Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed - Week of November 3, 2014

07 Nov 2014

This week, news of ARRIS’s recent deal with Spanish cable operator R appeared in a number of outlets, including Digital TV Europe. ARRIS will provide Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to improve R’s bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.

Cablefax: The Magazine released its 2014 Most Powerful Women in Cable list, which included ARRIS Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Solutions Debbie Stackis and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Sandy Howe. Separately, Motley Fool listed ARRIS, along with Twitter and salesforce.com, as a fast-growing tech company to watch. The story noted that ARRIS’s sales growth has significantly increased since its acquisition of Motorola Home in 2013.

In other industry news, CED Magazine highlighted a recent report from ACG Research that found that the average household bandwidth requirements will increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years due the growing number of over-the-top (OTT) content services. According to the report, OTT unicast video traffic is predicted to be 4.6 times greater than traditional multicast traffic by 2018.

Finally, Rapid TV News reported that the latest figures from Dataxis show that more than half of cable subscriptions in Latin America are for digital packages. Among the region's seven largest markets, Brazil is showing the highest rates of digital cable penetration, followed by Chile and Mexico.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Spain’s R taps Arris for RFoG (Nov. 3) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Spanish cable operator R, which is based in the Galicia region, has signed a deal with technology provider Arris for Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to improve bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.
  2. The Most Powerful Women in Cable 2014 (Nov. Issue) By Staff, Cablefax: The Magazine: See page 25 for Sandy Howe and page 35 for Debbie Stackis in the magazine’s digital edition.
  3. You Won't Believe How Fast These 3 Tech Companies Are Growing (Nov. 2) By Anders Bylund, Motley Fool: These three tech companies are growing their annual sales faster than 30% right now. From hardware specialist Arris Group to social network Twitter, with cloud-computing expert salesforce.com thrown in for good measure, you'll find some very different growth strategies.
  4. Report: OTT use will increase household bandwidth 31 percent annually (Nov. 5) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: With the plethora of OTT services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, among others, the average household bandwidth requirements are poised to increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, according to a recent report.
  5. Digital packages account for over half of cable subs in LATAM (Nov. 6) By Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, Rapid TV News: By the end of Q2 2014, over half (53.7%) of all cable subscriptions in Latin America were for digital packages, the first time digital customers have overtaken analogue subs in the region.
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