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Proactive Network Maintenance Working Group for Cable Broadband Networks Established

May 8, 2017 By Molly White in

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its international arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), have created the Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM) Working Group. Couched within the SCTE-ISBE Standards Program, the new working group aims to establish proactive network maintenance standards, according to a news release.

More specifically, the new PNM Working Group intends to standardize new PNM technology for field operations, including:

  • A holistic PNM solution that focuses across all types of access and in-home networks, including DOCSIS®, wireless, optical, and in-home wired, such as MoCA®
  • Consistent guidelines and tools across all networks; and
  • A common framework and architecture that accelerates operational use of PNM metrics.
  • In order to realize its goals more quickly and effectively, the SCTE-ISBE PNM Working Group will align its efforts to provide operational practices, guidelines and training with CableLabs, the cable industry’s R&D collective.

Proactive Network Maintenance

“CableLabs has been developing and testing new PNM technologies and use cases,” pointed out Chris Bastian, SCTE-ISBE senior vice president and CTO.  “Our new PNM Working Group will expedite the introduction of these new PNM solutions that improve employee and customer experiences, as well as the performance, functionality, and economics of all types of MSO access and in-home networks.”

Added CableLabs’ VP of wired technologies Curtis Knittle: “Preventive maintenance has been a guiding principle for a long time in cable, but consistently enacting a proactive culture requires more than tools and technology.

“The creation of the SCTE-ISBE Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM) Working Group brings together the research and tools developed by CableLabs and the operational experience of MSOs to ensure that art and science converge in a way that can translate to useful practices.”

Comcast Fellow and Distinguished Engineer and PNM expert Larry Wolcott will lead the PNM Working Group as its chairperson.

SCTE-ISBE provides a worldwide industry forum for the development of technical specifications and industry standards that support a growing variety of cable communications, including cable data and telephony, application platform development, digital video; Internet of Things, emergency alert systems, network monitoring systems; cables, connectors, and amplifiers; construction and maintenance practices; energy management; and other areas of interest, the industry organization highlights.