Say “Hoi” to VodafoneZiggo, Our Newest CableLabs Member
We are very happy to announce that VodafoneZiggo just became the 62nd member of our global CableLabs family. VodafoneZiggo is a Dutch joint venture formed from the union of two very well-known brands:
- Ziggo, the #1 cable network and entertainment provider in the Netherlands owned by Liberty Global, the largest international TV and broadband internet company; and
- Vodafone Netherlands, the #2 mobile operator in the Netherlands owned by Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies.
VodafoneZiggo provides 9.7 million fixed line services to its customers with nearly 4 million video, over 3 million broadband and 2.5 million telephone services, and provides mobile services to nearly 5 million customers. The joint venture now provides converged video, broadband and mobile services to over 1 million households just 18 months after launching its quad-play offering.
Why VodafoneZiggo Is a Perfect Fit for the CableLabs Family
VodafoneZiggo’s focus is an echo of our own future vision for the global cable industry – connected networks. By joining forces, VodafoneZiggo’s parent companies embarked on a path toward a seamless and reliable connectivity between networks, devices, and most importantly, people. Beginning in 2020, VodafoneZiggo will begin providing a 'network of the future' with converged mobile and fixed connections.
Liberty Global announced its next-generation TV entertainment platform, ‘Horizon 4’, in 2018 featuring a superfast set-top box with 4K Ultra HD picture quality and a remote control with voice capabilities. VodafoneZiggo is currently testing 'Horizon 4' and is working towards a commercial launch in the first half of 2019. DOCSIS 3.1 technology, the CableLabs innovation enabling multiple gigabit per second broadband speed, has been successfully piloted in the Utrecht region of the Netherlands enabling VodafoneZiggo to proceed with a nationwide 1 Gigabit network rollout by 2020.
As a next step in the realization of its network of the future, VodafoneZiggo has increased the bandwidth of a part of its mobile network and, as a result, download speeds of more than 1 Gbps are now possible. Mobile devices supporting these download speeds are expected to be broadly available in 2019. The joint venture is also carrying out 5G tests, working on innovative IoT solutions to make cities safer and more sustainable.
Benefits of CableLabs Membership
We believe that CableLabs’ international reach will help companies like VodafoneZiggo and many others achieve the technological alignment and global scale needed to ramp up the pace of innovation and drive down costs. A CableLabs membership gives them a direct link to the rest of the industry through which they can share experiences and collaborate to better serve their customers.
Other membership benefits include:
- Exclusive access to our quarterly R&D reports, competitive assessments of innovation focus areas and more.
- An invite to our annual Summer Conference and other member-only global events, plus other industry conferences, such as CES.
- A behind-the-curtain look at the latest innovative research not yet available to the general public.
- An opportunity to participate in Working Groups that drive industry standards in fiber, security, mobile, virtual networking and other innovative fields.
If you’d like to learn more about CableLabs member benefits and how to apply, please click the link below.
CableLabs Welcomes Two New Members: Liberty Latin America and Packerland Broadband
Liberty Latin America
Continuing our commitment to the international cable community, we welcome Liberty Latin America (LLA) to CableLabs. LLA split off from Liberty Global, also a member of CableLabs, in January 2018 and launched as an independent, publicly-traded company. LLA is the leading telecommunications company in Latin America serving 20 consumer markets and over 30 B2B markets with operations in Chile, Panama, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and beyond. As of June 30, 2018, LLA has 5.3 million RGUs (video, broadband and fixed-line telephony subscribers), together with 3.5 million mobile subscribers.
LLA operates a network of over 50,000 kilometers of sub-sea and terrestrial fiber that connects over 40 markets in the region, providing connectivity both within and outside its operating footprint. LLA is led by Balan Nair, President and CEO, an experienced and proven business executive with more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry. He has been a part of the Liberty family of companies since 2007, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Liberty Global.
From the heartland of America, we welcome Packerland Broadband, a division of CCI Systems which is 100% employee-owned. Established in 2007, Packerland provides video, broadband and voice services to 9,000 customers in 60 communities throughout northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Packerland uses a variety of access technologies to deliver residential services, including traditional HFC, FTTH, fixed wireless and satellite resale. As of June 2018, Packerland Broadband offered its UltraConnect gigabit service to 40 of the 60 communities it serves – bringing the fastest broadband to rural America.
In February of this year, Packerland Broadband and Microsoft announced an agreement to provide broadband internet access to approximately 82,000 people living in rural regions of Michigan and Wisconsin over the next four years using a combination of fixed and wireless technologies, including innovative applications of TV white spaces, LTE, 5 GHz and millimeter wave technologies. Packerland is launching, in conjunction with Microsoft, digital literacy training programs to help educate its customers on how to embrace and safely use the Internet, especially the elderly.
Why CableLabs Membership?
Membership allows LLA and Packerland to both contribute and profit from our global community. With our international reach, we focus on achieving several objectives:
- Alignment: Assure alignment with CableLabs technologies across the global cable community.
- Adoption: Achieve global scale, and therefore low-cost solutions, through the adoption of common technologies by cable operators worldwide.
- Collaboration: Collaborate with global partners to share experiences, exchange best practices, and advance innovation throughout the cable industry.
For over 30 years, we’ve worked with some of the biggest players in the cable industry to research and develop cutting-edge technologies across 5 continents. We bring together the best and brightest minds in the industry, allowing our members to shape innovation roadmaps and develop boundary-stretching products and services to better serve their customers and their changing needs.
By becoming a CableLabs member, you will get the support you need to innovate, develop and test next-generation products that will shape the future. You get exclusive access to our quarterly R&D reports, competitive assessments of innovation focus areas, such as AI, deep network technologies, gigabit technologies, security, and more. Attendance at our member-only global events, like our Summer Conference 2018, provides access to world-class thinkers and creators in our industry, its vendor communities, and complementary industries.
We look forward to bringing on more global members to foster innovation worldwide. This benefits our cable operator members as well as our product suppliers and component manufacturers. As a sharing community, all our members grow and profit from each other’s market experiences. You can find more information about CableLabs membership benefits, including how to become a member by clicking below.
INFORM[ED] Europe 2018: Be a Part of Shaping the Future
With the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, driven by consumer demand for connected experiences across converged networks, one thing is abundantly clear—it’s on cable to provide the integrated wired and wireless platforms of the future. On May 3-4, cable’s top executives will gather together in London to discuss emerging technologies and the evolution of hyper-converged networks that will become the backbone of these technologies over the course of the next eight years. Inform[ED] Europe 2018 is a not just about what’s “next”— it’s about the “next-next” and how we can plan for these innovations today.
Why You Should Be There
This members-only event will be a deep dive into future technologies that will transform the way we live and work. You’ll get a read on where the industry is headed, share insights and collaborate with top leaders and innovators from the European and US cable communities. By joining us, you can be a part of shaping the future.
What You’ll Learn
In two days, we plan to cover a wide range of topics from next-generation DOCSIS and fiber technologies, to network and platform differentiation achieved through reliability, to 5G and mobile growth opportunities, to operational excellence. We’ll examine the latest trends and how we can meet increasing consumer expectations for personalized, “uber-smart” experiences everywhere they go.
- We will start off by hearing from cable’s decision-makers. We’ve invited Vodafone Germany’s Manuel Cubero and Liberty Global’s Mike Fries – both members of our Board of Directors – to join our own Phil McKinney in a “fireside chat.” They will present their vision for the future and how they plan on exceeding customer expectations in the years to come.
- We'll have a session sharing CableLabs’ innovation roadmap for the next 8 years. You’ll learn more about the new technologies we’re working on and get a greater understanding of the technology opportunities and interdependencies that drive our timeline.
- You can explore emerging technology: access networks, 5G and more. In a world where cars are a step away from becoming smartphones on wheels and smart cities are within reach, consumer demand for new technology capabilities and more data-rich experiences is increasing. We will focus on how Cable can meet that need by driving innovation in networking, mobile and beyond.
- You'll see what others are working on through our Innovation Showcase – European style. Over the years we’ve identified, presented and collaborated with many forward-thinking tech companies with innovations that can make a difference for our business and our customers. You will get a unique opportunity to learn how 6 young companies are ahead of the game and how their hard work is impacting the industry.
- You'll hear Zanny Minton Beddows, Editor-in-Chief for The Economist and named one of the “Most Powerful Women in the World” by Forbes – and global economics expert – speak on the nexus between policy, economics and technology.
- Members of our C-suites will provide a diversity of opinions on future technologies that will transform the world we live in and the competitive positioning of our networks across two sessions – one with CxOs, a second with CTOs.
Get more details on the Inform[ED] Europe 2018 agenda and register here. We hope to see you in London!
CableLabs Asia Summit – Impact with a Difference
On December 6-7, CableLabs hosted its first CableLabs Asia Summit and, by all accounts, it was a genuine success. We invited cable’s top leaders from across Asia – including our members in Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan – to come together in Shanghai to gain insight, collaborate and learn about the innovation impacting our networks.
CableLabs, together with nine of our members in Asia and key technology leaders from Comcast in the US and Liberty Global in Europe and Latin America, spent two days of complete immersion developing a greater understanding of the unique business, operations and competitive dynamics of the cable operators in Asia, exploring technologies advancing the competitive positioning of operators today, and the innovative technologies that will assure cable’s competitive positioning in the future. Three additional cable operators from China participated in the first day of the summit by way of exploring membership with CableLabs.
All in, 61 individuals across 14 MSOs, CableLabs, and other participants contributed to a highly interactive event. With NPS scores of 75 and 88 across the two days of the summit, value was very much delivered, success defined not only through the content provided by CableLabs, but equally so by way of presentations from across several of our members.
- How innovation is done at CableLabs – and how we are bringing the technologies of the future to reality
- LPWAN IoT opportunities through CableLabs open source LoRa server solution
- Wired and wireless proactive network maintenance
- Machine learning and AI with applications for full band capture for proactive network maintenance, multicast channels for predictive video lineups, cable modem and set-top box patterns to monitor network health
- DOCSIS roadmap – including Full Duplex DOCSIS technology by which cable’s HFC networks can deliver up to 10 Gbps symmetrical speeds
- Coherent optics enabling substantially greater capacity over the same fiber
- 5G and wireless technologies enabling converged networks
Topics presented by our members:
- Comcast provided an overview of its network strategy
- Liberty Global outlined their customer premise equipment (CPE) strategy
- Presentations from our Asian members provided an overview of some of the advanced technologies implemented in their respective regions, including facilitating intelligent communities from Wasu Digital Media, OTT and Android STB solutions implemented by Taiwan Broadband Communications, functional requirements for development of the C-DOCSIS 2.0 specification in China led by Gcable, led by Gcable, and broadcasting video content to connected devices by Henan Cable
- CTO roundtable with senior technical leadership from Beijing Gehua, Chongqing Cable Network, J:COM from Japan and Shenzhen Topway exchanged insights to technical, strategic and competitive challenges confronting their businesses.
Projecting our support internationally by way of regional events is a critical part of our strategy at CableLabs. Through summits and conferences delivered in the regions we represent around the world, we are able to:
- More effectively support member engagement through exchanges and interaction between CableLabs and our members
- Develop critical insights and gain a deeper appreciation of issues that are driving our members in each region
- Assure that the technologies CableLabs is developing are universally applicable across all members
- Create and develop collaboration and community between and across members
- Foster ideas and strategies that feed an innovation engine by way of developing innovative technologies that can be applied across our members
Are you a European member – or a member elsewhere across the regions we serve – interested in collaborating with and learning from your fellow European members? Register now and join cable’s top executives across Europe to gain insight and learn more about future innovative technologies at Inform[ED] Europe May 3-4 in London.
CableLabs Extends its Global Reach with the Addition of Four New Member Companies
In its continued commitment to the international cable community, CableLabs welcomes four new companies to its membership: GCable and Henan Cable (both situated in China), together with Nowo (Portugal) and Stofa (Denmark).
Guangdong Cable Network (aka Gcable)
Gcable serves Guangdong Province located in southeast China. Guangdong Province is one of the most highly industrialized provinces in China, with major technology centers in Guangzhou (served by Gcable) and Shenzhen (served by Topway, a CableLabs member). Gcable, which is the largest MSO in Guangdong Province, serves 13 million television subscribers and 1.7 million broadband subscribers.
Henan Cable serves Henan Province. The company is 49% owned by CITIC Limited, China’s largest conglomerate with diverse global businesses focused on financial services, resources and energy, manufacturing, engineering contracting, real estate and telecommunications. CITIC Limited also has similar ownership interests in two other CableLabs members – Chongqing Cable Networks (originally located in Sichuan Province) and JSCN (located in Jiangsu Province). Henan Cable serves 11 million television subscribers and 400 thousand broadband subscribers.
Nowo provides cable service in Portugal to 172 thousand television subscribers and 144 thousand broadband subscribers. Nowo is the second largest cable operator in Portugal. Nowo launched in September 2016. with a strategy focused on a disruptive “build your own bundle” which includes mobile voice and data together with fixed line video, broadband and voice services.
Stofa is a Danish cable company affiliated with SE Group, a customer-owned, energy and telecommunications group. Stofa, began in 1959 serving antenna, housing and land associations across Denmark, and now provides fixed and mobile services to 344 thousand television subscribers, 323 thousand broadband subscribers, 84 thousand digital voice subscribers and 10 thousand mobile subscribers. Stofa is the second largest cable operator in Denmark.
These four members join 55 other cable operators from 5 continents bringing CableLabs’ total membership to 59 – representing over 180 million video subscribers worldwide.
In its global reach, CableLabs is focused on achieving several objectives:
- Alignment: Assure alignment with CableLabs technologies across the global cable community.
- Adoption: Achieve global scale – and therefore low-cost solutions – through the adoption of common technologies by cable operators worldwide.
- Collaboration: Collaborate with global partners to share experiences, exchange best practices and advance innovation throughout the cable industry.
We look forward to bringing on more members in the future to foster innovation worldwide. You can find more information about CableLabs’ global strategy here. Please contact us to discover the value of membership in CableLabs.
CableLabs in Hong Kong: Insights from APOStech 2017
CableLabs participated in the 2nd Annual APOStech conference in Hong Kong July 4-6, 2017 and it was a huge success!
APOStech is designed to unite executives and key stakeholders from the video and broadband industries across the Asia Pacific region to discuss technology innovation and trends that are defining the future of the connected consumer. Over 180 participants from 88 companies around the globe were in attendance, giving CableLabs the opportunity to speak with current members and establish new relationships with other cable operators in the region.
Aravind Venugopal, Vice President with Media Partners Asia (MPA), set the backdrop for the conference by providing an overview of the explosive growth of broadband, pay tv and mobile services in Asia. MPA just released projections anticipating 30 million new broadband homes in Asia over the five year period from 2017-2022 (excluding China). Nearly half of this growth (45%) will occur in India. Pay tv subscribers will increase nearly 30 million, from 244 million to 271 million over this same period (again, excluding China). SVOD subscribers will jump from 54 million to 108 million over the course of the 2017-2022 period.
Among the highly informative learnings from APOStech:
- Only 1 in 10 homes in the Philippines have broadband with an average download speed of 4 Mbps – with the growth of over 2 million additional broadband homes forecast by 2020.
- 100 million of the 275 million homes in India do not have a television. Broadband represents an opportunity for these – and all other – homes. In the Indian economy, prepaid services are dominant, including for broadband and pay tv. Service providers need to think in terms of monthly, weekly and even daily prepaid services. National MSOs have 12% of the broadband market – with the incumbent telecom provider (BSNL/MTNL) reaching 66% of the broadband market.
- In Korea, 58% of pay tv subscribers prefer cable television, this in a country with intense video competition from three national telecom networks (LG, KT and SK Broadband).
- 4K content is expanding across Asia – particularly in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore.
I delivered an overview of Gigabit Broadband Competition in the U.S. – the technologies innovated by CableLabs and its members by which cable operators are now delivering gigabit speeds globally (Click here to see my slide show presentation). I focused on the impact of collaboration across the global cable community in advancing broadband technologies at scale and the competitive leadership this strategy provides to cable operators and their customers by way of enhancing the user experience in the home and workplace.
Jeff Chen, CableLabs SVP of Global Technology, and I hosted an invitation-only event for cable operators attending the APOStech conference. Representatives from 9 MSOs participated – allowing for an in-depth overview of CableLabs and the opportunities provided for its members. Five MSOs across four countries (China, India, Korea and the Philippines) expressed substantial interest in progressing relationships with and learning more about CableLabs, extending invitations for 1:1 meetings with company executives.
We met with four of our members at the conference:
- PT Link Net (Indonesia)
- Shenzhen Topway (China)
- StarHub (Singapore)
- Taiwan Broadband Communications (Taiwan).
We were introduced to senior representatives from seven additional MSOs:
- CJ Hellovision and D’Live (Korea)
- In Broadband and Network18/Reliance (India)
- Guangzhou Digital Media (China)
- Hong Kong Broadband (Hong Kong)
- Kabankalan CATV and the Philippine Cable TV Association (Philippines)
CableLabs’ continued expansion in Asia advances its strategy of world-wide collaboration on technology and innovation for the benefit of the global cable community and the customers they serve. From one member in Asia five years ago, CableLabs has grown to 12 members across Asia and Australia, including: Beijing Gehua CATV Network, Chongqing Cable Networks, Guangdong Cable Network, Henan Cable Network, J:COM, Jiangsu Broadcasting Cable Information Network, nbn, PT Link Net, Shenzhen Topway Video Communication, StarHub, Taiwan Broadband Communications and WASU Digital TV Media Group.
Coincidence or not, CableLabs gained its 60th member on Monday, July 10 following APOStech, Henan Cable, serving Henan Province in China with 4 million video subscribers and 400,000 broadband subscribers.
CableLabs is committed to expanding membership and support across Asia and beyond. With 60 members in 35 countries in Asia, Australia, Latin America, North America and Europe, CableLabs provides the opportunity for operators to collaborate with innovators worldwide. Please contact us to discover the value membership in CableLabs.
CableLabs Goes Down Under
In a bit of alright, CableLabs recently welcomed Australia’s National Broadband Network (nbn) – as our 56th member — and our first in Australia. CableLabs now has members across five continents — adding Australia to Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
Established by the Australian government in 2009 to design, build and operate Australia's new broadband network, nbn is unique among CableLabs members as a Layer 2 network which wholesales access to Retail Service Providers (RSPs). With the nbn network currently passing 4.6 million premises, approximately 50 RSPs are providing service to 2 million end user customers. nbn plans to extend its network to 12 million premises by 2020 – and will serve 8 million end user customers through its RSPs.
nbn is unique in another fundamental way. It is comprised of several heterogeneous network technologies, including fixed networks employing HFC, DSL and fiber (FTTx), together with wireless networks (fixed and satellite). Through a strategy titled “Multi Technology Mix,” nbn is a “network of networks” which integrates and optimizes these technologies to maximize speed of rollout, optimize economic return and enhance flexibility. This flexibility is at the heart of nbn’s strategy to provide access to fast broadband to all Australians as soon as possible.
By the end of 2018, nbn will deploy DOCSIS 3.1 in its HFC network, joining a growing number of CableLabs’ members across Canada, Europe and the U.S. who are deploying DOCSIS 3.1 multi-gigabit technology. These deployments will help deliver new customer experiences that are faster and more efficient. Examples of the improved experience include:
- 10Gbps downstream and up to 1Gbps upstream network capacity
- Improved responsiveness for applications such as online gaming and video streaming
- Ability to transmit up to 50 percent more data over the same spectrum, on existing HFC networks
- Increased cable modem energy efficiency through advanced energy management protocols
For more information about nbn, please visit http://www.nbnco.com.au/corporate-information/about-nbn-co.html.
Implementing CableLabs Global Strategy
Recently CableLabs held a signing ceremony in its Louisville, Colorado headquarters for Chongqing Cable Networks Co., Ltd. (CCN) its 55th cable operator member. CCN, located in southwest China, is one of China’s leading cable operators providing service to over five million digital subscribers, including HDTV, interactive video and broadband Internet services. China represents a significant and growing market for the adoption of CableLabs technologies, including DOCSIS®, advanced network architectures, wireless, virtualization and others, in a market with nearly 250 million video subscribers and 15 million broadband subscribers.
CCN’s CableLabs membership is the latest step in CableLabs ongoing effort to provide value to the cable industry on a global basis. Over the past two years, we have added new members across Europe, Latin America, and Asia, increasing total membership today to 55 members representing over 150 million video subscribers. This continued expansion is an important evolution for CableLabs and the cable industry. It provides CableLabs the scale to globally collaborate on technology standards and strategies, as well as to accelerate the development of truly innovative technologies that can be brought to market faster and more cost effectively on a global scale.
Our global expansion also benefits the entire value chain, from cable operators, product suppliers, component manufacturers — all the way to subscribers who are able to experience improved services in their homes and businesses.
Another key benefit is the opportunity for members to learn from each other.
We can point to many examples of innovation and success from our global members over the past two years:
- The accelerating international roll-out of gigabit services over the DOCSIS 3.1 platform.
- The incorporation of specifications for the Chinese market (known as C-DOCSIS) into the DOCSIS 3.1 platform, making the DOCSIS specifications a unified standard for all markets.
- The deployment of low cost DOCSIS CMTS solutions for high-density residential markets in China.
- An accelerated roll out of Community Wi-Fi by members in the U.S. and Europe.
- The deployment of 4K/UHD VoD services.
- Cable/mobile wireless integration in Europe and Canada.
A full list of our members can be accessed here.
We look forward to continued expansion in the PRC, bringing onboard additional Chinese cable operators, as well as in Korea, India, Thailand, Australia, and Latin America.
We have expanded support in Europe for CableLabs members, and implemented a CableLabs European Certification Board and testing program. We have also developed an international certification program to allow certification results in one region to be submitted for consideration in another.
Moving forward, we plan to increase support in Asia with the addition of resources located in this region, as well as increase our collaboration with regional cable laboratories: JLabs (Japan) and Klabs (Korea).
At the heart of all our efforts at CableLabs is our desire to foster innovation across a global industry. In many areas, including advanced network architecture, SDNs & NFV, wireless (including Wi-Fi), UHDTV and security, CableLabs is playing a strategic and a visionary role for the industry as whole.