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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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Cable Steps Into the Clouds

May 1, 2014 The speed at which new services must be stood up is unprecedented. For this reason, the cloud is becoming central in MSO planning. It can help operators meet growing demand by increasing flexibility and making it easier to call in the cavalry in the form of specialized service providers – and it can do so in a way that emphasizes opex over capex.  But it is a work in progres...

CCAP: The Evolution of a Network

April 10, 2014 The Converged Cable Access Platform will afford the broadband operator a huge opportunity to not only eliminate duplicate engineering efforts across video and data, but also to reduce power and space requirements. With both at a premium, implementing CCAP has become an attractive prospect for cable operators. Studies have shown that savings in the 50-60% range for both rack space...
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Test, Measurement and Monitoring in Cable’s New World

March 27, 2014 It is obvious that the cable industry is changing with unprecedented speed. New services and new ways of delivering those services are emerging on a consistent basis. One thing remains the same, however: Operators must deliver what they promise reliably and without drama. This special multimedia report is sponsored by Applied Instruments, JDSU, Megger, Tektronix, Trilithic, Trive...

Automating Test Data Centers with ShellTest

March 18, 2014 Test labs and testing data centers constitute a massive investment for technology vendors, converged infrastructure solution providers, systems integrators, and service providers. This paper explores the case for test lab and data center automation, introduces the TestShell test and lab automation solution and its benefits, and reviews best practices for successfully automating c...
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Guarding against leakage impacting LTE

June 17, 2014

This video is part of our guarding against leakage impacting LTE best practices report. Download the eBook here.

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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.

Three Questions with Comcast Business' Mike Tighe

Three Questions with Comcast Business' Mike Tighe

May 28, 2014

Comcast Business' executive director of data services, Michael Tighe, chats with BTR's Ron Hendrickson about Ethernet as a growth engine, serving unconventional business customers, and the future role of Ethernet in the cable industry.

Three Questions with Cox's Kevin Hart

May 14, 2014

Cox Communications' executive vice president and CTO, Kevin Hart, chats with BTR’s Ron Hendrickson about smart home, business services and cloud technologies.

BTR Blogs

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 ...
Tim Hermes, BTR Founder and Publisher

I'm a Believer

06/11/2014 I guess it was 3D that made me sketchy. 3D's quiet fade-to-black was not really covered heavily by us media types. Maybe it will be back. But ...
Carl Weinschenk

Two Things You Can Get in Kansas City: Super Steaks and Super Broadband

05/28/2014 Google is picking its spots: It is highly unlikely that the company really wants to go into the broadband business across the country. It is far ...

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Guest Blog: RDK Application Framework Considerations

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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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Leakage, Ingress and Interference in Digital Cable Networks

March 13, 2014

Join us for BTR’s fourth Google Hangout – this time on UHF leakage and LTE interference – with Nick Segura (Charter) and Ron Hranac (Cisco).
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