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What Can You Do to Prevent Bad Wi-Fi Service?

In a 2016 survey on broadband consumer quality of experience (QoE), 31% of subscribers said that Wi-Fi reliability directly influences their decision to recommend a service provider to a friend of peer. Despite of the high favorability that subscribers have to the technology, and the keen interest operators have shown to leverage Wi-Fi for video distribution within the premises, Wi-Fi is among the most heavily received quality issues reported to service provider call centers. Continue Reading

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Decreasing New Services Time-to-Market with SDN and NFV

What are the easiest ways to add new services to an existing subscription? For subscribers of the service-orchestrated operator, the future looks bright. In fact, the future appears to be in the subscriber’s control.

One fundamental benefit of the operator network, facing the subscriber becoming more programmatically controlled through Software Defined Networking (SDN), is the introduction of ‘anything as a service’ (XaaS) concepts. Continue Reading

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Virtualizing the Gateway – How CSPs are revolutionizing the network edge

In the Great SDN Expectations blog, the first in a series discussing the technologies of the future service network, we introduced the basic constructs of what Software Defined Networks mean to the platforms at the heart of the Communication Service Provider (CSP) network today. SDN itself represents a deconstructed view of current switching and routing architectures providing the abstractions of control from dataplane. With this newfound control, the industry is leveraging multiple virtualization strategies to build out public, private, and hybrid cloud architectures, delivering multiple new application services to the market.   Continue Reading

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The Changing Landscapes of WiFi QoE

In the cable industry today we have seen an incredibly fast uptake of WiFi among the worldwide subscriber base — a trend that shows no signs of losing momentum. Recent data shows the WiFi market is expected to grow from USD 14.8 billion in 2015 to USD 33.6 billion by 2020. Consumers all across the world no longer just want WiFi, they expect it. In a Devicescape survey on the consumer attitudes towards WiFi, 88% of respondents saw WiFi as a commodity that should be available everywhere, all of the time. Continue Reading

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Great SDN Expectations

For many in the Cable industry, the Software Defined Network (SDN) continues to evade a precise definition, only to be further complicated when understanding its relationship to Network Function Virtualization (NFV). In this series of blog posts on SDN and NFV, we will explore both of these key topics in terms of their relationship to one another and the new products they enable. Continue Reading

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A Week of IPv6

This past week in Paris, the IPv6 world congress met to discuss various industry topics on IPv6. In this session many topics were covered with much time spent discussing transition strategies and technologies. Opinions certainly came forward on the subject of NAT. The Go6 presentation had the best quote of the week, “If NAT is evil, then CGN is carrier grade evil.” Continue Reading

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Comments on CableLabs NAT444 Demo

If you were not at this year’s National Cable Show, you missed some great exposure to IPv6 in the Windy City. At the Incognito booth was an overview and demonstration of Broadband Command Center 6.0. BCC 6 delivers all IPv6 related provisioning features for DOCSIS and PacketCable networks. IPv6 is clearly the front burner topic for our industry. A half-day IPv6 Summit preceded this year’s Cable Show. It featured a wide range of executives from the Internet community, technology companies, service providers, content providers and government. The topic remained live throughout the three-day show, including a Network Address Translation (NAT) 444 demonstration at the CableNET exhibit. Continue Reading

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World IPv6 Day: A Look Back, and Forward

World IPv6 Day (June 8, 2011) came and went. Not a lot was noticed on this global test day, which the Internet Society sponsored and hundreds of companies supported. That is a good thing. Things that were intended to happen did happen. On company web sites that ought to have been IPv6-enabled with support to convey a connection over IPv6, there were native v6 conversations. Continue Reading

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