ORLANDO - A special working group within the SCTE Standards Program has been formed to develop best practices and requirements to prepare HFC networks for higher-capacity signaling schemes, including DOCSIS 3.1, reports The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE).
Jack Moran, Fellow of the Technical Staff for Motorola Mobility’s Home Business and an author of several DOCSIS specifications, has been named chair of the special working group. Reporting to the SCTE Engineering Committee, which oversees the SCTE Standards Program, the Working Group will be responsible for creating recommendations for cable operators as they transition HFC networks to higher capacity at the same or higher levels of network availability. The announcement was made during “DOCSIS 3.1 Specifications and Standards Development,” a special session presented by CableLabs and SCTE at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2012.
Moran, a 31-year Motorola veteran, holds 25 current and additional pending U.S. patents. Throughout his career, he has worked to expand HFC network capacity via support of advanced modulation schemes such as ATDMA and S-CDMA, higher-order modulation, and expanded RF spectrum on both upstream and downstream portions of the HFC plant. Moran has played a key role in defining the optimum RF performance of Motorola’s CMTS and CCAP offerings, empowering operators to deliver the IP connected home of the future.
“Jack was the obvious choice to help SCTE complement CableLabs’ rollout of the next generation of DOCSIS,” said Daniel Howard, senior vice president, engineering and CTO of SCTE. “Jack’s unparalleled knowledge and experience in HFC network engineering is well-known and deeply respected by SCTE, CableLabs, and cable operators both here in the United States and abroad.”
“The power and flexibility of HFC networks continues to make them well-suited for next-generation technologies,” said Moran. “With intelligent and proactive RF plant maintenance techniques, as well as advancements in higher-power laser technology and enhanced RF spectrum, cable operators will be extremely well-positioned to keep up with Nielsen’s Law growth in demand for speed and services.”
“SCTE and CableLabs have a shared commitment to helping cable operators significantly accelerate deployment of advanced technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1,” said Joe Jensen, CTO of Buckeye CableSystem and chairman of the SCTE Engineering Committee. “By working closely to align training and best practices with technology development, we can ensure that new technologies are deployed as quickly as possible.”