High Speed Internet is now an operator’s most important service and, with so many streaming video services, keeping up with competitive Internet speeds and capacities can be challenging, especially when the RF spectrum is nearly full, occupied mostly by lower-profit video services which can easily consume upwards of 80% or more of the operator’s precious RF bandwidth.
“Band-aid” efforts such as analog bandwidth reclamation using digital-to-analog adapters (DTAs), MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 conversions, and HFC plant upgrades alleviate bandwidth issues only temporarily. What’s worse is that these options are also costly, disruptive to customers and typically take many months or years to implement.
Similarly, wide-scale fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) overbuilds continue to be massively cost-prohibitive for most operators, not to mention requiring many years to complete.
DOCSIS 3.1 (especially the new, FULL DUPLEX specification) is a likely next step for some operators, but plant preparation for increased modulation schemes coupled with CMTS and modem deployments will take years before customers will benefit.
With HD now the norm, UHD/4K on the horizon, and streaming services demanding continual increases in Internet speeds and capacity, an operator’s constant tug-of-war for RF bandwidth allocation between video and DOCSIS/Internet is more apparent now than ever. As such, a permanent, low-cost, easy-to-deploy solution to DOCSIS expansion and overall bandwidth management is vital to operators.
Switched IP Video (SIPV), unlike all other technologies employed for DOCSIS expansion, enables operators to quickly and inexpensively free up as many as 50 or more video QAM (or EIA) channels, making them immediately available, in as little as 90 days, for DOCSIS 3.0, 3.1 and FULL DUPLEX expansion. In addition, using only 12 - 24 QAMs or fewer, SIPV delivers an unlimited video channel offering of SD, HD and UHD/4K programming.