Cable pledges European broadband commitment
Cable Europe says the concept of infrastructure competition in next generation cable access has ensured greater choice, diversity and competition in pricing. The trade body has repeated to European Commissioner Neelie Kroes that as an investor in future network infrastructure the cable industry is a “signed-up agent” of the Digital Agenda. The comments follow the release by the Commission of Broadband coverage in Europe in 2011, which sets out the progress made in meeting the objectives of the Digital Agenda.
A recent report prepared for Cable Europe by the consultancy Solon says that 95% of households in the reach of European cable networks will be able to subscribe to high-speed internet services from cable in 2020. By the end of 2013 nearly all cable operators will have upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0, enabling 100-200 Mbps speeds.#
Following the rollout of DOCSIS 3.0, 100 Mbps speeds are already becoming the standard and cable is projected to offer 51% of EU households 100Mbps or more by 2013.
Source: Broadband TV News
Cable Europe, the trade body for Europe’s broadband cable sector, has noted the European Commission’s recognition of the industry’s contribution to the progress in achieving the Digital Agenda.
The European Commission recently released a report that it commissioned to help tell the story of progress in executing Europe’s Digital Agenda. According to Cable Europe, the report – Broadband coverage in Europe in 2011: Mapping progress towards the coverage objectives of the Digital Agenda – comes as welcome further evidence to Europe’s wider connectivity marketplace that progress is being made. While cable emerges as the “most important” NGA (next-generation access coverage) service and “the biggest contributor to rural NGA ”, the report also underscores the need for Europe’s mix of technologies to work in concert to help maximise and improve broadband coverage for Europeans, says Cable Europe.
The cable industry’s contributions to achieving the Digital Agenda, previously detailed in a report by Solon, have propelled the concept of infrastructure competition as a means to ensuring that different technologies compete with one another in the marketplace thus creating greater choice, diversity and competition in pricing. Cable Europe has repeated to Commissioner Neelie Kroes that, as a competitive investor in its own networks of tomorrow, it is a signed-up agent of the Digital Agenda. The numbers in the Solon report back up the claim as 95 per cent of households in the reach of European cable networks will be able to subscribe to high speed internet services from cable in 2020. By the end of 2013 nearly all cable operators will have upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0, enabling 100-200 Mbps speeds — and higher. With DOCSIS 3.0 rolled out, 100 Mbps speeds are already becoming the standard and cable is projected to offer 51 per cent of EU households 100Mbps or more by 2013.
Some salient points in the Commission’s broadband coverage report include:
- Cable networks account for the next largest contribution to standard broadband coverage
- For fixed next-generation access (NGA) cable is the most important coverage across Europe
- DOCSIS 3 cable is the biggest contributor to rural NGA coverage (RNC)
- DOCSIS 3 services over the cable networks make a very important contribution to the availability of NGA in the study countries
- Cable networks make about the same contribution to rural coverage as WiMAX
When next generation IP services first debuted years ago they unleashed tremendous excitement – right up to the point where cable service providers and other service providers had to figure out how to bill for them. At the time, because legacy systems weren’t built to handle connectionless services, providers were forced to bill for IP services at flat rates.
Today, following the development of the Internet Protocol Detail Record (IPDR) standard and its incorporation into DOCSIS, the door has opened to usage-based billing for next generation services. In large part, the rapid advance toward IP profits has been led by the evolution of mediation systems with the capability to leverage the IPDR standard and retrieve data from large IP environments. In this new world, mediation is the strategic enabler for data integration between the network and OSS/BSS systems – and the tap that can open the floodgates on IP service profitability.
However, not all mediation systems are the same. Many in the industry believe that mediation does not always live up to the expectations set by the framers of IPDR. Too often, for example, the job of mediation for IPDR is parsed between different software solutions. Other times, a cable service provider may find itself managing multiple mediation solutions for IP and traditional services. Both scenarios lead to needless complexity, greater inefficiency, higher operating costs and lost profit opportunities. Cable service providers need a standard means of gathering data tied to consumer and commercial bandwidth consumption to support new Internet billing models and to eventually monetize their networks based on type and amount of traffic carried. They should demand a better approach to IPDR mediation that optimizes their investment in next generation networks and services. The hallmarks of such a solution
- Scalability to handle a greater volume of records as data grows exponentially.
- Flexibility to support billing and all other BSS functions, and to integrate with other vital disciplines such as business intelligence/predictive analytics, operations management and marketing.
- Real-time actionable intelligence providing the ability to see into the network, optimize bandwidth management, and monetize every opportunity to drive new revenue streams from convergent IP services.
How Convergys and DigitalRoute are helping cable service providers to manage and monetize bandwidth
Cable service providers need a more advanced approach to BSS that improves bandwidth management and monetization. Together with partners DigitalRoute, Convergys is intensely focused on helping cable service providers leverage advanced BSS to meet these core business objectives and pursue new revenue opportunities.
Jan Karlsson, CEO at DigitalRoute, comments on the rapidly expanding uses for mediation:
“In addition to its familiar role of integrating data across multiple platforms to ensure timely, accurate billing, mediation plays an important part in ensuring efficient bandwidth management. Convergys Active Mediation powered by DigitalRoute, for example, keeps track of bandwidth and how it is used in a specific time period, essentially connecting bandwidth with a specific product and determining the financial value contributed.”