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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. The Smart Money's on Smart Home

    The rise of smart home technologies and their adoption is one of the safer bets to come out of the CES show floor in Las Vegas last week. Let's take a look at some of the smart home-related news that ...

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  3. Comcast Aims to Make Smart Homes Smarter, Greener

    At the Smart Home Marketplace at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) announced a partnership between Xfinity Home and ...

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  4. NETGEAR Intros Comcast-OK'd DOCSIS 3.0, 3.1 Retail Modems

    At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NETGEAR (NASDAQ:NTGR) has introduced two Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA)-approved retail modems, one in DOCSIS ...

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  1. Comcast Previewing 'Digital Home' at CES

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    Wed, 4 Jan 2017

  2. ARRIS Gateways Getting McAfee Security

    ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) announced the ARRIS Secure Home Gateway portfolio. The gateway portfolio will embed the McAfee Secure Home ...

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    Wed, 4 Jan 2017

  3. Qorvo, ubisys Team on Smart Home Chip

    Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) and ubisys, a smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) company, have developed a gateway solution intended to allow ...

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    Wed, 4 Jan 2017

  4. Celeno, Airgain Collaborate on Gigabit WiFi Ref Design

    Celeno Communications and Airgain (NASDAQ:AIRG), a provider of embedded antenna technologies for wireless networking, have entered into ...

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    Tue, 3 Jan 2017

  5. MaxLinear at CES: CPE Ref Designs, MoCA Deals

    At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, MaxLinear (NYSE:MXL) is announcing several deals and collaborations, including CPE reference designs and MoCA ...

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    Tue, 3 Jan 2017

  6. BTR's Top 10 of 2016: DOCSIS 3.1 Dominates

    Here are BTR's top 10 stories of 2016, as chosen by you, our readers. Besides being the most-viewed stories on our site this year, these also indicate what was most important and/or interesting to cable's tech community in 2016.

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  7. Hitron Modem Gets DOCSIS 3.1 Cert

    Hitron Technologies says its CODA-45 modem, powered by Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) Puma 7 chipset, has received DOCSIS 3.1 certification from ...

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  8. ADB Joins Open Source Group

    ADB has joined the prpl Foundation, an open source non-profit organization focused on next-generation connected devices. ADB and the prpl ...

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    Tue, 15 Nov 2016

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