Network Interoperability: The Secret Sauce to Cable’s IP Success

Addressing subscribers’ expectations for video content delivered anywhere at anytime has prompted a massive growth in video traffic, further driving cable operators and service providers to make the shift to an IP video delivery system. When migrating to IP, the success relies on ensuring network interoperability among all the existing and new hardware and software components.

Like an elaborate symphony, equipment and technology from multiple vendors and different environments must work together in perfect harmony. If not achieved, the penalty is delaying new service deployments, increasing costs or, ultimately, delivering a poor service to the end-user.

Having a “safe” place to test interoperability is not simple. To address this challenge, Edgeware recently announced that CableLabs’ IPTV Innovations Lab, located in Colorado, is hosting Edgeware’s Video Consolidation Platform (VCP) for operators to test interoperability among multiple components of an IP video delivery network in its lab facility.

You can read more about this announcement here.

Internet + Television + Expo = INTX

Since NCTA’s move from The Cable Show to INTX, many have been left wondering, what exactly will this year’s show encompass?

As the IoT has taken off recently, there have been more opportunities to integrate apps into the overall cable video experience. As a result, NCTA has shifted the focus of the show to encompass the growing digital landscape throughout the industry as opposed to just cable. This year’s event will bring the two even closer together to cover the latest happenings in OTT, wireless integration and overall operations.

Here are a few things to expect at this year’s show:

  • The show floor, now called INTX marketplace will feature about 300 exhibitors. The area has been “reimagined,” and will feature “boulevards, plazas and circles” at various “intersections.”
  • In addition to keynote discussions among top industry executives, the annual Spring Technical Forum will dive deeper into tech than it has in previous years. The lineup consists of 43 technical papers that will be presented at eight different sessions.
  • NCTA will also sponsor a 24-hour hackathon, INTXHAK, which will challenge developers to create apps from scratch using the latest APIs, tools, data and content from a huge list of today’s leading tech, media and entertainment companies.

Will you be attending this year’s show? Let us know in the comments below.