A Standardization Success Story

By Michael Garramone and David Ririe – The fruits of our labors were later seen with our FTTH and CCAP deployments, and will now be realized with DAA. This has put us in prime position for the next step, everybody’s favorite buzzword, automation. We have a new organization focused on maintenance verification, software upgrades, customer provisioning, and among other things, compliance standards.

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Will Smart Robots Automate OSP Maintenance?

By Ray Thomas – The time has come for the use of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to maintain the outside coaxial cable network. Robotics technology has developed well beyond what would be required for a product that is specialized for cable outside plant (OSP) maintenance. Artificial intelligence is also well advanced and capable of guiding an autonomous robotic unit, which we shall refer to as the “OSP-bot.”

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Reflections on Automation in Testing

By Ray Thomas – As test equipment has gotten “smarter” through the addition of automated measurement routines, does the flip side of the coin mean that techs’ understanding of basic electronics theory is being negatively affected? An executive at a large search engine company has speculated in public that the ability to search online for easy answers to life’s questions was dumbing people down.

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Crawl, Walk, Run to Network Transformation – DOCSIS 3.1

By David Ririe and Chris Topazi – Having recently completed our initial deployments of DOCSIS 3.1 OFDM on our CCAP platform here at Cox, our team took a few moments to take a deep breath and reflect on what has occurred over the past two years. We thought that sharing our reflections on the successes we have had, the challenges we have faced and overcome, and our view of what the future may hold, would be of interest to those planning to journey down a similar path.

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Scalar Testing (Part ONE)

By H. Mark Bowers – In my last column we examined digital QAM testing requirements under present FCC Part 76 Rules and ANSI/SCTE 40 2003 Requirements. In this column we’ll begin an examination of scalar testing and why it’s important in the HFC network.

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