IPDR: More than Just Usage-Based Billing (Part 1)

When engineers think of Internet Protocol Detail Record (IPDR), usually the first thing that comes to mind is usage-based billing. While usage-based billing is the reason that the cable industry first adopted IPDR, it’s important to remember that the information provided by this protocol goes way beyond billing.

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 … Continue reading “Manage What You Measure with IPDR”

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 … Continue reading “Fair Share for Bandwidth Management”

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 … Continue reading “Building a Healthy Service Network”

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 … Continue reading “Reflections on ANGA COM 2014”

Thinking Outside of the Box at NCTC WEC

The 2014 NCTC Winter Educational Conference saw the largest turnout to date. While the event’s venue in Tampa, Florida in the middle of a harsh winter may have been a contributing factor, the tightly scheduled event has always attracted a crowd by providing good insight into new technology and ideas.

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 … Continue reading “The Future of Software-defined Networks”

By Stephane Bourque on October 15, 2013

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 … Continue reading “Top Issues for MSOs: Increased Bandwidth Consumption”

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 … Continue reading “The Santa Bandwidth Conspiracy”