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RDK Training Summit 2015: A Full House at CableLabs

August 26, 2015

John Cernazanu, R&D Program Manager, Application & Security Technologies – I was admiring the crisp look of our training room the night before opening day of the RDK Training Summit 2015 – a first time co-production by CableLabs and RDK Management (RDKM), LLC hosted at the CableLabs facility. A surge of angst began to well […]

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DOCSIS 3.1® Update: Get Your Engines Running…. The Engines ARE Running!

August 24, 2015

By Belal Hamzeh, Director of Broadband Evolution at CableLabs – The original title for this blog was supposed to be “DOCSIS® 3.1 Update: Get your engines running,” but in reality, the engines ARE already running!  In fact, the DOCSIS 3.1 engines have been running hot since the start of the year. With the technology rapidly […]

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Good-Bye IPv4, Hello IPv6

August 13, 2015

By Michael Kloberdans, Lead Architect, Network Technologies, CableLabs- ARIN just ran out of IPv4 addresses! News sources are abuzz that ARIN has finally ran out of IP addresses. Let’s take a look at the implications. Q: What is ARIN? A: ARIN is the American Registry of Internet Numbers serving North America and is one of […]

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Passive Optical Networking – for the Next Generation

July 29, 2015

By Curtis Knittle, Director of Optical Technologies, CableLabs — Service providers invest billions of dollars in their access networks. Ideally, the deployed technology meets consumer demand for many years, allowing service providers to avoid costly upgrades before fully recovering their investments. In addition to technology longevity, service providers also like to see technology evolution, a […]

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Capitalizing on Data: An Engine to Business Services Growth

July 22, 2015

By Carmela Stuart, Director of Business Technologies, CableLabs — Aligning a service provider’s business with its drive for new services and optimized operations relies heavily on one foundational element — data. Working closely with our cable operator members, the CableLabs team recognizes that access to data provides key insights that drive business and technology innovations. […]

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CableLabs Hosting RDK Training Summit 2015

July 10, 2015

by John Cernazanu, R&D Program Manager, CableLabs — CableLabs and RDK Management LLC are excited to co-produce this years’ RDK Training Summit 2015 to be held July 21-23 at CableLabs’ facility in Louisville, Colorado. The Reference Design Kit (RDK) platform provides a universal fabric for powering customer-premises equipment and was created to expedite the deployment […]

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SCOTUS Sidesteps an Interface with APIs

July 9, 2015

By Jud Cary, Deputy General Counsel, CableLabs — On the last day of its term, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and thus it let stand a controversial copyright decision by the appellate court on the copyrightability of application program interfaces or APIs. The […]

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CableLabs® New Remote PHY Specifications expand DOCSIS® Network deployment options

July 7, 2015

by Karthik Sundaresan, Principal Architect, CableLabs — DOCSIS technology continues to extend the usefulness of the hybrid fiber coaxial network and increase its global adoption. Distributed Architectures for DOCSIS networks are emerging that provide significant scale advantages and flexible deployment options supporting for both DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 networks. Distributed DOCSIS deployments are beginning […]

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A Hands-On Innovation Experience in Silicon Valley

June 30, 2015

By Don Clarke, Principal Architect, CableLabs — When my boss informed me a few weeks ago that I had been selected to be a participant in an intensive four day “Innovation Boot Camp” at our offices in Silicon Valley, I was surprised and somewhat concerned that I would be taken out of circulation for a […]

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A New Voluntary Agreement for Energy Efficiency: Home Internet Equipment

June 25, 2015

By Debbie Fitzgerald, Director of Client Application Technologies, CableLabs — For a couple of years now, cable operators, along with other pay-tv service providers and manufacturers, have been working diligently to improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes in the home through the set-top box (STB) Voluntary Agreement. And they have already demonstrated energy savings, […]

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Can a Wi-Fi radio detect Duty Cycled LTE?

June 24, 2015

By Joey Padden, Lead Architect, CableLabs – For my third blog I thought I’d give you preview of a side project I’ve been working on. The original question was pretty simple: Can I use a Wi-Fi radio to identify the presence of LTE? Before we go into what I’m finding, let’s recap: We know LTE […]

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Technology Implications of 2Gbps Symmetric Services

June 11, 2015

By Jon Schnoor, Senior Engineer, Network Technologies, CableLabs — Service providers and municipalities alike continue their push toward offering gigabit services over fiber networks. In fact, fiberville is a web site dedicated to listing which service providers and municipalities provide fiber solutions. Recently, Comcast significantly upped the ante by announcing a 2 Gbps symmetric service […]

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Content Creation Demystified: Open Source to the Rescue

June 9, 2015

by Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs — There are four main concepts involved in securing premium audio/visual content: Authentication Authorization Encryption Digital Rights Management (DRM) Authentication is the act of verifying the identity of the individual requesting playback (e.g. username/password). Authorization involves ensuring that individual’s right to view that content (e.g. subscription, rental). Encryption is […]

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OPNFV Builds Momentum With First Code Release

June 4, 2015

By Don Clarke, Principal Architect, CableLabs — Today sees the first OPNFV release known as ‘Arno’ (OPNFV releases are named after rivers) which OPNFV has been busily creating since the community was launched last September. In my blog celebrating the OPNFV launch I outlined the importance of open source to stimulate innovation and accelerate progress […]

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Web Media Playback: Solved with dash.js

June 2, 2015

by Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs — (Disclaimer: the author is a regular contributor to the dash.js project) A crucial piece of any standards development process is the creation of a reference implementation to validate the feasibility of the many requirements set forth within the standard. After all, it makes no sense to create a […]

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Adaptive Bitrate and MPEG-DASH

May 26, 2015

by Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs — The basic solution that streaming video provides is that an entire video file does not need to be downloaded before it is viewed. Little chunks of media may be grabbed for playback in order to achieve the same effect. The one caveat is that the media must be […]

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