What’s Next? Opportunities in Wi-Fi® with 60 GHz

By Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS.

By Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS.

Devices using Wi-Fi® for data communication encompass every area of technology, and consumers expect to be able to check the weather, stream video, and see who just rang the doorbell, all using almost ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage. In the future, new bandwidth-demanding applications will include virtual and augmented reality programming.

At SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2017, I’ll be speaking at the session, “Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi?” where we’ll explore the latest in home Wi-Fi technologies and how they interact with licensed spectrum. I’ll be presenting an overview of 60 GHz and WiGig, also known as 802.11ad, and compare testing results with simulations.

It’s an opportune time to discuss 60 GHz wireless since Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands is struggling with congestion in many environments, such as the outdoors, MDUs, and shared business offices. The 60 GHz band offers a wide bandwidth with little interference from other sources. It’s already in its second generation with transmitters and receivers that are more reliable due to improved multipath handling and better antenna arrays. That’s unlike the early 11ad/Wi-Gig/60 GHz systems, which have real performance issues – cutting out when anything went between the transmit and receive locations.

My presentation and white paper, co-authored with Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO of Customer Premises Equipment biz, also covers the upcoming, still in progress IEEE revision called 11ay. And it highlights some new features that will enable outdoor use cases for this versatile technology. When researching the topic, we discovered that installing 60 GHz Wi-Fi in the corner of the room gave the best coverage as opposed to “normal” Wi-Fi, which performs best in the center of a room.

I’ll be discussing these findings and more on October, 17th at 2:00 pm MT in room 102/104/106 at the Colorado Convention Center. I hope to see you there.

ARRIS: Speaking Sessions at 2017 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

If you are planning to attend SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo next week in Denver, be sure to check out our experts. From “evolving the network” to “future services and technologies,” our experts will cover the latest trends and look ahead to what’s next for the industry. Below is a full schedule of ARRIS speakers and presentations throughout the week. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ARRIS for live updates.

Tuesday, October 17th

Remote PHY Seminar

• 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Hear the Why, What, How, and When perspectives on the benefits of Remote PHY from an impressive line-up of industry leaders with Tom Cloonan (Rooms 401/402)

Track: Future Services and Technologies

• 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi? with Carol Ansley (Rooms 102/104/106)

Track: Evolved Network – Wireline and Wireless

• 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Traffic Engineering Optimization with Tom Cloonan (Rooms 205/207)

• 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM: Fixed Mobile Coverage with Charles Cheevers (Rooms 108/110/112)

Wednesday, October 18th

Track: Customer Journey

• 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Machine Learn from Both the Plant and the Home with Gary Cunha (Rooms 201/203)

Track: Evolved Network – Wireline and Wireless

• 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Traffic Engineering Optimization II with John Ulm (Rooms 205/207)

SCTE•ISBE Annual Awards Luncheon

• 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Keynote Panel with Bruce McClelland, CEO, ARRIS (Convention Center – Mile High Ballroom)

Innovation Theater

• 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Navigating America’s Coming Broadband Cybergeddon with Michael Emmendorfer (Innovation Theater)

Thursday, October 19th

Track: Cloud and Virtualization

• 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: The Journey From vCCAP to vHUB moderated by Tom Cloonan (Rooms 102/104/106)

Track: Evolved Network—Wireline and Wireless

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: D3.1 Technology Advancement I with Ayham Al-Banna (Rooms 205/207)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: D3.1 Technology Advancement I with Venk Mutalik (Rooms 205/207)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: The Impact of HFC-Wireless Convergence with Hugo Amaral Ramos (Rooms 109/111/113)

• 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: FDX DOCSIS®—How It Works and How to Get There with Jeff Howe (Rooms 205/207)

Track: Future Services and Technologies

• 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Enhancing the Interactive Experience with Charles Cheevers (Rooms 103/105)

• 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: How Services and Analytics Are Driving Future Network Design moderated by Tom Cloonan (Rooms 102/104/106)

• 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Checking the Signal: What’s Next in Wi-Fi? with Mark Bugajski (Rooms 201/203)

Friday, October 20th

Track: Cloud and Virtualization

• 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Upgrading Video and Cloud Through SDN moderated by David Grubb (Rooms 201/203)

• 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Upgrading Video and Cloud Through SDN with Srini Akklala (Rooms 201/203)

Track: Evolved Network—Wireline and Wireless

• 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: IP Architecture Solutions for a New Generation of Devices with Jeffrey Tyre (Rooms 109/111/113)


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The conference at this year’s ANGA COM will feature an impressive selection of ARRIS executives and experts, providing insights into some of our industry’s hottest topics: such as deploying DOCSIS® 3.1 for gigabit services; optimizing Wi-Fi; personalizing and monetizing TV; and what’s next for HFC (including Distributed Access Architectures such as Remote PHY and Full Duplex DOCSIS).

Below is a full schedule of ARRIS speakers and presentations. Visit us in Hall 7 at booth #G10 to see demos of our latest solutions that power the digital world.

Keep an eye here to find the latest updates on the show or follow us on Twitter @ARRIS for real-time updates and news.

Wednesday, May 31st

  • 10.00 -11.15: Wireless Convergence and Optimizing Wi-Fi Coverage (Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment)
  • 11.45-13.00: Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 – Challenge for Today’s HFC Networks? (Ayham Al-Banna, Engineering Fellow, CTO Office, Network Solutions)
  • 13.30-14.30: Gigabit Networks and New TV (Steve McCaffery, President, International Sales and Managing Director International Business Operations Group)
  • 15.00-16.15: Personalized TV: Product trends and monetization (Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO, EMEA)
  • 15.00-16.15: Realities of Deploying in Distributed Access Architectures (John Ulm, Engineering Fellow, CTO Office, Network Solutions)
  • 16.30-17.45: The Complete Story on Full Duplex DOCSIS (Tom Cloonan, CTO, Network Solutions)

*all times local Central European Time (CET)

ARRIS Speaks @ SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016

SCTE-ISBE_Cable-TecExpo2016_Logo_257x60The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016 is fast approaching, and there will be many opportunities to hear from ARRIS experts who can provide insights into the hottest topics in the cable industry.

ARRIS Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Bob Stanzione will join fellow industry leaders to share their vision of the future of the cable industry during the Opening Session. Industry experts, such as Jim Blackley, Executive VP, Engineering and IT, Charter Communications, Balan Nair, EVP and CTO of Liberty Global, and Zoran Stakic, EVP and CTO of Shaw Communications, will address trends, technology and operational issues impacting the industry.

ARRIS also is participating in 10 technical speaking sessions this year, spanning topics, such as virtual and augmented reality, DOCSIS 3.1® network readiness, machine learnings in network operations, and much more. Additionally, ARRIS experts will be moderating three panels during the Expo.

Below is a full schedule of ARRIS speakers and presentations throughout the week. Drop by our booth #1074 to see demos of our latest solutions transforming the future of entertainment and communications.

You can continue to find the latest updates on the show here and via our Twitter handle @ARRIS. Be sure to follow us to receive real-time updates and news from the Expo floor.

Monday, September 26

  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Advanced Encoding Meets IP Video Delivery (Sridhar Kunisetty, Distinguished Engineer)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Access Technology Energy: Changing the Equation (John Ulm, Fellow of the Technical Staff)

Tuesday, September 27

  • 9:45 – 10:30 am: Opening Session (Bob Stanzione, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board)
  • 10:45 – 11:45 am: Immersive Video Experiences (Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment)

Wednesday, September 28

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: Fiber Access Architecture Strategies (John Ulm, Fellow of Technical Staff)
  • 10:15 – 11:15 am: Service Activation and Management with SDN/NFV (Michael Emmendorfer, Senior Director of Solution Architecture and Strategy)
  • 10:15 – 11:15 am: Optimize This: IP Video (Bill Hanks, Director of Broadband Systems Engineering)
  • 2:00 – 2:30 pm: Innovation Theatre: Network Strategies CTO Tom Cloonan discusses the Future of the HFC Network with executives from Comcast and Cox
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm: To Multicast or Not to Multicast: It’s No Longer the Question! (Or Is It?) (Tushar Mathur, Senior Systems Engineer at CTO Office – Network Solutions)

Thursday, September 29

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: International Breakfast Panel sponsored by ARRIS: ARRIS International MD Steve McCaffery hosts a panel of international service providers and technologists Room 120 A_C
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm: Putting a Box Around Wi-Fi Performance – Characterizing Performance and Setting Expectations (Carol Ansley, Home Wi-Fi Optimization)
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm: The Power of Color (Dr. Sean McCarthy, Fellow of the Technical Staff)

*all times local ET*

ARRIS Demonstrations at SCTE


By Jonathan Ruff, Senior Director, Technical Marketing, ARRIS

Several big questions are top-of-mind for every service provider heading to SCTE next week:

  • How do we deliver Gigabit DOCSIS 3.1 services to our subscribers?
  • How can we make the Gigabit connected home more consistent with Wi-Fi, prepare for UHD over Wi-Fi, and create new services?
  • How do we make the Customer Experience more repeatable, reliable, and less reactive?
  • How can we implement a planned, evolutionary approach to an all-IP architecture with minimal impact to our subscribers?

ARRIS’s product managers and professional services experts will be answering these questions and more in daily demonstrations in our booth (#1074) under the following topics:


Our Gigabit Solution Wall will highlight our E6000 CER’s flexible deployment options and support for CCAP and Gigabit DOCSIS 3.1 services to subscribers over today’s HFC networks at distances of +70 miles. The E6000 provides multiple paths to bring fiber all the way to the home or premises, with hardware and software updates, integration of Remote PHY and Full-Duplex DOCSIS, and the ability to support Fiber Deeper technologies—like RFoG, Node PON and EPON.


Our industry-leading portfolio of DOCSIS 3.1 gateways and broadband devices will be on display, showcasing its Gigabit and multi-Gigabit capabilities.

We’ll demonstrate our flagship Touchstone TG3462 smart home gateway—our most powerful gateway to-date—downloading movies and Virtual Reality experiences while distributing 4K video streams to our latest Wi-Fi UHD HEVC set-tops. It can deliver over 5Gbps of data around the home, with four GigE ports and an 8×8 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio.

We’ll also showcase our comprehensive range of routers and WiFi extenders, along with new management capabilities, like ARRIS’s Assurance solutions and in-home user management features. And we’ll be demonstrating CPE function virtualization, which enables new levels of scalability, cost-efficiency and performance.

In our Intelligent Gateway Area, you can learn about our gateways’ new home network management features, IoT capabilities, and support for new services and applications.

We’ll also have our portfolio of video set-top devices on display—demonstrating 4K UHD HEVC video delivered over 802.11ac Wi-Fi, DVR and compact set-top functionality for whole-home solutions, support for RDK, and a range of leading User Experiences including TiVo, Espial G4, and X1 Syndication.

Future of TV

Our video product teams will be demonstrating how the ARRIS Cloud Video Delivery Platform—coupled with our ME7000 encoder/transcoder for advanced TV formats—can enable a phased approach to the evolution to IP video. You can learn how to build on VOD and nDVR capabilities and how multicast ABR can enable a bandwidth optimized managed video service for linear TV services to multiscreen devices.

Customer Experience Management

Management of the subscriber experience is paramount to driving higher NPS (Net Promoter Scores). ARRIS will be demonstrating three tool systems designed to improve NPS: Access Network Management, Field Service Management, and Home Network Management. These tools enable a range of assurance capabilities—from monitoring access network trends and remediating issues before they affect the consumer experience, to providing integrated tools for both technicians and subscribers to manage the home network.

We look forward to meeting you at SCTE. Check out presentations from our industry experts, catch Bob Stanzione, our Executive Chairman, at the opening panel session on Tuesday, September 27th, watch ARRIS’s sponsored First Robotics team: The Firebirds, compete immediately afterwards in the Central Lounge.

And don’t forget to drop by our booth (#1074) to get ARRIS’s answers to your most important industry questions!


The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2015 is coming to New Orleans next week, and there will be many opportunities to hear from ARRIS experts on some of the most important topics in cable.

We’re participating in 13 sessions at this year’s show on topics like new CCAP architectures, set-tops for IoT, whole-home Wi-Fi, and more. See below for the full list of ARRIS presenters, and visit us in booth #551 for demonstrations of the technology enabling those trends. Additionally ARRIS technologists will be moderating 4 other sessions during Expo.

Check back here for highlights from the show, and follow us on Twitter for live updates.

Tuesday, October 13

  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Stepping Towards SDN A Service Activation Framework for DOCSIS (Dan Torbet)
  • 3:15-4:15 pm: Modelling the Operational Efficiency of High-Density Statistical Multiplexing for DOCSIS 3.1 (Dr. Sean McCarthy)

Thursday, October 15

  • 9:30-10:30 am: Gbps Wi-Fi – Is it Driving a Home Network Topology that Requires an Access Point in Every Room? (Charles Cheevers)
  • 9:30-10:30 am: Looming Challenges and Potential Solutions for Future Distributed CCAP Architecture Systems (Tom Cloonan)
  • 10:45-11:45 am: Comparing the DOCSIS® 3.1 and HFC Evolution to the FTTH Revolution (Michael Emmendorfer)

Friday, October 16

  • 12:45-1:45 pm: From OBI and SNR to Ookla and Netflix: How Network Impairments Affect Customer Perceptions (Venk Mutalik)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: US Scheduling in the DOCSIS 3.1 Era: Potential & Challenges (Dr. Ayham Al-Banna)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: HFC Transformation to FTTP: The Role of RFoG, PON, and Hybrid Solutions (John Ulm)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: What is the Role of Connected Home Gateways and Set-Tops in the IoT? (Mark Bugasjki)

*all times local CT*

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