The 2014 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo − the premiere cable telecommunications engineering event − starts next week in Denver, Colorado (aka Mile-High City) and JDSU (booth #863) is set to make it another memorable one. While DOCSIS 3.1 is still a driving trend, there are other critical technology challenges and opportunities that the event will focus on.
A sampling from the 2014 program:
· improving the customer experience through enhancements in installation experiences, operations, and workforce training; defining and redefining the connected home; and new technologies and techniques, such as apps.
· transitioning to the all-IP video network; proving portability of services; delivering Ultra HD and High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC); and modernizing next-generation User Interfaces (UIs).
· access network architectures and technologies, virtualized-, cloud- and software defined-networks, and energy/event management for today and the future.
JDSU's network and service enablement solutions support operators worldwide to help ensure reliability and quality as SDN, NFV take hold. And as the increase in data, video, fiber, 100G and connected devices spike at an unprecedented pace. For more perspective on the event, the industry and what's new with JDSU, Rob Flask, senior product line manager at JDSU, shared his view.
Rob Flask of JDSU: "The top three trends that I am seeing are virtualization, convergence, and capacity."
Rob, entering into SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014, how has the industry evolved from last year? What are the main themes driving the industry – say, the top three technical trends we see?
The top three trends that I am seeing are virtualization, convergence, and capacity. Virtualization is an exciting new technology that really drives the speed of adopting and deploying new services. Cloud technologies and virtualization go hand in hand. It is touching every facet of the industry from virtualized guides, virtual CMTS’s and all the way down to virtualized test clients in the CPE device.
Convergence of data and video is another big trend. The drive for video on any screen, anytime, anywhere is helping fuel the migration to using the data pipe as a primary delivery for video. This will really continue to change and evolve content distribution from where it is today into an IP centric system all the way to the consumer.
Capacity is really fueled by efficiency. How can I get more speed and services to the consumers and devices utilizing as much of the available infrastructure that I can. There are innovations being delivered in every medium including WiFi with 802.11AC, coax with DOCSIS 3.1 on the horizon, and fiber with 100G.
What are some of the recent or new innovations from JDSU are you excited to exhibit? How do they support operators to meet today’s biggest deployment or network and service enablement challenges?
JDSU continues to deliver innovative new products and services to support this dynamic industry. The 2014 Expo is no exception – JDSU will be talking about recent and new solutions. What is exciting is the breadth and depth of products that serve the entire organization. Here is a short list of some of the innovations that will be on display:
o StrataSync is our cloud enabled solution that helps operators maximize the utility from their test assets and their data across their complete organization.
o PathTrak PNM (proactive network maintenance) is a new return path tool utilizes information from cable modems and CMTS’s to remotely pinpoint upstream impairments to fix the real root cause.
o EdgeTrak™ is a virtualized test client for CPE devices that goes beyond what typical polling PNM tools can provide by putting a virtual technician in the device that identifies downstream problems near real time.
o The VSE-1100 (Video Spectrum Expert) is a totally new class of product that changes the definition of what a portable spectrum analyzer and video analyzer should be.
Image above: "The VSE-1100 (Video Spectrum Expert) changes the definition of what a portable spectrum analyzer and video analyzer should be."
o Another exciting product that we are launching at Expo is our new WiFi Advisor. This tool is designed to help operator provide reliable services over WiFi as operators are migrating to WiFi as a core revenue driving service.
Images above: "WiFi Advisor helps operators provide reliable services over WiFi as they migrate to WiFi as a core revenue driving service - especially with customers’ quality expectations when viewing video over their WiFi connections.”
o Solutions such as PacketPortal, JDSU’s cloud-based approach to embed data-capture technology throughout the network, delivering in-line intelligence; and, the T-BERD/MTS-5800 which tests throughout the service life cycle, including fiber characterization, service activation, troubleshooting, and maintenance, are among others that will be on display.