Network speed affects the devices your customers use—from gaming consoles to home-theater PCs. For many networks, a fast Ethernet connection does the job when transferring ordinary files, but when it comes to streaming a high-definition movie to your living room, it can be painfully slow. This is why cable operators have been investing in and building out their infrastructures to support faster Internet speeds—with gigabit-speed networks the new frontier. More
The nation’s fifth largest cable operator, Mediacom Communications, plans to upgrade its 22-state footprint by the end of the year using next-generation DOCSIS, or version 3.1. The new telecommunications standard enables cable multiservice operators to provide the same high-speed (10 Gbps) broadband connections over their existing hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) infrastructures that fiber to the home (FTTH) offers its users.
Comcast and other cable operators deploying DOCSIS are doing so because of 3.1’s backward compatibility with DOCSIS 3.0, meaning that existing HFC cable lines gain high-speed broadband with the switch—no digging required. More
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat” could be the motto for cable operators in the midst of significant network overhauls. Some operators are deploying Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) equipment, others are reclaiming spectrum or otherwise prepping their infrastructure for DOCSIS 3.1, while still others are putting in new fiber-optic cable.
Some industry analysts say “half full,” others say “half empty” when it comes to cord-cutting/shaving in the pay-TV space. The latest projections—from eMarketer—tend to agree with the former point of view, while more apocalyptic assessments fail to hold sway.
This is good news for cable operators. More
DOCSIS 3.1 is an expansion of the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) standard that can stretch even more bandwidth out of existing HFC plants. As such, DOCSIS 3.1 implementations are allowing cable operators to compete on nearly equal footing with fiber installations. More
Cord-cutting isn’t solely based on price, but it doesn’t help that the average American has had to steadily increase payments for cable TV service for the past 20 years. This has made competing digital streaming services, from providers such as Netflix, Amazon.com and Hulu, all the more attractive—especially since younger viewers are just as comfortable watching shows on phones and tablets as they are watching them on TV.
In its latest report on average rates for cable programming service and equipment, released in October 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed that the average monthly rate for basic cable service rose by 2.3 percent over the 12 months ending Jan. 1, 2015. More
Cable TV operators are keeping the wolves at bay it seems with their latest initiatives to retain customers. A new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) shows that cord-cutting—cancelling cable TV subscriptions—was fairly stable in 2016 at 23 percent, compared to 21 percent last year. What’s more, a greater number of consumers (84 percent) anticipate keeping their pay-TV subscriptions for at least the year, compared to 70 percent in 2015. More
American consumers’ demand for wireless broadband (high-speed Internet access) is growing exponentially as the number of connected devices mushroom. The wireless airwaves, or spectrum, upon which these devices—from TV, radio and satellite to everyday products like garage door openers and baby monitors—rely, however, are a limited public resource.
Yet, U.S. citizens expect access to wireless connectivity for their data-hungry smartphones and tablets anywhere and anytime … to connect with friends and family, get their news, and even share real-time events. These devices eat up capacity; indeed, smartphones use 24 times more data than traditional cell phones, and tablets can consume 122 times more data than old traditional phones. More
Altice USA, formed by Dutch-based Altice Group after recent acquisitions of Cablevision and Suddenlink, is now the fourth largest U.S. cable operator. The company is bucking the system already by announcing it will use fiber to the home (FTTH), vs. Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.1, as its next-generation broadband access infrastructure. More
Cable operators still provide the majority (54 percent) of video-on-demand (VOD) services in the U.S., according to a 2016 survey report from the Video Advertising Bureau (VAB). Online services account for about 35 percent of all on-demand viewing, and satellite operators garner about 30 percent of consumption (more than one service provider could be selected). More