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
Throughout the last year, enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) is a topic that has risen to the forefront for many communication service providers. Even people outside of the broadband industry understand the importance of connected devices, because the reliance on IoT is growing every day. We now have Internet-enabled light bulbs, dead bolts, smoke detectors, refrigerators, mirrors, and yes, even toothbrushes. Continue Reading
Key industry trends — like SDN, NFV, vCPEs, CCAP, TR-069, bandwidth congestion management, and converged service orchestration — are set to change the way communication service providers maintain operations throughout the world. With such constant change, keeping up-to-date and understanding all the latest innovations is starting to become a full-time job. And let’s be honest — introducing next-generation multi-service, multi-device hardware and software systems into existing operations is a confusing and cumbersome task. Continue Reading
Are you like me, fed up with paying for more than 500 channels of TV but only watching a couple of them? And that’s only if I can actually find a couple of hours to sit down in front of a TV during a busy work week.
Well, maybe there’s help on the way.
For a show like Mobile World Congress (MWC), technologies are undoubtedly out on full display — from network infrastructure gear to devices, and from software to applications. You expect to see lots of gadgets at a mobile technology show, and vendors come out in full force, year after year, to show off their latest shiny innovations. Continue Reading
Yes, that was the theme of this year’s Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA) conference. This annual event was held in sunny Montego Bay, Jamaica, over the first week of February.
The warmth of the people and the optimistic attitude is contagious, and the intimate ‘up close and personal’ style has always been the hallmark of the conference. For that, one has to applaud the fine work that CCTA puts into the event, drawing together operators, vendors, programmers, solution providers, marketers, and technologists alike — and this year, over 270 attendees and 80-some exhibitors. Continue Reading
I’m back from San Antonio, TX, where there was no winter storm warning and ample amounts to do if you wander away from the NCTC Winter Educational Conference (WEC) 2015. If you ever find yourself in San Antonio, I would highly suggest heading to the River Walk to get a great taste of the local flavours. Continue Reading
Happy New Year! I hope the season has treated you and your families well. After settling back into my office, feeling refreshed from my brief holiday break, it’s time again to dust off my crystal ball and share some predictions for the year ahead: Continue Reading
Remote security and home monitoring systems have seen enormous growth over the last year. In 2013, sales of wireless embedded smart home monitoring devices, including motion sensors, smart thermostats, and smart plugs, grew to 17.23 million — nearly doubling 2012 shipments. Based on these trends, ABI research estimates that more than half a billion wireless smart home monitoring devices will be installed worldwide by 2018. But this is just one of the ways providers are delivering “the connected home”. Continue Reading
I attended the 2014 edition of SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and interactive technologies) in our hometown of Vancouver. It was my second time at this conference, and similar to last time, one of the core themes was pushing the boundaries of the digital medium. Continue Reading