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Never underestimate the video guys when deploying DAA

If one message was clear from Cable Congress 2019, it was not to misjudge the value of video technology teams in the deployment of network access equipment. “If you are an operator, please, please take the video guys onboard,” implored a panel discussing broadband distributed access architectures (DAA) in Berlin last week. Representatives from operators well-versed in DOCSIS 3.1, Remote-PHY and MAC-PHY (media access control and physical network layer) deployments, including Vodafone and Tele2, were joined by vendors Teleste and Ciena in echoing this message. Although, as a separate DAA story in this week’s issue underscores, agreement was not guaranteed. Typically, according to the panelists, video engineering teams come into the picture way too late in the DAA rollout process…

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