University Partnerships

Innovation through strong relationships with academic organizations opens new paths for bringing game-changing technology to the market.

CableLabs partners with universities around the world to bring game changing technology to market.

We connect professors, students, and technical leaders with the most interesting problems in the cable industry, providing resources, expertise, data, laboratory, and real life environments for discovering and testing bright new ideas.

Case Study


  • University Team
    Professor Indrakshi Ray, Computer Science Department
    Professor Indrajit Ray, Computer Science Department
  • CableLabs Team
    Steve Goeringer, Principal Architect, Security
    Ronald Reuss, VP, Technology Strategy
  • Innovation Area: Internet of Things (IoT)

Other Resources

A Vision for Secure IoT

IoT Security Testing

The Internet of Things is the profusion of small, inexpensive, power efficient sensors and devices that make environments safer, smarter, and more responsive. But these devices will also create enormous challenges in configuration and especially in protecting them from hacking and abuse. Faculty and graduate students at Colorado State University are working closely with CableLabs scientists to develop, prototype, and validate new ways to discover and protect against security holes. These insights will color a breadth of standards across cable and other industries, as well as comprehensive new testing services that Kyrio will be able to make available to the ecosystem.

Core Security Architecture

CableLabs has been working closely with researchers at CSU to develop new ways to identify, measure and mitigate cyber attacks. Two projects in particular have shown great promise. BGPMon uses real time network data provided by the Oregon Route Views Project to indicate and alert when BGP routes may be hijacked, and to identify unusual international traffic route detours. BGPMon has been of interest to cable operators. NetBrane applies multiple strategies to mitigate distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. It combines big data, high speed packet inspection (100Gpbs) and a software defined network to create agile response to rapidly evolving DDoS events.

Case Study


  • University Team
    Professor Gee-Kung Chang, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • CableLabs Team
    Steve Jia, Principal Architect, Wired Technologies
    Ronald Reuss, VP, Technology Strategy
  • Innovation Area: 5G (Wireless)


The Fiber-Wireless Integration and Networking (FiWIN) Center

5G wireless technologies are stretching throughput, scale, and performance with a special focus on supporting ultra-low latency applications, internet of things devices in high quantity, and multi-Gbps mobile broadband speeds. Many devices will connect to the cable network through these improving radio technologies, and Georgia Insitute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and CableLabs are exploring the limits of radio, optical and combined technologies to deliver on this promise.

As the industry evolves toward Node+0 architectures, the volume of optical connections to intelligent nodes will increase substantially compared to traditional architectures. Coherent optics technology offers a future-proofing solution for cable operators to meet bandwidth demand without the need for retrenching to lay new fibers. Through collaboration with Georgia Tech, CableLabs is accelerating high capacity optics for the cable industry.

Case Study


  • University Team
    Bob Iannucci, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Service Professor, ECE Director, CyLab Mobility Research Center
  • CableLabs Team
    Ike Elliott
    Chief Strategy Officer
    SVP Strategy and Innovation
  • Innovation Area: Mobile Core Network Architecture

Disruption in Mobile Infrastructure

CableLabs’ and Carnagie Mellon Univerisity – Silicon Valley (CMU Silicon Valley) are looking at mobile network infrastructure in a whole new way. What would the mobile core network architecture look like if it was designed for the massive data volumes and the proliferation of small cells that will be needed to satisfy future demand? How can the mobile core network architecture be optimized for cable operator assets? And how can the architecture be optimized for application development and application performance? This is part of a broader trend to leverage open source software and open hardware to fundamentally change the economics of network technologies. CMU Silicon Valley researchers, under the leadership of Professor Robert Iannucci (formerly CTO of Nokia) have partnered with CableLabs to explore the implications for radical changes in the cost to build and operate mobile networks.



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Founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry, CableLabs is dedicated to partnering with those on the forefront of innovation. CableLabs works with top tier universities across the globe to support and drive innovation projects. By collaborating with passionate professors and students, new perspectives and points of view from outside the cable industry are presented, researched and explored. The goal is to together create a powerful think tank that works towards creating cutting edge technology and a more connected future.

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