Cable MSOs are transforming into diversified media, information, and communications services providers. Whether living the OTT bandwidth curve, going all-IP with DOCSIS 3.1, expanding business services, or reducing network costs through packet-OTN convergence or SDN/NFV, LightRiver can help by simplifying network engineering, implementation and operations, enabling faster service turn up and providing an information and product access advantage.

Cable MSO’s are competing head-on for market share against traditional service providers as well as emerging OTT and Internet content providers. Although MSO’s were the first to run multiple services over their network infrastructure – first with “double play” video and broadband, then “triple play” with voice, they must continue to drive new service growth by offering Wi-Fi based mobile voice and data services to deliver the “quad play” to both residential as well as the demanding commercial services business community.

MSO’s are focused on delivering voice, video, and data services to everyone. With the growth of these services, cable transport networks are seeing dramatic bandwidth growth. With emerging DOCSIS 3.1 technology supporting downstream speeds up to 10 Gb/s, and as 4K HDTV, VoD, and OTT services continue to grow, optical transport bandwidth requirements are expanding at a compounded annual rate of 50-75%. As a result, cable MSO’s must constantly deploy new circuits to keep ahead of demand, and there seems to be no plateau in sight even as the industry migrates to 100G+ transport speeds in the metro core and backbone.

To meet these growing bandwidth demands, operators need optical transport solutions that simplify operations while accelerating new service turn-up, and all while lowering total cost of ownership (TCO). LightRiver delivers these scalable and supportable CATV optical transport systems, providing seamless connectivity from the metro edge all the way through the national backbone.

Triple & Quadruple Play

Residential customers expect quality data, voice and video services, and commercial clients demand it.  Business performance is putting pressure on all aspects of the enterprise and the communications infrastructure is no different. It must be efficient and cost effective, with quality data, voice and video services.  While data demands are increasing, a network overbuild in every market is not feasible.

Quadruple play, combining the triple play service of broadband Internet access, television and telephone with wireless service provisions, especially to enterprise clients, only exacerbates an already challenging business environment.

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Wireless Backhaul for Carriers

Wireless backhaul is a huge opportunity for Telco’s. Fueled by video and personal devices, mobile traffic is exploding – doubling, tripling or more year after year. There are over 300,000 cell sites in various stages of migrating from 2G to 3G to 4G to 5G. All of these cell sites will need additional backhaul capacity to move traffic to the mobile switch center. The best architecture for this depends on a variety of factors.

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Gigabit Transport Services for Carriers and Business Services

Many service providers want to provide enhanced metro Ethernet services, in the form of DWDM and Carrier Ethernet.

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Data Center Connectivity (DCI)

Many service providers want to provide enhanced connectivity services for the rapidly growing edge data center interconnect market, in the form of DWDM, MPLS and Carrier Ethernet.  In today’s data-driven business world, you need consistent, efficient and instantaneous access to your internal information and systems, whether you have one office, or many locations.

Explore LightRiver applications for delivering Data Center Interconnect, supporting low latency, high-speed, reliable, secure and scalable data transport solutions.

  • DWDM and ROADMs for DCI
  • Carrier Ethernet for DCI
  • MPLS for DCI

Internet Access

The Internet is no longer a place for casual surfing.  Terms like scalable, reliable and low latency are now part of every conversation.  As more and more businesses seek to leverage cloud-based applications, it is becoming readily apparent that what companies need are Internet connectivity solutions that were designed specifically to support business customers.

Explore LightRiver applications for delivering Data Center Interconnect:

  • DWDM and ROADMs for DIA
  • Carrier Ethernet for DIA
  • MPLS for DIA
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