The theme of this year’s SCTE was “Raising the Bar.”
We’ve been busy trying to do exactly that at CommScope.
At the show, we made three important product
announcements that demonstrate just how serious we are about giving
our customers choice in designing tomorrow’s leading networks. Concurrently, we
announced our cutting-edge work with Liberty Global to develop Europe’s first
Gigabit Cities, as well as our collaboration with Wyandotte Cable to deliver
Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services in Michigan.
This progress resonated in the many conversations we had around network
evolution at SCTE. Indeed, the future of service provider networks, all around
the world, is set along a path to 10G. Eventually, they’re all going to get
there. But how they do it, and how soon, is one of the biggest determinants in how
the market will change.
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's Kevin Keefe explains how you can get on the path to 10G.
Speed + Capacity + Latency
A huge trend we’re seeing in this space is the concurrent demand
for higher speeds, greater total capacity, and improved latency. As our CTO
Morgan Kurk said recently, “It’s the new normal.” It’s not enough for networks
to deliver faster speeds; they must be prepared to deliver them at scale and
with the lower latency to handle time-sensitive applications (think: medical
diagnostics and self-driving cars).
To do all this, operators will need to invest in all parts of the
network—from Access Technology (HFC plant) to DOCSIS and PON (passive optical
networking) networks, video networks, and software management tools. That’s where
CommScope comes in, and it’s where we’re poised to guide our customers through
Since coming together in April, we have proved the tremendous
advantage of combining technology leadership from CommScope, ARRIS, and Ruckus
in service of our customers. Our portfolio aligns very well with the broad
range of new development across distributed access architecture (DAA), virtualization,
managed Wi-Fi®, and data center initiatives.
In the Access Technologies business, we’re working to expand the
bandwidth of cable from the 1.2 GHz that’s being deployed today to 1.8 GHz and
beyond. This requires next-generation amplifiers, optical nodes, and taps,
and has the potential to change the capacity of cable networks
The cable modem termination system (CMTS) and passive
optical network (PON) teams have been innovating new techniques to
balance the asymmetry of cable networks. Traditional cable networks have
much more downstream bandwidth than upstream, and for 10G to support future
network applications, that needs to come closer to parity. We’ve been demonstrating
several new technologies to help improve upstream bandwidth, including the dynamic
soft Frequency Division Duplex (FDD)
capability that we recently announced.
Additionally, the general network architectures are changing. With
network migrations, operators are faced with the challenge of moving much of
the network intelligence further out into the networks while simultaneously
migrating headends from custom-built hardware platforms over to commercial
servers running virtual programs. While, over time, these migrations will speed
up networks and enhance deployments, during the initial design and
implementation phase, they will be very complex. This is where our CommScope Professional
Services team is coming in to help operators design, plan, and implement these
And the focus isn’t just on the consumer services side. We’ve also launched a
managed Wi-Fi services initiative to help our partners serve their business
customers. We’re employing Ruckus products to provide design, installation, and
activation services for Wi-Fi networks. In addition to Wi-Fi, we are also
providing turnkey network management services so our cable customers can offer
business services using software-defined wide area networks
(SD-WAN). SD-WAN is a disruptive technology that replaces traditional IP
routers with cloud-implemented network management and is a key area of focus
for our Professional Services team.
We also have several customer engagements where the combination of
ARRIS and CommScope can do more than we could as separate companies. A
good example is sports venues and stadiums, where CommScope is providing the
physical cabling and networking hardware, but our Network & Cloud segment
is also providing Wi-Fi, networking equipment, and installation services.
Together, we can provide a comprehensive solution at a better value than our
Finally, we’re working with hyper-scalers—the world’s largest operators of data
centers--to provide services and to upgrade network components to ensure that
their data centers can continue to grow rapidly and efficiently.
Looking ahead, we’re very focused on providing the best support
for our customers while enabling their success through their existing
investments. We’re raising the bar, by offering efficient and dependable
innovation that can deliver important gains today while scaling to their networks of the future.