Quality of life improvements, and the challenges they bring, stem from technological innovation and rapid adaptation. The uses for our products and solutions at ARRIS are directly affecting bigger issues like feeding the world, fostering education and entrepreneurialism, eliminating treatable disease and more. By using the power of technology to also affect the greater good, we are redefining connectivity.
Building a better world
Around the world, large urban Smart Cities are being planned and developed, with millions of sensors transmitting data over invisible networks to centralized servers to more efficiently manage city service dispatch and pickup, ease traffic congestion, improve lighting and overall security.
Connecting the next billion
With four billion people now online, many take Internet connectivity for granted. There are, however, still huge numbers of people who remain disconnected.
Here we explore the technical, commercial, and cultural challenges to connecting the next billion, along with examples of the profound positive impact of connectivity to people’s lives.
- ARRIS solutions, including the Access Network Evolution Framework, are enabling the future of networking, including Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) and Passive Optical Networking (PON).
- Ruckus technology will power Google Station Wi-Fi hotspots in three emerging markets – helping lower the barrier to entry for network connectivity in support of Google’s Next Billion Users initiative.
By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. This shift will continue to stretch critical resources and services.
Here we explore how smart cities, with technologies such as 802.11ax/ay Wi-Fi, fixed wireline networks, smart cell and the promise of 5G, are making urban environments more efficient to manage, while improving the quality of life for their people.
- Ruckus Wi-Fi solutions for connected communities and smart city networks – see how cities across the globe are exploring the use of connected technologies in a bid to become ‘smart.’
- What is 802.11ax – significant changes to the Wi-Fi specification are coming to keep up with the evolving needs of consumers.
Connecting a Bankless World
In the developing world, most transactions are completed in cash, which is extremely risky. Distributing payments using digital channels has been shown to cut down on corruption, increase efficiency, and help people increase savings. Therefore, reliable Wi-Fi can improve economic growth, education, and earning capability.
- As part of an initiative to bring Wi-Fi to more areas of the world, Ruckus partnered with Google and Facebook to provide the technology for high-speed wireless connectivity in Africa, India, Indonesia and Mexico. Together, Ruckus and ARRIS are building the infrastructure to deliver wireless financial services across the globe.
Feeding the World
Precision farming is the latest invention to augment food production to keep up with the growing population. Sensors, drones and cameras are used throughout the property to send data back to a central location via a Wi-Fi network.
- Ruckus helped create a Wi-Fi-based IoT solution that delivers data connections via line of sight or mesh networks. The data provides intelligence so farmers can make data-driven decisions and more efficiently use water, time and labor to produce more food with the same amount of resources.
- ARRIS and its customers are helping to build the worldwide communications infrastructure that will help feed a growing world.
Emerging market opportunities
Entire industries have been created by the Internet: online gaming and e-sports, streaming media, search engines, blockchain technology, and smart home technologies. These are just a few of the services enabled by constant, dependable connectivity.
Networks enabling VR and Healthcare
The concept of Telehealth (Telemedicine, Mobile Health, or mHealth) has been around for over 40 years, but with recent achievements in broadband connectivity, it has vastly increased its potential reach.
Here we explore how the view of virtual reality (VR) as merely a gaming technology couldn’t be further from the truth. VR is being used for pain treatment and for mental health treatment to help with communication. ARRIS and its customers are leading the VR charge by enabling untethered usage of life-changing applications through wireless infrastructures that maximize VR utility and effectiveness.
e-Sports audiences are expected to grow exponentially, with total revenue increasing along with it, and in turn, dedicated tournament facilities are becoming more like entertainment complexes. These gaming and broadcast centers attract amateur and professional gamers with a massive number of devices, applications, and streaming media generating a huge amount of network traffic.
The 802.11ax standard is the focus because of its ability to perform in ultra-high-density environments, providing data rates over 10 Gigabits per second, enabling high quality services to be delivered to more users.
- Ruckus Networks - eSports Wi-Fi FTW! - learn how 802.11ax technology can help e-Sports stadiums meet capacity demands, while addressing the challenge of client support for the new standard.
- Ruckus public venue solutions - offer state-of-the-art Wi-Fi technology built for performance in large public venues.
ARRIS provides the communications backbone equipment and solutions through which many emerging applications send data. Our network evolution framework, customer premises management experience, and move into virtualization provide the network foundation for future applications and services.
In response to demand for more bandwidth and new services, certain complex network functions have been centralized, reducing the number of sophisticated devices at the edge of the network. Remote-PHY, Remote MAC-PHY, and virtualization of CCAP enable us to enhance the delivery architecture to address bandwidth flexibility and latency to better serve demanding applications. These types of innovations require an integrated approach to manage the edge of the network.
Planning for Network evolution
Service Providers are seeking a cost-conscious approach to evolving their networks.
To help address this challenge, ARRIS offers a network evolution framework so Service Providers can continue to leverage their current investment while deploying new virtualized technologies that bring down the cost of the infrastructure.
- ARRIS solutions, including the Access Network Evolution Framework, are enabling the future of networking including Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) and Remote PHY (R-PHY).
Network Evolution Virtualization
Many Service Providers are scaling with the ARRIS second-generation E6000 and virtualizing CCAP functions to achieve flexibility in deploying new services. However, virtualization can introduce disaggregation which can pose many challenges.
Our approach uses a virtualized CCAP core (vCore) that leverages core network functions and existing tools, combined with new, dynamic methods for managing the delivery of infrastructure. Enabling virtualization is another step as ARRIS continues to redefine connectivity.
- The ARRIS Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) solution enables the evolution of cable networks by decentralizing and virtualizing headend and network functions.
New technologies, such as Wi-Fi 6, fixed wireline networks, small cell technology, CBRS (Citizens Band Radio Services), and 5G will securely interconnect buildings, cars, people, and billions of other devices -- while machine-to-machine authentication, biometric log-ins and big data security techniques help defend against identify theft and data breaches.
The telecom industry is embarking on a new era of connectivity. Next-generation wireless networks will support self-driving cars, flying drones, long-distance learning, tele-health and more. 5G is the standard that will enable this new era of capacity, latency, and efficiency needed to support the billions of IoT devices and the networks that connect them. The standard will run on 5G New Radio, which is a new air interface standard that was created to support a wide array of connected devices, while also ensuring backward and forward compatibility.
- ARRIS, Ruckus, and our Service Provider partners are working together to build the networks that will fuel these futuristic services, revolutionizing the way we communicate.
Digital TV Research predicted a $52 billion loss due to piracy by 2022, primarily due to transaction security breakdowns. Blockchain technology may be able to solve this growing problem. Major media and entertainment companies are experimenting with ways to use blockchain, such as with IoT security, home automation, and mobile authentication. By offering a resistance to cyber-attack, this technology can be a game changer for content creators and digital rights owners.
- ARRIS works with Service Providers to support their blockchain applications, enable subscribers to purchase content from any source using their set-top box. With the largest installed base of set-top boxes worldwide, we’re using blockchain technology to simplify critical processes of commerce.
ARRIS has acquired Ruckus Networks, seizing an opportunity to offer an unrivalled portfolio of networking technologies. We have a legacy of leadership in networking and entertainment technology. With Ruckus, we’re adding expertise in wireless and wired connectivity to suit a range of complex and varied environments, both in and outside of the home.