Powering the Possibilities of Immersive Video Services at SCTE

Cheevers_Charles_ektron Charles Cheevers October 12, 2020

2020_SCTE_KeynoteWe kicked off SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo by providing the platform powering the feature 10G light field holographic video demonstration in this year’s keynote. CommScope—along with Charter, CableLabs, Comcast, and the NCTA—opened the show with a preview of what a combined DOCSIS 4.0 and Wi-Fi 6E platform can deliver for high-capacity, low-latency services.

This two-way, interactive demo featured our E6000 Converged Edge Router, RUCKUS ICX switches, E6000r R-PHY Shelf, TG9452 DOCSIS 3.1 modem, and experimental Wi-Fi 6E access points and extender products.

Together, these solutions formed a next-generation networking platform that easily handled the 8K light field holographic video demos, which required single-digit millisecond latency and multi-gigabit capacity over the DOCSIS network and 160MHz channel width, 1024-QAM Wi-Fi in U-NII-5 in new 6GHz spectrum. We weren’t satisfied with delivering 43 layers of 8K light field holographic video content, so we had two 8K streams concurrently on the DOCSIS and Wi-Fi 6E networks showing the ability for both to support this multi gigabit concurrency of service.

CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope powers the possibilities of immersive video services at this year’s SCTE virtual show.

As a nod to the way our lives have all changed in the past year, we even offered a sneak peek of how the future of deeply immersive “work from home” and “exercise from home” experiences could play out, in demonstrations that highlighted the speed and low latency of the next-generation HFC network.

For CommScope, 10G represents the next step in the evolution of the HFC network. Together with Wi-Fi 6E, it provides a platform to sustain the next era of high-capacity and low-latency services. CommScope and its founding companies have been at the forefront of each evolution in both DOCSIS and Wi-Fi. 10G is no exception.

We are hard at work architecting our products for 10G, but are most excited about providing a platform for cable operators to deliver a totally new consumer experience in the years to come to every cable customer, all over the world. We look forward to seeing the new high-capacity, low-latency, immersive services that developers will throw our future networks.

About the Author

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Charles Cheevers

Charles Cheevers is Chief Technology Officer, Home Network Solutions, at CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. He is responsible for the two- to five-year technology vision of CommScope’s consumer-premise equipment (CPE) business.

 

In this role, he defines new home architectures for CPE devices and cloud-to-ground solutions as well as the evolution of CommScope’s home gateways, set-tops, and connected home solutions.

 

In his more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Cheevers has been responsible for bringing to market a range of technologies — including DVB, DOCSIS, DSL, PON Network and CPE Video Voice and Broadband solutions. For the last six years, Mr. Cheevers has focused on delivering the next generation of connectivity and technology-driven user experiences to the home. As a result, he’s played a key role in pioneering major trends in Wi-Fi, IoT, IP video, TV experience and set-top technology, and most recently AI-driven smart solutions, with the debut of CommScope’s Smart Media Device.

 

Mr. Cheevers and his team have also been creating new home platforms for many of the world’s leading service providers. With the emergence of new wireless convergence solutions in both unlicensed and licensed bands — from 1 to 100GHz — Mr. Cheevers and the CommScope CTO office have been innovating new architectures for consumer and home wireless convergence across Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G.

 

Mr. Cheevers joined CommScope through its acquisition of ARRIS in April 2019 where he served as CTO of CPE Solutions from 2012 to 2019. He joined ARRIS in 2003 via acquisition of Com21 Inc and was VP Engineering of ARRIS Cadant® C3™ CMTS and D5™ EdgeQAM products. In 2006, he was appointed as Chief Technology Officer of Europe, a position he held concurrently to being GM for the ARRIS Edge QAM business from 2008 to 2010.

 

Prior to his tenure at ARRIS, Mr. Cheevers was Vice President of Engineering and an Officer of Com21 Inc and held senior management positions for Apple Inc.

 

Mr. Cheevers has served on the board of the Open Connectivity Foundation, one of the leading IoT standards initiatives, served on the SCTE organizing committee for 2018 and 2019 and is a recipient of the 2006 and 2011 Cable and Satellite Euro50 award for his contributions to cable technology.