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Manage What You Measure with IPDR

Cable providers are facing challenging times — and there’s no quick fix in sight. The surging popularity of over-the-top (OTT) content is one of the biggest sources of additional bandwidth, with Netflix now accounting for more than one third of all downstream Internet traffic during peak hours in North America. It’s no wonder, then, that bottlenecks form during evening hours and deteriorate service quality.

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Fair Share for Bandwidth Management

Too often operators don’t understand how much broadband is consumed on their network — or know how to identify the heaviest users. Without insight into subscriber usage, it’s impossible to track trends and understand network traffic. As a result, how can you know where to make investments, split nodes, or implement policies that have a positive impact? And what policies can you dream up that will actually help reduce congestion? Continue Reading

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Building a Healthy Service Network

As year-over-year bandwidth consumption continues to grow rapidly — with global fixed-internet petabyte consumption per month being estimated to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32% from 2010-2015 — forecasting future service requirements is becoming an increasingly complicated job. When building a healthy service network, capacity planners need an accessible way to identify where capacity levels are high, where congestion problems exist, and how many subscribers are impacted. Continue Reading

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Reflections on ANGA COM 2014

Amid a fast-changing telecom industry landscape — where fast and furious consolidation occurs within and across cable, DSL, satellite and mobile — this year, Europe’s preeminent broadband industry trade show, ANGA COM, opened its doors to 17,000 visitors from more than 70 countries. It’s quite a shift for a show that was solely focused on the German cable industry until just a few years ago.  Continue Reading

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The Future of Software-defined Networks

Originally published in Billing & OSS World

 Software-defined networking (SDN) is a term that’s gaining traction in the tech world, and with good reason — it’s essentially a whole new way to define router operations on your network. SDN puts control into the hands of network engineers and administrators by letting them respond to changing business requirements in real-time. Essentially, in a SDN network, control is directly programmable and gives administrators more functionality than ever before. This is a giant leap forward from today’s static routing, which is not application-dependent and can be nearly impossible to change. Continue Reading

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Top Issues for MSOs: Increased Bandwidth Consumption

The cable industry has been actively launching various initiatives such as cloud computing, WiFi, and the connected home over the past few years. However, in the pursuit of additional profits, the fundamental technologies that support these revenue-generating services can become afterthoughts. Three crucial issues should be at the forefront in the push to increase average revenue per user:

  1. Tackling the growth in bandwidth consumption
  2. Managing multiple device types
  3. Dealing with the complexity of IPv6

I’ll look at each of these issues in detail over the next few blog posts. Let’s start with the first one — tackling bandwidth consumption. Continue Reading

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The Santa Bandwidth Conspiracy

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Whether you’ll be receiving gifts this Christmas, or playing the role of Santa, chances are the gift you get or receive will be some sort of electronic device with Internet connectivity. As always, you’ll see the usual suspects such as game consoles and smartphones under the Christmas tree, however other devices with Internet connectivity like smart weather stations, cameras that can upload to the web, media players, and kitchen appliances are also gaining popularity. Continue Reading

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