Cable operators find themselves at an interesting inflection point in their history. Since they first started out as ‘Community Antenna Televison’ operators, they have successfully expanded their business well beyond their original role as providers of residential video services. Today’s cable operator typically delivers a full-on bundle of ‘triple-play’ services, and many are moving aggressively into wireless services. In markets such as in North America, cable operators are the leading providers of residential broadband services. Some operators are now developing content as well as delivering it, while others have established strong footholds in the business services market.
Still, the winds of change are relentless and constantly placing new demands on cable operators. Consumer expectations are shifting away from scheduled TV programming toward on-demand streaming media. People increasingly expect to be able to access their applications and content anytime, anywhere. These changes are just the start as developments in 5G , Cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT) will require cable operators to continually evolve their businesses and networks in order to grow.
What does the cable operator of the future look like, and what is the path to that future? That is the subject, broadly speaking, that is being explored at INTX 2016, the Internet and Television Expo (the successor to other big cable events such as NCTA, or ‘The Western Show’ if you go back as far as I do). This annual event brings together the leading players in the cable world, from operators to content providers to vendors – including Nokia – to explore the future of the cable business.
I know that for some, our participation in this event may come as a surprise – Nokia is not a brand that has historically been associated with cable operators. Since the combination with Alcatel-Lucent, however, Nokia has assumed a decade-plus history as a supplier – to most of the leading cable operators in North America and Europe, and to a growing list of operators in the Asia Pacific region and Latin America – of a wide array of networking technologies and applications. With the shift in cable service delivery toward carrier-grade IP, wireless, the Cloud, Big Data analytics and SDN/NFV– areas where the new Nokia has inherent strengths – we are becoming more and more relevant to cable operators than ever before.
At INTX, we’re demonstrating a variety of innovative solutions and technologies for the cable operator of the future, including:
- A comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end wireless solutions geared specifically toward cable operators
- Innovative solutions to help cable operators expand in the business services market
- Solutions for the Smart Home and IoT
- A new innovation from Nokia Bell Labs called XG-Cable that supports 10 Gbps symmetrical data speeds (uplink and downlink) over the hybrid fiber coax (HFC) lines traditionally used by cable operators
- Nokia innovations in Virtual Reality content development (including our OZO VR camera)
Visit Nokia in Booth 556 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA, May 16-18 to learn how Nokia is helping cable operators bring the future forward, faster.
Can’t make it to Boston for INTX 2016? Check out our Cable page to learn more and read the press release: Nokia Bell Labs achieves world’s first 10 Gbps symmetrical data speeds over traditional cable access networks
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