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  1. MSO Internet Infrastructure Trends for 2017

    The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to remain a hot topic of conversation in 2017, and its impact on network technology and deployment decisions undoubtedly will prove significant. CommScope Senior Director, Service Provider Solutions Mark Alrutz talked recently with BTR about what to expect in the coming year for MSOs behind the scenes as they deal with the anticipated demands of IoT. Operators will continue to implement DOCSIS 3.1, but there also is ongoing work on reducing node size. Different companies are taking different approaches, whether it be to focusing on only areas with high congestion or a more methodical reduction of passings per node across a footprint, Alrutz said. "We are seeing a lot of effort with the MSOs to make the experience better for the customer," Alrutz said. The march will continue toward more fiber to the home . While subscribers will be pleased with the speeds they receive as a result of DOCSIS 3.1 and full duplex DOCSIS, the benefits of fiber networks and passive networks are pretty well documented, Alrutz said. These include a reduction in necessary maintenance. "The advantage the MSO has is the ability to make smart moves with fiber today in terms of where they place it and how much they place to give them a springboard to the future…It can be part of an upgrade and deep node exercise that is going on," Alrutz said. Operators also have the desire to be a network manager for the home network as part of the customer experience piece. "You can have the greatest service in the world, but if a subscriber's iPad won't stream Netflix or whatever Xfinity program they want, then it is not a good experience," Alrutz says. With WiFi being a huge component, he expects to see a lot going on with WiFi hotspots and external WiFi locations this year. Business service expansion also is on the horizon, Alrutz said. "Housing starts may or may not be there. We have seen ups and downs in recent years. When that is the case, and residential growth is slower, business services give the MSO the opportunity to see some substantial revenue." Operators have continued to push fiber deeper and sometimes right into businesses. This gives them the ability to offer very competitive high speed data services, better quality of service and service level agreements to match any offering, Alrutz said. "We will continue to see aggressive building by MSOs toward businesses both small and large…The fiber network is being laid. Certainly in metro areas, (operators) are capable of providing the type of services that a business customer would demand," Alrutz said.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  2. Cable ONE Buying NewWave for $735 Million

    Cable ONE (NYSE:CABO) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire NewWave Communications for $735 million in cash. The ...

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  3. Comcast Biz Offers Private Connection to Microsoft Cloud

    Comcast Business (NASDAQ:CMCSA) now provides business services customers with private links to the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Cloud ...

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  4. BTR, SCTE/ISBE Team to Expand Tech Workforce Learning

    Broadband Technology Report (BTR), the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and SCTE's global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts™ (ISBE), today announced a partnership that is designed to create new learning opportunities for cable technology workforce ...

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  1. Verizon Demonstrates NG-PON2 OLT Interoperability

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  2. WOW! Biz Lights Up Livonia City Hall

    WOW! Business has partnered with the city of Livonia, MI, to offer fiber-optic connectivity. WOW! began working with the city in 2015 to install ...

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  3. Midco: Fargo Construction 85% Complete

    Midco [says its network construction in Fargo, ND, is 85% complete. Winter weather has halted underground construction, but work on ...

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  4. AT&T Intros 4K Video for Businesses

    AT&T (NYSE:T) now offers 4K UltraHD video content to businesses via DirecTV, including live sports. The company says it's the first provider in ...

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  5. Comcast Adds Voice Control for Smart Home Lighting

    Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) plans to add two new lighting partners to its Xfinity Home smart home platform, while also enabling new home ...

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    Thu, 15 Dec 2016

  6. Comcast Biz Connects NJ Startup Incubator

    Comcast Business (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has been named the exclusive network services provider for Tigerlabs, a coworking community in ...

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  7. Business Services : Using SD-WAN to Reel in the Bigger Fish

    As cable operators' business services arms court larger enterprise customers, SD-WAN is emerging as an increasingly important tool. Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) hold ...

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  8. Cable ONE Biz Opens Seattle POP

    Cable ONE Business is expanding its nationwide network with the launch of a new point of presence (POP) in the Equinix Data Center, located ...

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

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