Capacity Planning for Cable Networks

Capacity Planning for Cable Networks

Network Analytics for Smarter Congestion Management

See how MSOs are turning to network intelligence for capacity planning, customer support, and new service rollouts: The Bandwidth Intelligence Imperative

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It’s never been more important to keep pace with bandwidth demand — or more difficult. Communication service providers are constantly evolving strategies to optimize network resources  and keep pace with changing subscriber usage patterns, while those that don’t face inconsistent subscriber quality of experience (QoE) and customer churn.

Without visibility into real network resource utilization, it is nearly impossible to accurately predict future growth, which puts network engineers under pressure to “play it safe” with capacity upgrades. Optimizing your network is essential to remain profitable and grow your business in a competitive market — but how can you keep up with bandwidth demand without overstretching resources?

Gain Smart Network Insights

Gain Smart Network Insights

  • Make capacity investments based on subscriber usage patterns and resource congestion
  • Reveal underused resources to avoid costly network upgrades
  • Reliably test network simulations for new service offerings

With real-world usage data in hand, you can determine the next steps to bridge the gap between revenues and network upkeep.

Make Informed Planning Decisions

Make Informed Planning Decisions

Make strategic investments for smarter congestion management based on real insights and predictive analysis. By analyzing historical trends and applying a variety of scenarios, you can understand how subscriber and bandwidth growth will affect subscriber bandwidth usage in a particular region and equipment. When coupled with sales forecasts and QoE requirements, you can plan ahead for the long run while eliminating wasteful CAPEX spend.

Customer segmentation and an understanding of capacity usage across different regions allows for smarter investments, enabling you to target high-spend customers and invest more heavily in profitable areas. Insight into capacity can also enable you to extend revenue streams and test plan change simulations to understand how a speed boost or change would affect network congestion or require network upgrades.

Automate Data Processes

Automate Data Processes

Collect, process, analyze, and present bandwidth data from your network with automated processes that don’t overstrain your hardware. Incognito makes use of Internet Protocol Detail Record (IPDR) and SNMP data to provide a holistic view of bandwidth usage across your network.

This data enables you to accurately pinpoint the bandwidth utilization of every cable modem on your network, as well as identify the interface, node, and service group where traffic originated. Identify possible congestion points in the interfaces, nodes, and service groups.

The solution’s raw data collector, data refinement engine, and integrated reporting platform are completely vendor-agnostic, working regardless of DOCSIS version or hardware vendor. Network performance issues are avoided, as data is collected out-of-band and does not require continual polling of the CMTS. This also increases accuracy, as there is less likelihood of dropped data during collection.

Visual and Report Key Metrics

Visual and Report Key Metrics

Make it even easier to understand subscriber usage with key metrics delivered in the form of location-aware, reports, and spreadsheets. The solution’s powerful processing engine cross-references DOCSIS service flow events with network information, subscriber account data, and billing platforms to deliver readable, easy-to-understand information in one solution.

You can easily understand what your subscribers want to achieve from their devices with the automated collection and refinement of data-usage records. This in turn enables better network planning and investment decisions.

By collecting, processing, normalizing, and presenting data, Incognito delivers actionable intelligence for capacity planning, enhancing the quality of experience for subscribers and streamlining subscriber support.

Incognito delivers the network intelligence you need to:

  • Make smarter investments for network capacity to keeps pace with subscriber utilization trends and sales forecasts
  • Save CAPEX by revealing underutilized network capacity and understand subscriber patterns
  • Improve subscriber QoE with tested simulations before launching new service offerings or speed boosts
  • Strategically plan for network and subscriber growth using predictive analysis and customer segmentation

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