This blog was co-authored with Patrick Kinnerk, Senior Product Manager at Incognito.
Cable modem fraud can be a major source of revenue leakage for service providers. A recent study found that communication service providers lost $3 billion dollars worldwide due to cable modem cloning and fraudulent practices.
To combat this problem, device provisioning solutions include mechanisms to prevent loss — but what do you really need to protect your bottom line? Continue Reading
Initial adoptions of DOCSIS 3.1, the highly-anticipated CableLabs specification update packing 10x capacity increases over its predecessor, have already stirred up the global broadband community. Major MSOs such as Comcast, TDC-Denmark, and Cox have started initial implementations, paving the way for service providers that look to embark on a long and storied journey with the latest catalyst in broadband network innovation. In July 2016, Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) announced their plans to upgrade their hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network with the specification. Continue Reading
There are many ways that fraud can appear in your network. Our focus today will be on cable modem cloning and its affect on your bottom line, as well as the quality of service (QoS) impacts that fraud has on your legitimate end users.
Let’s start with the basics: what does cable modem cloning mean? Continue Reading
Last week I talked about the importance of fast-tracking DOCSIS firmware updates. But from a cost perspective, do you know how much are you spending annually on DOCSIS firmware management? For too many service providers, the answer is no. Continue Reading
In today’s high-speed IP services environment, network administrators often rely on manual steps to complete the complex business processes that ensure device and network health. One of the most tedious tasks for network administrators is managing and updating firmware across a wide network of end-user DOCSIS gateways.
In my last two posts of the Technical Guide to DOCSIS 3.1, we explored both the bandwidth capacity increases, and the technical advantages enabled by DOCSIS 3.1. Over the next few years, we will start to see wide-scale commercial adoption of DOCSIS 3.1. But what happens next? DOCSIS 3.1 still has some faults that will need to be explored to further advance the communications industry. Continue Reading
New Orleans played host to the 2015 SCTE EXPO – an annual cable telecommunications conference promoting technical knowledge in the industry. We stopped by to learn and engage with other peers in the industry. New Orleans is famous for many dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. For convenience sake you can usually order a sampler. So in my recap of the event, here’s a sampler of things to reflect on from the expo: Continue Reading
In my last post, we found that DOCSIS 3.1 has the potential to enable a 10x capacity increase over DOCSIS 3.0. Let’s look at the technical details how that is achieved, the challenges in upgrading and some of the solutions for supporting a heterogeneous deployment. If that in itself isn’t reason enough for your business to consider an upgrade, here’s a list of the technical advantages enabled by DOCSIS 3.1: Continue Reading
It has been 10 years since the DOCSIS 3.0 specification was released, and in those 10 years bandwidth demand has continued to grow unabated. Butter’s Law states that optical transmission speeds are doubling every nine months. But how does that compare to the latest specification of DOCSIS? Continue Reading
Cable operators are slowly introducing newer, more sophisticated gateways, with support for TR-069, MOCA, and DOCSIS — but what can be done with all those old gateways? They’re still working, but how do you manage their firmware and ensure that you don’t end up overloading your CMTS or provisioning stack during a mass upgrade, or worse yet, end up bricking the population? Continue Reading