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Technicolor's James Burns Describes How Migration to DOCSIS 3.1 Can Be Tailored to Regional Cable Operator Market Dynamics

James Burns - Technicolor
"Moving from the DOCSIS 3.0 generation into this DOCSIS 3.1 generation can be executed with a smooth migration plan as opposed to a forklift"

DENVER - Oct. 19, 2017 - Rezul -- CABLE-TEC EXPO 2017 – In the race to feed the need for speed demanded by consumers, DOCSIS 3.1 offers cable providers an opportunity to offer subscribers gigabit performance that competes effectively with fiber technologies.  Moreover, operators can choose from a wide array of migration strategies depending on market conditions in the regions they serve, says James Burns, Principal Solutions Architect for Broadband Connected Home for Technicolor, in a podcast interview for journalists, during the SCTE 2017 show in Denver this week.

"Moving from the DOCSIS 3.0 generation into this DOCSIS 3.1 generation can be executed with a smooth migration plan as opposed to a forklift," says Burns.  "As this happens, cable operators will see how DOCSIS 3.1 is adaptable across the downstream spectrum. It's able to work around local interference that might be present much more effectively than previous versions of DOCSIS were able to do."

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From a migration standpoint, Burns says that operators can continue to deploy with DOCSIS 3.0 technology, but for a full migration, there are some changes that are going to be required for their outside plant.

"Specifically, the amplifiers and diplexers need to be changed to allow for more upstream bandwidth, which is one of the key benefits to DOCSIS 3.1 – it provides a return path that will approach 1 gigabit in terms of data speed – which is far better than what's offered today with the very limited spectrum that the operators in the US and Canada have available in their current return path," he explains.

Further, it will allow operators to make much more efficient use of the spectrum than they have available.  And since DOCSIS 3.1 is backwards compatible with DOCSIS 3.0, it allows migration to occur over months or years, depending on the desired timeline and consumer demand.

Technicolor is providing in-house customer training for cable operators interested in gaining a better operational understanding of DOCSIS 3.1 and to get insights on how to trouble-shoot issues during the migration process.

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"It's important for operators to have an approach to DOCSIS 3.1 that goes beyond fixing problems as they arise...but to establish an overall understanding of the migration process to ensure seamless adoption."

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