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NFV and SDN: Paving the Way to a Software-Based Networking Future

March 23, 2015

by Don Clarke, Principal Architect, CableLabs — When ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt invited me to contribute a blog post, it brought to mind our interaction in the summer of 2012 on how to treat SDN in the seminal NFV White Paper I was then editing. The operator co-authors were keen to ensure that SDN […]

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Join CableLabs as a part of Tek Stadium™

March 20, 2015

By Ben Lusz, Corporate Events Producer, CableLabs — CableLabs Tek Stadium 2015 will form an integral part of NCTA’S INTX – the Internet & Television Expo — to be held May 5-7 in Chicago at The McCormick Center. We encourage you to be a part of this new destination for the digital economy. Tek Stadium […]

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Rethinking Data Integration: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

March 18, 2015

By Julie Rachel, Principal Architect, Data & Information Architecture, CableLabs — The modern-day cable industry is represented by a complex framework of legacy data systems.   Problems arise in the integration of these systems. Traditionally, the industry has relied on project-based integration approaches, which are often architected in isolation and removed from a more holistic enterprise […]

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Voice Service Over Wireless Networks

March 9, 2015

By Bernie McKibben, Distinguished Technologist, CableLabs — Voice traffic has consumed the airwaves of cellular and Wi-Fi networks for years now, being popular with subscribers and a revenue source for operators. Wi-Fi calling is rapidly expanding as a valued service for subscribers. Operators who offer Wi-Fi calling on their own Wi-Fi networks have a unique […]

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Insights From Creating A Collaborative Workplace

February 25, 2015

by Mitchell Ashley, Vice President, CableLabs — In 2013, CableLabs embarked on an ambitious project to re-imagine its Louisville, Colorado location into a work environment that better aligns with CableLabs’ growing innovative culture and strong sense of collaboration. Traditional high walled cubes and offices were no longer conducive to the level of interaction, flexibility, and innovation that CableLabs’ team members, projects, and visitors need. […]

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Healthcare and the Role of Cable

February 12, 2015

by Ken Fricklas, Director, CableLabs — Advances in nanotechnology, internet of things, 3D printing, personalized medicine, genomics, and big data are creating a convergence that will allow lower-cost, more effective, and more convenient medical practices to become the norm over the next few years. These advances will change the medical landscape significantly, and create large […]

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CES 2015: Connecting Things

February 2, 2015

By Clarke Stevens, Principal Architect, CableLabs – Once again, this year’s CES was the biggest ever. With over 170,000 attendees, 2.2 million square feet of floor space, and over 3,600 exhibitors it was by far, the highest nerd density location in history. The densest of the dense were in Eureka Park where over 375 startups […]

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Wi-Fi Radio Resource Management (RRM)

January 29, 2015

by Neeharika Allanki, Architect, CableLabs — In-home wireless device and data explosion Over the past decade, advances in mobile technology have been growing by leaps and bounds. Almost every house has at least 5.7 data consuming devices according to a study by the NPD group. Wireless data usage is expanding at an exponential rate and […]

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Are all Wi-Fi Channels Created Equal?

January 22, 2015

by Mark Poletti, Wireless Architect, Cablelabs with contributions from Neeharika Allanki, CableLabs — Wi-Fi & RF Performance Over the years, Wi-Fi networks have evolved into planned, managed networks, delivering faster data rates and reliable service using outdoor Hotspots, Enterprise access points (AP), and Homespot gateways. As Wi-Fi Operators continue to rollout and expand Wi-Fi networks, […]

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As Data Networks Become Virtual, Enterprise Integration Must Become a Reality

January 20, 2015

By Adolfo Perez-Duran, Lead Data Architect, CableLabs — Last week, as I was walking down the hallway, I came across two gentlemen painting a hallway door. They paused and kindly let me through. While I waited, I caught a glimpse of a door with a sign that read, in big bold red letters, “pre-action sprinkler […]

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ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group Publishes Second Release of Documents

January 14, 2015

By Don Clarke, Principal Architect, CableLabs — In September, I blogged about the launch of the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) initiative, this week saw another significant event, the second release of ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group (NFV ISG) documents. These documents cover the following NFV topics: Architectural Framework Revision 2 Infrastructure Management and Orchestration […]

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The Evolution of DOCSIS Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM)

December 10, 2014

by Tom Williams, Principal Architect, CableLabs — All cable operators would like to find and fix problems quickly, hopefully before a customer experiences a problem. Long ago, before the advent of DOCSIS, the cable plant was one-way downstream and operators waited for the customer to inform them that something was not working as intended, usually […]

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Wi-Fi vs. Duty Cycled LTE: A Balancing Act

December 3, 2014

By Joey Padden, Lead Architect, CableLabs – In the second installment of my discussion on proposed LAA-LTE and Wi-Fi coexistence schemes, I am going to look at duty cycled solutions. Let’s recap: We know that this new technology for unlicensed spectrum will be available only to mobile operators since the mobile industry standards body (3GPP) […]

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OpenStack: Pushing the Cloud

November 19, 2014

By Randy Levensalor, Lead Architect, CableLabs – Software defined, programmable networks are becoming ubiquitous. They need an underlying software orchestration and infrastructure layer to accelerate their adoption. Without reimaging network management to run at scale without constant human intervention, operational savings will never be realized. After attending The OpenStack Summit in early November, and seeing […]

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Where is that Set-top Box?

November 18, 2014

By Darshak Thakore, Lead Architect, CableLabs — As a technology developer in the cable industry, my friends often ask me questions like, “Why do I need all these boxes in front of my TV?”, “Why do I need to use so many remotes?” , and “When will I be able to watch TV on my mobile/tablet?” […]

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Wi-Fi vs EU LBT: Houston, we have a problem

November 17, 2014

By Joey Padden, Lead Architect, CableLabs — Licensed Assisted Access using LTE is the nascent LTE tech that puts cellular signals into the unlicensed spectrum. It goes by LAA-LTE or LTE-U for short. By all accounts the blitz is on to push this new tech into the field as fast as possible. NTT DoCoMo and […]

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