Over the last couple of years, cable operators have embraced mobile as a key part of their product bundles. In the U.S., for instance, Comcast, Charter and Altice have all launched MVNOs with either Verizon or Sprint/T-Mobile. But now, with the rollout of fifth-generation wireless technology, the big question is whether cablecos can use their bold 10 Gigabit broadband initiative to trump or leverage 5G or will lose out to telcos harnessing the technology to deliver competitive services. In this session, we will focus on the opportunities and challenges that 5G presents for the cable industry as it pursues its 10G ambitions.
Under an evolving SCTE/ISBE standard known as the Generic Access Platform (GAP), cable technologists are now working on a fiber-optic node initiative that will standardize the node housings and the interfaces for various service modules that can be plugged into the node like Lego bricks. Rather than having to deploy or rip down discrete, proprietary nodes from various vendors for FTTP, DOCSIS 3.1, WiFi, 5G, wireless backhaul and so on, cable operators could instead snap in one standardized node housing or discard the modules as needed.
This webinar will look at the emerging GAP standard, the promise that the modular node initiative offers, the initial use cases for it and the hurdles that still must be overcome.