White Papers & Special Reports

Cable Telephony: The Future is Calling

August 27, 2014 The cable industry made a remarkable move years ago when it took on the telcos and began to offer voice services. Today, it is a powerhouse with a telephony infrastructure that arguably is superior to the telcos'. It is a platform capable of seamlessly delivering voice, video and data. It is time, however, for the industry to renew and upgrade its telephony network. It's not a s...

The Rise of the Software-Empowered Video Operator, Part II

August 12, 2014 To accommodate the integration of more virtualized, cloud-based components within the deployment environment, a new wave of exciting technology innovation is happening. The landscape is bright for best-of-breed vendors that have proven component integration points with other members of a deployment ecosystem. Single-vendor monolithic video solutions are heading towards certain ob...
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LATAM Cable and Broadband: Ready for Primetime?

August 7, 2014 BTR’s Monta Hernon walks our readers through the the opportunities and challenges in the Latin American market as it pertains to cable deployment. With free-to-air programming very popular and fairly high quality, Pay TV operators must go above and beyond in order to get their “fair share.” In this special report, Monta reviews: OTT 4K and HEVC Increasing ARPU Increasing penetr...
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Transport & Ethernet Solutions

August 1, 2014 VeEX offers a complete test and measurement solution portfolio for Core, Transport and Metro networks, providing tools to verify every step of the process. Whether it is Fiber Optics, CWDM/DWDM, SDH/SONET, High-speed Ethernet, OTN or Synchronization, VeEX has the right set of tools for: Feasibility/Network Engineering, Construction, Installation, Bringing into Service/Verificatio...
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Blazing a Trail to DOCSIS 3.1

July 31, 2014 Cable operators can never rest on their laurels – or their old standards. DOCSIS 3.0 is fast, of course. But its competitors – armed with high speed fiber-to-the-home platforms – have made it necessary to speed things up even further. The industry has obliged with DOCSIS 3.1. The newest version of the standard is on the fast track: Testing and early deployments are likely next ye...

Revolutionizing Metro Ethernet Networks

July 10, 2014 The increased adoption of cloud technology and applications is having a significant impact on metro networks.  But it is the nature of this traffic that causes more issues than the sheer volume. Bandwidth is now driven by applications, which have changed how bandwidth is created, how it is used, when it is generated and where it originates, making it far less predictable and...
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HEVC: New Tools, New Challenges

June 26, 2014 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is the next step in video compression. Cable operators will use it in two ways: To make nascent bandwidth-intensive services feasible and to squeeze more of today’s HD and SD channels into a given amount of bandwidth. In this special report, Broadband Technology Report asked leading thinkers in the HEVC sector to set the landscape: How will th...

Managing the challenges of UHF leakage and interference to LTE

June 19, 2014 For decades cable operators have managed signal leakage by monitoring in or near the 108-137 MHz VHF aeronautical band. A relatively new problem has cropped up over the past three years or so: Signal leakage in the UHF spectrum, causing interference to long term evolution (LTE) services. Signal leakage at higher frequencies is more common than many assume, and its impact clearly ...

Traveling Money: Upgrade Field Force and Fleet Management

May 30, 2014 It is technically possible to separate field force and fleet management: One focuses on how techs do their jobs and the other on vehicle and routing issues. But to a great extent it is a distinction without a difference. Much of the life of a cable system is lived on the highways and byways, not in the corporate office or even the headend. There simply are no more important tools...

Using Your Workforce to Deliver Superior Service to Your Customers

May 27, 2014 Imagine your company on the cover of a major publication under the headline “Kings of Customer Service”—looks great, doesn't it? But have you thought about how your organization could realistically achieve this? Welcome to the future of mobile workforce management for Communications Service Providers. This special industry edition features: - A detailed look at the changes within...
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Three Questions with Comcast's Mark Francisco

August 19, 2014

Comcast's Engineering Fellow, Mark Francisco, chats with BTR's Ron Hendrickson about 4K/UltraHD: what impact it's likely to have on cable, how to plan for it, and some potential future applications of the technology.

Challenges in the field testing of DOCSIS 3.1

July 30, 2014

Watch Trilithic’s video addressing challenges in the field testing of DOCSIS 3.1

Guarding against leakage impacting LTE

June 17, 2014

This video is part of our guarding against leakage impacting LTE best practices report. 

Three Questions with Time Warner Cable’s Matt Haines

June 11, 2014

Time Warner Cable's vice president for cloud engineering and operations, Matt Haines, chats with BTR's Ron Hendrickson about cloud technology: what it is and isn't, network functions virtualization, SDN, and some of TWC's cloud initiatives.

TVC Delivers Precision Test Equipment and Quality Tools from Greenlee Communications

June 6, 2014

Accuracy, reliability, quality. That’s why Greenlee tools and test equipment are considered “industry-standards.” Simple – Greenlee offers superior accuracy with their testers and quality in their tools – best of all, Greenlee’s full line of products are available from TVC Communications.

BTR Blogs

Ron Hendrickson, Managing Editor

Gigabit: Lots of Talk, not Much Walk ... Yet


Announcements about gigabit-speed broadband service, mostly fiber-based, have been rolling in by the truckload lately, and at first blush, it ...

Carl Weinschenk

MSOs and OTT: Best of 'Frien-emies'


The general sense is that the intense competition between cable operators and over-the-top (OTT) providers is starting to give way to a ...

Mark Johnson, Alticast

Guest Blog: RDK Application Framework Considerations

06/18/2014 Cable operator enthusiasm for the Reference Design Kit (RDK) is growing dramatically -  and rightly so -  as major operators in North America ...

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VeEx TX300s


September 10, 2014 The VePAL TX300s is a multi-service test and measurement solution for OTN, SDH, SONET, PDH, DSn, mobile backhaul, and sync...
Charter Communications

Charter Inks Data Warehouse Deal

September 2, 2014 Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR) has signed an agreement with management and technology consulting firm Sense Corp to ...
Casa Systems

Casa Scores in Ecuador

September 2, 2014 TVCable Ecuador had selected Casa Systems' platform for a second phase six-city expansion project. TVCable had previously ...


Guest Blog: RDK Application Framework Considerations

By Mark Johnson, Alticast

Cable operator enthusiasm for the Reference Design Kit (RDK) is growing dramatically - and rightly so - as major operators in North America and Europe are in various stages of deploying RDK-based set-top boxes. The advantages of RDK are numerous...


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Featured Hangout

Goal! How Comcast Met The Challenge of Live Streaming The World Cup To Subscriber Devices

August 27, 2014

This live video chat with Vito Forlenza, Senior Director, TV Everywhere Content & Product Strategy for Comcast Cable, and BTR editor Ron Hendrickson will examine how the Comcast team brought the World Cup to the mobile world, and successfully deployed hundreds of thousands of streams to their subscribers' devices.