In considering the user experience MSOs will be expected to provide in the future, content will remain important but the other two winners in this future environment are connectivity and cloud. Jointly these will reduce the complexity that exists in today´s networks and devices and unlock unfulfilled commercialization potential.
By moving to a cable edge cloud architecture and using technologies such as SDN and NFV, operators can create a network that is 100 times more powerful — in terms of higher bandwidth and lower latency — than today.
The next phase in our network evolution will result in a total optimization of the user experience, with the ultimate goal being creation of networks with seemingly infinite capacity. This will affect the entire value chain from content producers through network providers to end device manufacturers.
DOCSIS® for LTE small cell backhaul: Addressing performance and throughput requirements for mobile backhaul
Small cells can be used to increase wireless network capacity, provide coverage in areas where there is no or poor macro cell coverage, or to provide contiguous coverage and capacity in targeted high-value locations. Control signaling performance (delay/jitter/loss) and bandwidth throughput needs for small cells can place very stringent requirements on backhaul networks. The use of cable networks, given the extensive distribution of coaxial across residential and business locations, is one option for small cell backhaul. Therefore, it is important to understand the small cell performance and throughput levels that different cable networks can support given their varying characteristics.