Tim Gropp Inducted to Cable Pioneers Class of 2017

Tim Gropp and family

Tim Gropp and family at the Cable Pioneer’s banquet in Denver

Tim Gropp is the ARRIS Senior Vice President of Sales for Canada Cable, leads ARRIS Sales in Japan, and he is one of the newest members of the 2017 class of Cable TV Pioneers.

The Cable Pioneers organization recognizes industry leaders “who make significant contributions to the growth of our industry and our communities.” This year’s 20-person class will be the 51st annual, celebrated at the Cable Pioneer’s banquet in Denver, Colorado, prior to the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

Tim’s exemplary industry leadership, service, and success made him a prime candidate for induction into the Cable TV Pioneers. His career spans 30 years in the cable industry, supplying the solutions to deliver video, broadband, and voice services to millions of consumers around the world. He joined ARRIS in 2007 through its acquisition of C-COR, and quickly made his mark as an international sales leader, most recently directing the ARRIS team that helped build the future of Australia’s broadband with National Broadband Network, Co. (nbn), the government business enterprise tasked with delivering open access broadband network to all premises in Australia.

Tim also serves on the Board of Directors of Adaptive Spirit, leading the industry’s support of the U.S. Paralympic Downhill Skiing and Snowboard teams. Each year, with Tim on the Board, ARRIS has been the single largest contributor to the cause and has helped Adaptive Spirit raise approximately one million annually to cover the teams’ equipment, travel, and training. Internally, at ARRIS, Tim is a member of the ARRIS Sales Leadership executive team and the ARRIS Women’s Business Network, which supports the personal and professional development of ARRIS employees. Many of Tim’s mentees are now pursuing successful careers in the cable industry.

Tim joins a prestigious list of ARRIS employees and alumnae who are Cable Pioneers– Ron Coppock, Zenita Henderson, Jim Kuhns, Jim Lysaker, Alex Swan and Bob Stanzione.

Congratulations to Tim and to all the members of the 2017 class of Cable Pioneers!

Traffic Engineering in a Fiber Deep Gigabit World

By John Ulm, Engineering Fellow, ARRIS

By John Ulm, Engineering Fellow, ARRIS

The introduction of Gbps service is dramatically changing cable broadband. Many new innovations are finding their way into cable operators’ plants and many others are on the way. With DOCSIS® 3.1 deployments well underway and DOCSIS Full Duplex (FDX) on the horizon, operators have the promise of symmetric Gigabit services. At the same time, some operators are starting their migration to fiber deep networks while others are looking at Distributed Access Architectures (DAA) such as Remote PHY. All of this will have significant impact on the way operators manage their traffic engineering and network capacity planning.

During SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2017, at the session, “Traffic Engineering Optimization II,” I’ll be discussing the ramifications of these issues and the significant impact they will have on the way operators manage their traffic engineering and network capacity planning. Attendees at this session will also hear from Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director of Advanced Technology, Cox, and Dr. Claudio Righetti, Chief Scientist & Security, Cablevision S.A. Argentina.

As an industry, we need to re-evaluate and update our models, starting with an intimate understanding of customer bandwidth behavior. I will discuss our recent research in this area and show interesting results from live plants. For example, we have seen an extremely wide range in capacity utilization between different customers, even within the same service tier. I will also highlight the impact on Service Group (SG) performance, This deep understanding of customer bandwidth behavior then allowed us to develop a more QoE centric traffic engineering model that operators can use to guarantee user satisfaction.

Join us on Wednesday, October 18th at 10:45am MT in room 205/207.

What’s Next? Opportunities in Wi-Fi® with 60 GHz

By Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS.

By Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS.

Devices using Wi-Fi® for data communication encompass every area of technology, and consumers expect to be able to check the weather, stream video, and see who just rang the doorbell, all using almost ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage. In the future, new bandwidth-demanding applications will include virtual and augmented reality programming.

At SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2017, I’ll be speaking at the session, “Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi?” where we’ll explore the latest in home Wi-Fi technologies and how they interact with licensed spectrum. I’ll be presenting an overview of 60 GHz and WiGig, also known as 802.11ad, and compare testing results with simulations.

It’s an opportune time to discuss 60 GHz wireless since Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands is struggling with congestion in many environments, such as the outdoors, MDUs, and shared business offices. The 60 GHz band offers a wide bandwidth with little interference from other sources. It’s already in its second generation with transmitters and receivers that are more reliable due to improved multipath handling and better antenna arrays. That’s unlike the early 11ad/Wi-Gig/60 GHz systems, which have real performance issues – cutting out when anything went between the transmit and receive locations.

My presentation and white paper, co-authored with Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO of Customer Premises Equipment biz, also covers the upcoming, still in progress IEEE revision called 11ay. And it highlights some new features that will enable outdoor use cases for this versatile technology. When researching the topic, we discovered that installing 60 GHz Wi-Fi in the corner of the room gave the best coverage as opposed to “normal” Wi-Fi, which performs best in the center of a room.

I’ll be discussing these findings and more on October, 17th at 2:00 pm MT in room 102/104/106 at the Colorado Convention Center. I hope to see you there.

The Big Network Changes Coming with 1+ Gbps Service Environments of the Future

By Tom Cloonan, CTO, Networks, ARRIS

By Tom Cloonan, CTO, Networks, ARRIS

At SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2017, I’ll be on a panel discussing the types of changes network operators will need to make to deliver +1 Gbps services. Whether operating on HFC or PON or 5G infrastructures, for most operators, this change is part of their future. Since these higher-SLA services are not like past services, many network attributes and network operational procedures must be changed to accommodate the new bandwidth levels.

Operators are beginning to deploy (or considering the deployment of) 1+ Gbps services, and these services will dramatically change the demands on the HFC plant and the supporting headend access equipment. As my co-authors and I examined this issue and scribed an accompanying white paper, we discovered interesting and novel ways to reduce the bandwidth stress on different pieces of access equipment by changing the way in which Linear IP Video is delivered to subscribers.

The most common misconception is that it is easy to switch on 1+ Gbps services. In reality, work and planning are important components to a successful 1+ Gbps service rollout. Traffic engineering is an important area that will definitely be impacted by the arrival of Gbps services, because many of the traditional rules of thumb and formulae that have worked well for years may no longer be valid.

I hope you can join me for what should be a very insightful discussion, “Traffic Engineering Optimization I” on October 17th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm MT in room 205/207. This session will explore many of these upcoming changes, with a focus on bandwidth consumption trends vs. billboard bandwidth trends, new traffic engineering strategies, minimum bandwidth levels and channel count in DOCSIS® 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1, and more.

ARRIS: Speaking Sessions at 2017 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

If you are planning to attend SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo next week in Denver, be sure to check out our experts. From “evolving the network” to “future services and technologies,” our experts will cover the latest trends and look ahead to what’s next for the industry. Below is a full schedule of ARRIS speakers and presentations throughout the week. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ARRIS for live updates.

Tuesday, October 17th

Remote PHY Seminar

• 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Hear the Why, What, How, and When perspectives on the benefits of Remote PHY from an impressive line-up of industry leaders with Tom Cloonan (Rooms 401/402)

Track: Future Services and Technologies

• 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi? with Carol Ansley (Rooms 102/104/106)

Track: Evolved Network – Wireline and Wireless

• 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Traffic Engineering Optimization with Tom Cloonan (Rooms 205/207)

• 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM: Fixed Mobile Coverage with Charles Cheevers (Rooms 108/110/112)

Wednesday, October 18th

Track: Customer Journey

• 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Machine Learn from Both the Plant and the Home with Gary Cunha (Rooms 201/203)

Track: Evolved Network – Wireline and Wireless

• 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Traffic Engineering Optimization II with John Ulm (Rooms 205/207)

SCTE•ISBE Annual Awards Luncheon

• 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Keynote Panel with Bruce McClelland, CEO, ARRIS (Convention Center – Mile High Ballroom)

Innovation Theater

• 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Navigating America’s Coming Broadband Cybergeddon with Michael Emmendorfer (Innovation Theater)

Thursday, October 19th

Track: Cloud and Virtualization

• 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: The Journey From vCCAP to vHUB moderated by Tom Cloonan (Rooms 102/104/106)

Track: Evolved Network—Wireline and Wireless

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: D3.1 Technology Advancement I with Ayham Al-Banna (Rooms 205/207)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: D3.1 Technology Advancement I with Venk Mutalik (Rooms 205/207)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: The Impact of HFC-Wireless Convergence with Hugo Amaral Ramos (Rooms 109/111/113)

• 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: FDX DOCSIS®—How It Works and How to Get There with Jeff Howe (Rooms 205/207)

Track: Future Services and Technologies

• 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Enhancing the Interactive Experience with Charles Cheevers (Rooms 103/105)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: How Services and Analytics Are Driving Future Network Design moderated by Tom Cloonan (Rooms 102/104/106)

• 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi? with Mark Bugajski (Rooms 201/203)

Friday, October 20th

Track: Cloud and Virtualization

• 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Upgrading Video and Cloud Through SDN moderated by David Grubb (Rooms 201/203)

• 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Upgrading Video and Cloud Through SDN with Srini Akklala (Rooms 201/203)

Track: Evolved Network—Wireline and Wireless

• 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: IP Architecture Solutions for a New Generation of Devices with Jeffrey Tyre (Rooms 109/111/113)

Driving the Future of Communications and Entertainment: ARRIS Gears up for the 2017 SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo

SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017 is upon us! It feels like only yesterday that we wrapped for SCTE 2016.  So much has happened in the last 12 months, and our industry is evolving rapidly: the only constant is change.

The theme of this year’s Expo – the Next Big… – is itself an indicator of that change and progress. It hints at the opportunity in front of all of us, and we are sure that everyone on the ground in Denver is going to walk away brimming with excitement for what’s next.

ARRIS – Driving the Future of Communications and Entertainment

We know change; in fact, we’ve led a lot of it for our industry. The growing demands for bandwidth, services and experiences are creating new challenges and putting pressure on existing infrastructure. In response, ARRIS is designing and delivering state-of-the-art technologies, products and solutions that will enable the next-generation networks that service providers need to meet subscriber requirements.

We are developing broadband and Wi-Fi® technologies that connect consumers at multi-gigabit speeds. We are helping service providers unleash the power of cutting-edge platforms like Distributed Access Architectures to build better networks. We are investing in new technological areas, like CBRS, to reinforce our offering. And we are delivering new solutions that help service providers deliver the constant connectivity that their customers desire.

The future is coming fast, and ARRIS is always looking ahead.

CEO and Expert Panels, Plus More!

As you’d expect, the ARRIS team will once again be making a big splash. Our CEO, Bruce McClelland, is participating in an exclusive, invitation-only CEO panel, where Jeff Baumgartner, editor of Multichannel News will engage Bruce and Dave Watson, President and CEO of Comcast Cable, in a discussion on the current and future state of the industry. Want to know what’s coming next? Join Bruce, Dave and Jeff at the Annual Awards Luncheon, Wednesday October 18th, at the Mile High Ballroom.

Our team of experts will be joining a variety of panels, examining key issues in the cable industry. Be sure to check out ARRIS’s CTOs: Tom Cloonan discussing Traffic Engineering Optimization and Charles Cheevers’ panel on Enhancing the Interactive Experience. The full schedule is available on the Expo’s web site.

We’ll also be announcing exciting partnerships with some of the industry’s biggest names, and wowing conference-goers with first-looks at our latest innovations and inventions. But most importantly, we’ll be unveiling our vision for the future of communications, entertainment and cable technology.

The Next Big….Demo’!

At our booth, we’ll be demo’ing an excellent array of new solutions including….

  • Flexible Architecture: We’ll be showcasing our next-generation Gigabit flexible deployment technologies. Solutions that allow operators to start with common core elements in each of the major system areas affected – video delivery, broadband data services and the access infrastructure – and enable them to evolve as the operators’ needs change.
  • Video Core: Within our flexible architecture, we’re showing our video core delivery technology -  a virtualized set of functions that will support video delivery (program streams and VOD) needs for IP video and QAM.
  • HomeAssure™: We’ll be showcasing one of the most comprehensive sets of tools for delivering a best-in-class, residential  Wi-Fi experience. The Wi-Fi connected home is the current customer service challenge; learn how our managed consumer-first solution can simplify the subscriber’s experience. Designed to deliver an extended, controlled and managed home network with mobile apps to minimize service and OPEX costs.
  • Service Provider Wi-Fi: Our pre-integrated carrier-class Wi-Fi solution provides a quick-to-market, pay-as-you-go approach to offering community and MDU Wi-Fi services.
  • HEVC End-to-End Delivery: Our ME-7000 converged compression platform is focused on the efficient delivery of high-quality linear broadcast video at HD, 4K and the leading HDR definitions for content and service providers looking for an appliance solution that is more powerful and space/power-efficient than a software-based approach.
  • User Experience Set-Top Platforms: Come see the latest generation of hardware combined with key middleware platforms to support the next generation of flexible service delivery and UHD, HD and OTT video services.

See ARRIS – and meet Xfinity Series Champion NASCAR driver, Daniel Suarez – at booth #1595!

Please be sure to stop by the ARRIS booth, #1595 where, alongside ARRIS’s excellent innovations, you’ll find the #19 ARRIS NASCAR race car on display. Driver and Xfinity Series Champion, Daniel Suárez, will also be doing a meet and greet on Thursday afternoon.

See you in Denver!

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