2016 will go down as the year that the Gig Services Era started to consolidate.
Not only did traditional Telco’s and fiber companies such as AT&T, CenturyLink, and Google Fiber continue expanding their FTTH footprint offering 1-Gig and multi-gig services, but also large and medium MSOs started competing with them with multiple deployments of DOCSIS 3.1, and 1-Gig services launched nationwide. As an example, Mediacom’s “Project Gigabit” aims to offer 1G Service to all residential and business users in 22 states by the end of 2017.
End users are excited about the possibility of increased simultaneous streaming, faster downloads, and a better online gaming experience.
Further construction and larger deployments are expected in the coming years. As part of this endeavor, operators are redefining network design and management procedures to meet customer needs and expectations. Also, ubiquity making sure the service can be offered and delivered thoroughly across the network becomes relevant.
However, the deployment effort brings important challenges both on the business and technical arenas. Some of these difficulties for MSOs are described in the Heavy Reading white paper: DOCSIS 3.1. Cable Tackles the Gigabit Challenge. It highlights the need for RF re-engineered and the proper tools and procedures to assure service performance: “One more great challenge that the cable industry faces with DOCSIS 3.1 is developing and acquiring the proper testing and monitoring tools for deploying and monitoring the spec’s implementation and performance”.
This is where Intraway’s QX Solution plays a key role in the industry: Active probing that measures Gigabit end-to-end service experience across the network on a consistent basis. Operators around the globe are relying on a cost-effective and quick to deploy solution, relevant during the implementation and fine-tuning of the services.
In addition to effectively and consistently running speed tests up to 1G, the emulation of the complex behavior of a 1G customer, with tests covering up to OSI Layer 7, is providing operators with valuable information on ubiquitous access to key applications such as OTT streaming, online gaming, among others.
Probes are used as a dynamic troubleshooting tool, to replicate any potential customer problem and correlate results with new or existing monitoring tools in the network, to ensure prompt pinpointing of implementation issues.
Also, advanced analytics and executive reporting capabilities help determine Quality of Experience Metrics on a per region basis and direct optimization work during the deployment.
We are excited about the opportunity to be part of the Gigabit services operationalization effort.