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  1. Inside Scoop on Mediacom's DOCSIS 3.1 Plans

    Mediacom Communications plans to have a gigabit-ready network across its 22-state footprint by the end of the year, based on DOCSIS 3.1. Both the C100G Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) from Casa Systems and the Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) cBR-8 next-gen CCAP are part of the DOCSIS 3.1 infrastructure upgrade, being undertaken by the fifth largest cable operator in the United States. While Thomas Larsen, Mediacom's SVP of government and public relations, couldn't specify the split between Casa and Cisco equipment in the system, he did say that using dual vendors is a common practice for Mediacom. "We have always tried to hedge so that we have the comfort that we know where the products are going to be when we need them. It also helps to have competition in the market," Larsen said. Mediacom launched DOCSIS 3.0 in Missouri last year and has gained some experience offering a gigabit Internet product there, as well as experience with channel bonding. The company's service area in that state has been moved to a DOCSIS 3.1 platform. What is holding up widespread introduction of gigabit is not the network, but the availability of DOCSIS 3.1 modems, Larsen said. "Quantities (of modems) are limiting at this point," Larsen said. "If we rolled out our footprint (to gigabit) by the end of the year, we wouldn't have the modems available. We wanted to have a slower market rollout so we can meet demand." No schedule has been announced, although Larsen said that the first will be the largest state. Des Moines, IA, is the largest metro area that Mediacom serves, and Iowa is the state in which Mediacom has invested the most in technology, Phyllis Peters, a company spokesperson told The Des Moines Register earlier this year . "We want a big splash in January," Larsen said. "We may move up (our rollout schedule) depending on the modems. The network itself is ready, and we could certainly launch in more markets, but want to see [in] the first market what demand is and how quickly the modems get taken up." Larsen added that demand for gigabit is expected to be light initially. It will come mostly from gamers and those who work a lot from home. "The (average) household doesn't need that speed just yet," Larsen said, noting that available wireless routers don't support gigabit speeds today. They are more at the 300 Mbps range. "It will take a little bit of time - 12-24 months - before mainstream wireless routers are supporting gigabit," Larsen said. "Most people are working off WiFi. If their router is 300 Mbps, they would be leaving a lot on the table (with gigabit service)." Pricing will not be announced until the launch in January, but Larsen said he expects it to "come down significantly" from what is currently being charged in Missouri. (Press reports indicate service there is $149.00 per month.) "We will price the (DOCSIS 3.1) gigabit service more competitively and reasonably to try to build the demand for it," Larsen said. Mediacom also has announced a new tiering structure. The company has eliminated its 3 Mbps to 50 Mbps service offerings. The lowest speed available will now be 60 Mbps. There will be price differentiations based on data allowance: 150 GB, 250 GB or 400 GB. "From the company perspective, we had the lower tiers to compete with DSL. That marketing strategy is several years past its time. We don't want to compete with DSL from a speed perspective. The FCC has raised the (definition) of broadband to 25 Mbps …. We want to be a true broadband company," Larsen said.

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    Tue, 20 Dec 2016

  2. Mediacom Going All in with DOCSIS 3.1

    Mediacom Communications plans to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 across its footprint. The company's entire network is scheduled to be gigabit-capable ...

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  3. El ANSI aprueba tres normas de la SCTE

    El Instituto Nacional de Normalización Estadounidense (ANSI) ha aprobado tres normas de la SCTE: una acera de cable coaxial y dos al respecto de la eficiencia energética.

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  4. ANSI OKs 3 SCTE Standards

    The American National Standards Institute has approved three SCTE standards, one on coaxial cable and two on energy efficiency. ANSI/SCTE ...

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    Fri, 14 Oct 2016

  1. 2016 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Wrap Up - Broadband Technology Report

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    Wed, 12 Oct 2016

  2. 2016 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Wrap Up - Broadband Technology Report

    Whether you couldn't make it to Cable-Tec this year or want to see if you missed anything while you were there, you'll want to join BTR editors Stephen Hardy and Ron Hendrickson as they reveal their picks for the most important happenings at the show. They'll cover announcements, emerging trends, ...

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    Wed, 12 Oct 2016

  3. BTR Tech Breakfast: DOCSIS What Have We Learned

    At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, BTR and a panel of industry experts, including special guest speaker Jorge Salinger, VP of Access Architecture at Comcast, examined the lessons learned from the first deployments of DOCSIS 3.1 and also looked ahead to future plans, including wider deployment and the ...

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    Wed, 5 Oct 2016

  4. Huawei trabaja con sus socios de Telefónica de Perú para la expansión de DOCSIS 3.1

    Huawei dice que está trabajando con Telefónica de Perú para construir una red de banda ancha convergente compatible con DOCSIS 3.1. La red ofrecerá acceso tanto coaxial como de fibra (FTTH) hasta el hogar y permitirá a los suscriptores en el Perú recibir los servicios de 1 Gbps.

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    Wed, 5 Oct 2016

  5. Harmonic presenta el CCAP basado en software

    HLIT) ha presentado el sistema CableOS, una solución de CCAP basada en software. CableOS cuenta con un servidor central CMTS basado ..... espacio y energà a hasta en un 75 % en una implementación de CCAP centralizado o en más de un 90 % en una implementaciÃ

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    Wed, 5 Oct 2016

  6. Cisco Talks CCAP , Virtualization

    BTR Technical Correspondent Ana Berry speaks with Cisco's Daniel Etman, director of product marketing, cable access business unit, about the company's product strategy and vision. Topics covered include the cBR-8 CCAP , virtualization, remote PHY, and ways to reduce total cost of ownership.

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    Wed, 5 Oct 2016

  7. Harmonic Intros Software-Based CCAP

    Harmonic (NASDAQ:HLIT) has introduced the CableOS system, a software-based CCAP solution. CableOS features a software-based CMTS ...

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    Sat, 1 Oct 2016

  8. Huawei Aims to Expand DOCSIS Spectrum

    Huawei unveiled a DOCSIS prototype intended to support a downstream rate of 25 Gbps and a series of E2E solutions. The DOCSIS prototype ...

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    Sat, 1 Oct 2016

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