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As broadband networks continue to migrate away from older technology such as copper and transition to new solutions like wireless and fiber to the home, the industry and our customers are realizing more exciting new opportunities for IP network services than ever before. Yet, it’s challenging, too: Selling new services to customers – there’s revenue potential,…

Expanding broadband services to new markets often requires new operations maturity. Maintaining a high-quality customer experience is critical to this expansion process, and keeping your network healthy is key. Unfortunately, staffing a highly qualified NOC is a huge expense that accounts for the vast majority of cost to provide services. Outsourcing this service to the…

Executive SummaryAt first glance, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) may seem like redundant terms for the same thing: virtualizing network elements using commodity servers and switches to lower costs and simplify operations. But they are separate technologies, complimentary in many ways, but unique in origin, purpose and function. What is SDN?SDN…

IntroductionToday’s broadband carrier is tasked with maximizing revenue, while also reducing cost to keep pace in a changing business marketplace. It’s critically important in an environment where next generation IP-based services generally have smaller margins than legacy TDM services. These tasks are achievable, but you must know where to look. Both revenue and cost reduction…

What is Next-Gen Gigabit Wi-Fi? As broadband carriers expand bandwidth capabilities to residential and small- to medium-sized business customers up to a full Gigabit, Wi-Fi technology must follow suit for end users to reap the full benefit of all that bandwidth. Fortunately, next-generation Wi-Fi, officially known as 802.11ac or Gigabit Wi-Fi, is enabling complete end-to-end…

Executive Summary 802.11ac is the emerging IEEE wireless networking standard that could change broadband service businesses significantly. While this may come in part through higher capacity and higher performance outside plant wireless access networks, the real game-changer for many providers will be inside their customers’ homes. At up to 1.3 Gbps bandwidth, 802.11ac brings wireless…