportunity to showcase your idea at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in September. It’s easy! The deadline to submit an application is July 1, 2022. CableLabs is looking for innovators whose next big idea will require a fast, secure network and change the way we live, work, learn or play. If this sounds like you or someone you know, be sure to look into the 10G Challenge today. Check out the 10G Challenge page for more details, and help us spread the word about the competition!
Help an Innovator Win $100,000 and a Showcase at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo
We want to hear from forward-thinking entrepreneurs, accelerators and makers whose big idea will revolutionize the way we live, work, learn or play—the four categories of the 10G Challenge. This could include anyone from large companies and startups to university students, professors and classes to anyone who is working on the next big thing in their garage. We’re all ears!
CableLabs members aren’t eligible to participate, but we want them to encourage any potential contestants they know to submit their ideas.
How to Enter
Entering the 10G Challenge is easy. Innovators simply fill out the application and share a 3-minute video describing or demonstrating the technology, service or application that they’re developing or plan to develop. In the video, applicants should share their vision, including:
- the problem their technology solves;
- a description or demonstration of their solution;
- why their technology is dependent on the reliability, security, speed and/or low latency that 10G promises; and
- how their solution impacts the way we live, work, learn or play.
Even if an idea is still in the concept stage, it will be considered as long as every question on the submission form is answered and a video describing the technology is included. The deadline to submit is July 1, 2022.
Six winners will be chosen: One winner for each category, a Grand Prize Winner and a People’s Choice Winner. Each category winner will receive a cash prize of $50,000, with the People’s Choice Winner receiving $10,000 and the Grand Prize Winner taking home $100,000. In addition, the Grand Prize Winner and four category winners will have the opportunity to present their technology to industry leaders at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, taking place September 19–22, 2022, in Philadelphia.
Spread the Word about the 10G Challenge
If you’re a CableLabs member and you know an innovator who needs a fast, secure network to move their idea forward, tell them about the 10G Challenge! You’ll give them a chance to win $100,000 and an opportunity for invaluable industry exposure. And by helping drive innovation, you’ll be giving the broadband industry a boost, too. It’s easy!
Powered by CableLabs in collaboration with industry expert judges Mayo Clinic, Corning, Zoom and Intel, the 10G Challenge aims to inspire innovators to leverage the emerging 10G network to develop the life-changing technologies and services that will affect our world for the better. With increased speeds, lower latency and enhanced security, 10G has the power and capabilities to make the technologies of the future possible.
Judging for the competition begins in July, so share this post today using the buttons above or by pointing innovators you know to the 10G Challenge.
Mobility & Wireless in a Converged World: Envision Vendor Forum 2022
This year’s CableLabs 2022 Envision Vendor Forum aligns with one of our industry’s biggest goals for the near future: mobile + fixed convergence. Specifically, we’ll focus on the wireless, mobile and converged aspects of network infrastructure that will allow us to build truly seamless and ubiquitous platforms to power next-generation products and services. This short and highly consumable virtual event will occur April 19–20 and is absolutely free. Be sure to register today and become a part of the convergence conversation.
What’s On the Agenda?
Ever since the term “convergence” started popping up in technology circles, CableLabs has been focused on facilitating meaningful and productive discussions about how to make this goal a reality. Considering that there are so many approaches to convergence, the insight of our industry’s vendors and wireless specialists is instrumental to forging a path forward. This year at Envision, we’re planning to exchange ideas and share progress through a combination of panel discussions and presentations by key industry thought leaders who are working on next-generation 5G/Open Radio Access Network (ORAN), 10G, Wi-Fi 6, 3GPP and other wireless and mobility infrastructure products. We’ll also discuss future initiatives and challenges, as well as technology policies, security considerations and emerging operating models.
We’re also sticking to last year’s flexible virtual format, which removes many logistical barriers and allows all registered participants to pose questions directly to subject matter experts. Our main objective is to help you and other CableLabs members and subsidiaries get up to speed on the latest developments in the wireless area of the convergence initiative and align your business goals with the larger picture.
This event is best suited for decision-makers—including executives, senior technologists and strategists on both the cable operator and the vendor side—who are leading the development and implementation of next-generation wireless services in their respective areas.
CableLabs 2022 Envision Vendor Forum is closed to outside press, media and analysts.
When: April 19–20, 2022, 9:00–11:30 a.m. MDT on both days.
How much: FREE. Each person must register separately with their company email by April 17, 2022.
The Cable Center Hall of Fame Honors CableLabs’ Chris Lammers
We’re thrilled to announce that Chris Lammers, CableLabs’ COO Emeritus and Senior Executive Advisor, has been inducted into The Cable Center Hall of Fame for his life-long professional efforts and indelible impact on the cable and broadband industry. This induction is one of the industry’s highest and most exclusive honors, reserved only for the most innovative and influential leaders.
Chris’s mission and vision extends beyond the goals of any one company. A lawyer by trade, he made his debut in the cable arena in the 1980s when he was hired to lead the merger and acquisitions effort at Western Communications, a mid-tier operator (MTO). After holding a series of executive positions at Western, he ultimately served as the company’s CEO for three years before joining CableLabs in 1997. In a number of roles, Chris contributed to the successful rollout of critical technology, which brought high-speed cable internet to millions around the world.
Chris’s experience at Western shaped his holistic vision for creating a truly inclusive global cable community that addresses the unique needs of its smaller members. Chris understood early on that small and mid-sized operators are often more open to trying new ideas and technologies that drive the industry forward. CableLabs offered him a platform for launching numerous initiatives geared toward increased innovation in the MTO space, resulting in the launch of many cutting-edge services that cable customers enjoy today. He has also been instrumental in growing CableLabs’ international membership from 19 to 65 members in 35 countries, making sure that every member has access to the latest developments and technical support. His unwavering moral compass and sense of fairness has helped him build strong professional relationships and teamwork among diverse members and employees, positively contributing to the inclusive culture and image of CableLabs and its community.
Chris is also a great champion of next-generation talent development. To promote interest in the industry, he has taken an active role in the Emma Bowen Foundation’s efforts to unite students with industry professionals, and he has also been involved in the Chinese Executive Media Management Program (CEMMP) to train mid-level managers from Chinese media companies in the United States. Outside his professional endeavors, Chris has led corporate sponsorship efforts for Community Food Share, United Way and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, and he recently became professionally involved with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. These accomplishments are only a snippet of Chris’s contributions to the cable industry and beyond.
We’re incredibly proud to have Chris Lammers as part of our team at CableLabs and deeply appreciate all that he has done for the cable industry over the course of his accomplished career. Congratulations, Chris!
Join CableLabs Experts at Light Reading’s Annual Cable Next-Gen Conference
The 15th annual Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference is kicking off today, and we are excited to connect with our colleagues throughout the cable industry to discuss opportunities and challenges in a post-pandemic era.
We believe it is important that stakeholders throughout the cable industry hear about the latest and greatest trends and developments in cable, broadband, wireless and related technologies so that they can be leveraged to keep ahead of the curve.
The free two-day online event is where industry experts will gather to discuss technologies and platforms shaping the cable space, examining how operators can adapt to the rapidly changing market while maintaining the seamless delivery of existing services that customers have come to demand.
This year’s conference will cover a myriad of timely topics, including the following:
- DOCSIS 4.0
- Distributed Access Architecture (DAA)
- Next-gen PON
- Network virtualization
- Fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) builds
- Mobile spectrum
- Wi-Fi 6
- Smart homes
- Power grids
- Edge computing
- Consumer tech trends
The incredible roster of invited speakers includes leaders and technical experts from Comcast, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, SCTE, the Consumer Technology Association and many others. More so, six speakers from CableLabs will join the conversation to discuss the role that broadband technology is currently playing and will continue to play in the future. Let’s take a look at what attendees can expect to hear from CableLabs at Cable Next-Gen 2022.
Prepping for DOCSIS 4.0 — Tuesday, March 15 1:15–2:30 p.m.
During this panel discussion, panelists — including Doug Jones, principal architect at CableLabs — will dive deep into how cable operators and vendors are preparing for the future. DOCSIS 4.0 technology provides optionality for boosting bandwidth capacity and delivering multi-gig speeds. This session will delve into where the industry stands with prep, including lab and field trials, equipment development and spectrum upgrades.
Wising Up with Wi-Fi 6 — Tuesday, March 15 1:15–2:30 p.m.
This panel discussion will see John Bahr, principal architect, wireless R&D at CableLabs, join industry experts from Altice USA, Incognito, Plume and Schurz Broadband Group to explore how cable operators can play a bigger role in managing today's smart homes. Connected smart home products are surging in growth, which means consumer demand for more bandwidth is exploding and the congestion of the home Wi-Fi network is mounting. This session will tackle how operators can leverage their in-home networks to create and support promising new smart home services and boost their average revenue per user by deploying Wi-Fi 6, AI, cloud and other new technologies and tools.
Enabling Mobile for Cable Operators — Tuesday, March 15 2:45–3:00 p.m.
What will be required for the cable industry to thrive in the mobile ecosystem? We believe it is a number of things such as access to spectrum, network architectures that leverage existing HFC infrastructure and common frameworks for convergence. Join David Debrecht, vice president of wireless technologies at CableLabs, as he touches on these aspects; and don’t miss hearing more during the panel discussion “Finding Cable’s Mobile Mojo.”
Delivering the DAA Difference — Tuesday, March 15 3:00–3:45 p.m.
With the cable industry increasingly adopting distributed access architecture (DAA) technology to move key functions and equipment from the cable headend to the HFC access network, a question has arisen: How much difference is the new technology making? This panel — which includes Jon Schnoor, lead engineer, wired technologies at CableLabs — will look at cable's growing DAA deployments and the lessons learned in the field thus far. Are Remote PHY and Remote MAC/PHY enabling more advanced services and more efficient operations? Has CableLabs' Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA) specification leveled the playing field between the two main DAA variants? This discussion will highlight best practices for getting the most out of DAA, DOCSIS technology and the rest.
Finding Cable's Mobile Mojo — Tuesday, March 15 3:00–3:45 p.m.
As a key part of their product bundles, cable operators are increasingly embracing mobile service. With the Federal Communications Commission recently auctioning Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), C-band and mid-band spectrum licenses for 5G services, operators are curious how to use their new wireless holdings to expand their reach, converge their networks and deliver new services like fixed-wireless access. This panel discussion, which includes David Debrecht, will assess the opportunities and challenges that 5G and wireless/wireline convergence present the cable sector — and how they factor into the industry's mobile and broadband plans.
Good Optics: Pumping PON's Power — Wednesday, March 16 11:55 a.m.–12:40 p.m.
What role will PON play in cable’s future? PON's role is now growing well beyond FTTH, but DOCSIS will not disappear any time soon. With operators steadily putting more fiber in their HFC plant, PON’s support for enterprises, xHaul transport and smart cities makes the network system a solid alternative transmission method for the cable industry. Featuring Curtis Knittle, CableLabs’ director of optical technologies, this panel discussion will evaluate PON’s role in the future of cable, how cable companies should evaluate PON’s next-gen capabilities, the operational advantages of PON versus coaxial cable and much more.
Making Access More Coherent — Wednesday, March 16 2:15–2:30 p.m.
Optical technologies have come a long way in the past 20+ years, allowing service providers to offer ultra-high capacities suitable for meeting current subscriber demands. Are we nearing a leveling-off point, or will capacities continue to increase? How will the access network evolve over the next 20 years? Join Dr. Curtis Knittle, vice president of wired technologies at CableLabs, to hear more about the future of optical access.
Getting Edgy with Edge Computing — Wednesday, March 16 2:45–3:30 p.m.
Edge computing is one of the technology industry’s hottest buzzwords. Today, companies of all shapes and sizes are trying to bring powerful internet functionality as close to users at the edge of their service networks as possible. Consequently, cable operators and tech vendors are now exploring the potential value edge computing can deliver as they aim to develop and deliver next-generation, low-latency connectivity services. Randy Levensalor, principal architect at CableLabs, will join this panel discussion to discuss where the cable space stands in the pursuit of edge computing, the challenges that still need to be overcome and the industry’s emerging edge compute plans.
To better understand these key topics and how cable will succeed in the post-pandemic world, join us online for the annual Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference. Preregister for Cable Next-Gen, we’ll see you there!
The 10G Challenge: How Zoom Leverages Technology to Improve Education
Designed to encourage innovation around the network of the future, the 10G Challenge aims to solve real-world problems and showcase the individuals and organizations developing the technologies, services and applications that will rely on 10G to impact the way we live, work, learn and play.
With the 10G Challenge kicking off, CableLabs is excited to introduce another one of the industry experts we’ve tapped to help raise awareness about the contest. From growing a customer base to reaching new markets, strategic collaboration empowers all parties involved in the evolution of a business. That’s why we’ve selected Zoom as the industry expert that will help judge submissions that will impact the way we learn in the future.
The “Learn” Category, Powered by Zoom
Judged by experts from Zoom, a video communications company best known for its Zoom Meetings, the 10G Challenge’s Learn category explores where the classrooms of the future are headed.
We believe that learning will be amplified through virtual reality (VR) worlds, light field holodecks and omnipresent artificial intelligence (AI) assistance in the classrooms of tomorrow. With the right network capacity and visionary thinking, who knows what other technologies will transform the world of education? By conceiving how a powerful new broadband network can help solve real-world problems related to how the world learns, participating innovators are truly helping invent a better future.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on student learning and well-being. When schools closed in March 2020 to quell the spread of the virus, the need for effective learning environments didn’t disappear. Consequently, the use of virtual learning models escalated to help ensure that students wouldn’t fall behind. Zoom already has a history of bringing together students, faculty and staff for learning, collaboration and administration, and its communications platform supports remote and hybrid learning environments for primary and secondary schools and institutes of higher education.
Whether delivering online and hybrid learning or better engaging students through impactful virtual experiences, Zoom is helping expand access to education. With a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning tools, Zoom is improving learning experiences and enhancing student engagement by enabling students to learn from anywhere and connect with other students outside of a traditional classroom. By increasing student participation and learning retention in virtual and hybrid classrooms, Zoom helps improve learning outcomes and expands traditional classrooms to meet the growing needs of today’s students.
Finally, Zoom provides flexible work environments, ultimately ensuring continuity of academic services and communications across entire education enterprises. By utilizing resources and hardware you already have to expand your capabilities and community offerings, Zoom supports educators with maximizing their resources to enrich both teaching and learning.
By participating in the 10G Challenge, Zoom will have an up-close, firsthand look at how innovators are advancing life-changing technologies and supporting fellow trailblazers. And Zoom will see how the development of tomorrow’s solutions will leverage a new, powerful broadband network that’s poised to impact the world—no matter where education takes place.
Together, CableLabs and Zoom are thrilled to power the next era of broadband innovation. For more information about the 10G Challenge, or to submit your idea, please visit 10Gchallenge.com.