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!
CableLabs’ Subsidiary Kyrio and SCTE•ISBE Combine Expertise
This week Kyrio staff attended SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Cable-Tec Expo is an important event for our industry, bringing together a diverse group of technical and operational staff, technology creators, and suppliers of technologies created for use in the field—all at one industry event. It’s a way that we “connect the dots” for the broadband, wireless and security technologies Kyrio works with every day.
The testing we perform in our labs is one of the most valuable and insightful functions Kyrio provides to device manufacturers and service providers. We go to great lengths to understand how wireless and broadband technologies will perform in customers’ homes and businesses before, during and after they are deployed, often in millions of locations.
But nothing takes the place of seeing installers and technicians actually use the technologies we work with—hands on, in the real world. Frequently the best way for Kyrio staff to understand a day in the life of a field service technician or installer is to participate in a ride-along program. We do this because some of the best information about the technologies Kyrio tests in the labs is to see it in action by technicians in the field.
Now we’re taking this connect-the-dots approach to a whole new level. At Cable-Tec Expo 2018 yesterday morning, we revealed that Kyrio and SCTE•ISBE are working closely together to leverage our respective experience and knowledge in testing, certifying, securing and installing broadband and wireless equipment.
The first two areas of focus are Wi-Fi and DOCSIS® 3.1. Security is another potential area of collaboration. A cross-functional team is now being formed to solidify these areas of collaboration and provide ongoing guidance of our work together.
Kyrio will collaborate with SCTE•ISBE to create content, training and guides on the innovations on which Kyrio works. These resources will be made available to SCTE•ISBE members, enabling field and operational staff to have insight to ensure the successful deployment of technologies and their ongoing operations. Kyrio and SCTE•ISBE will also elevate problem areas experienced in the field (such as Wi-Fi in the home, for example) and share insights from the testing we perform. All of this will take the form of new videos and other educational formats for technology training and knowledge sharing. Together we can collaboratively investigate challenging issues, better understand how technology works in the field and influence testing and specifications processes during technology development.
What’s unique about this collaboration is what our two organizations bring together. SCTE•ISBE’s members are from the operational side of the business. This includes installers and technicians—people who work in the field, install the technology in customers’ homes and businesses. They have in-depth knowledge and first-hand experience seeing the technology work, which helps them develop troubleshooting techniques when challenges occur.
Kyrio works with technologies during their development, when products are ready to go to market and in cooperation with buyers and manufacturers during procurement, lab testing and field trials. Kyrio has unique insights into how the products are designed to work, how well they meet specifications, their level of interoperability with other devices and as part of the larger network, and which use cases operators and manufacturers intend to support when products are deployed.
I’m excited to be working with Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of SCTE•ISBE, to bring the capabilities of our teams together in some unique and powerful ways. Stay tuned to both Kyrio and SCTE•ISBE channels for news and updates resulting from our work together.
CableLabs at SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2018: Learn How We’re Inventing the Future
It’s that time of year again! SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo brings cable and broadband professionals from around the world together to share trends, innovations and emerging technologies. At this year’s event, we’ll continue to demonstrate how CableLabs’ innovations make next-generation broadband available today and provide solutions for tomorrow’s connectivity challenges.
Here’s a sneak peek of what we’re covering:
- Distributed Access Architecture (DAA): Back by popular demand! We’ll discuss how the CableLabs defined Remote PHY and Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA), which includes the R-MACPHY technology, save operators money and play an essential role in the next generation of cable networks.
- Energy Efficiency: CableLabs provides technical leadership to the industry through influencing energy efficiency voluntary agreements for set-top boxes and small network equipment. We are participating in judging the SCTE Energy 2020 Challenge where two teams will win the opportunity to work with a cable operator to further develop their ideas.
- Full Duplex DOCSIS® 3.1 Technology: Full Duplex DOCSIS technology has the potential to deliver up to 10 gigabits per second of symmetric broadband capacity over the coax portion of the network. We’ll give our update on the next evolution of DOCSIS technology and how CableLabs is preparing to support speed and latency requirements of the future.
- 5G and Broadband Connectivity: 5G wireless networks will require tight integration with high performing fixed broadband networks to offer high capacity, low latency mobile services. We’ll touch upon the latest developments in the intersection between mobile 5G and DOCSIS/ HFC infrastructure and how CableLabs is developing the necessary tools for cable field operators to strategically and technically support 5G.
- Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM): Mother nature isn’t known for her predictably and can cause disruptions in your network. Using CableLabs’ PNM model, you’ll learn how to use machine learning, artificial intelligence and real-time weather analytics to predict the best time to conduct customer repairs to minimize disruptions.
- Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Deployments: Fiber to the home has been deployed across the world by different companies and public institutions. We’ll cover the latest in the standards debates about the technical and economic feasibility of high bit rate.
CableLabs subject matter experts are moderating panel discussions, leading seminars and CEO and President Phil McKinney is speaking at the opening ceremony. Our lineup of speakers and moderators include:
- Ralph Brown, Chief Technology Officer
- Bernardo Huberman, Fellow and Vice President of Core Innovation
- Jon Schnoor, Lead Architect
- Debbie Fitzgerald, Principal Architect
- Karthik Sundaresan, Principal Architect
- Jing Wang, Lead Architect
- Jason Rupe, Principal Architect
- Brian Scriber, Principal Architect
- Curtis Knittle, Vice President of Wired Technologies
- Alberto Campos, Fellow
- Jennifer Andreoli-Fang, Distinguished Technologist
- Doug Jones, Principal Architect
- Don Clarke, Principal Architect
- Ron Ih, Director of Business Development, Kyrio
Through our 61 member companies worldwide, partnerships with top-tier universities and a collaborative ecosystem inside and outside the cable industry, CableLabs is able to create global impact. We are looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta from Oct. 22-25. Visit us at Booth #713 to learn more about how CableLabs is continuing to make breakthroughs towards our vision of a connected future.
DOCSIS 3.1 Technology: Spec to Product in One Year
Around this time last year, CableLabs kicked off the first DOCSIS® 3.1 interoperability event. Looking back, it is amazing how far we have come.
Over the last year, CableLabs has held seven DOCSIS 3.1 interoperability events that provide manufacturers with the opportunity to work together on interoperability, development, and compliance. A total of 27 vendors across cable modem, head-end, and test equipment manufacturers have participated so far. Over the course of these events, vendors have continued to demonstrate improvements in product maturity.
Additionally, CableLabs has completed seven dry run events which provided vendors with additional development opportunities and evaluation of product readiness for certification and field trials through joint test execution between CableLabs and the vendors. This progress has paved the way for CableLabs to officially open the door for device certification submission and for cable operators to plan their field trials. While we can’t say much about what is going on in our certification labs, we can say it is like a beehive in there! CableLabs will be continuing the interoperability and dry run events in 2016 to support the industry and accelerate device availability.
One of the highlights of the year was the DOCSIS 3.1 technology demonstration day, where vendors flexed their muscles and showed the potential of the DOCSIS 3.1 technology. Demonstrations showcased the multi-Gbps capabilities of DOCSIS 3.1 technology, even while the products were still in development stage. Also, the ability to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 services in today’s networks through a fluid transition was demonstrated. Some vendors even showed how some of today’s cable modem termination systems, which are already deployed in the field, can be upgraded to support DOCSIS 3.1 technology while simultaneously supporting DOCSIS 3.1 and DOCSIS 3.0 devices. The state of the art in spectral efficiency was showcased with the support of 4096 QAM which is a 50% increase from what is possible in today’s DOCSIS 3.0 networks. All indicators are pointing in the right direction that DOCSIS 3.1 technology, as promised, will enable the cable operator to deliver great user experience to the customer.
In addition to holding several training workshops, CableLabs has been working closely with SCTE and NCTI to develop the required training courses to educate and prepare the workforce for the deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 services.
And as the year comes to an end, Comcast puts the icing on the cake by announcing the kickoff of their DOCSIS 3.1 field trials signaling that their customers will soon be enjoying the great experiences that can be offered by DOCSIS 3.1 technology. Congratulations to Comcast for such a big achievement, and ending the year on a high note for the industry and for its customers as a whole.
Belal Hamzeh is Director of Network Technologies at CableLabs.
CableLabs Demonstrations at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo ’15
CableLabs will be showcasing five technology demonstrations at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo ‘15, October 13 – 16, in New Orleans.
We encourage you to stop by to learn more – CableLabs is located at Booth # 2845.
Spectrum Capture Analysis
CableLabs will be demonstrating tools that have been developed to analyze data from cable modems with spectrum capture capability. The tools are designed to identify spectrum impairments in the downstream and upstream frequency ranges. The tools being demonstrated are available to CableLabs members and licensed vendors.
Next Generation Ultra HD
CableLabs is demonstrating the benefits of High Dynamic Range (HDR) content and Wide Color Gamut (WCG). We have two demonstrations: first, we compare HDR with today’s technology, Standard Dynamic Range (SDR); and, second, we compare the current colors available in HDTV with a proposed UHDTV standard called ITU Rec.2020.
CPE Energy Efficiency
CableLabs is committed to helping cable operators and manufacturers design and deploy more energy-efficient consumer premises equipment (CPE). CableLabs provides technical support to the industry Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreements for Set-Top Boxes and Small Network Equipment as well as other energy efficiency initiatives. While CableLabs focuses on improving the energy efficiency of CPE, we also work closely with SCTE Energy 2020 to address end-to-end energy efficiency in the cable infrastructure.
Internet of Things
CableLabs will demonstrate an implementation of interoperability between competing “Internet of Things” (IoT) ecosystems. This will include AllSeen, UPnP, Hue and possibly others and will show interaction between streaming video and connected things. The CableLabs interoperability framework allows MSOs to offer complex IoT services that work consistently regardless of the particular ecosystem they use. A web-based tool that allows new IoT devices to be created in a matter of minutes will also be shown.
Separating v4/v6 Traffic at the Home Gateway
This demo features an IPv6-GRE tunnel between a home gateway and a device in the cable provider’s network. The purpose is two-fold; to transport IPv4 traffic over an IPv6 infrastructure and also to avoid configuring dual-stack interfaces on many of the routers in the Service Provider’s network. IPv4 traffic flows through the tunnel, but IPv6 traffic routes natively.
For more information, please contact Wayne Surdam.