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Leslie Ellis Talks to Comcast’s Tony Werner on Bandwidth


Leslie Ellis is a mainstay in the cable industry, known for her comprehensive guides to broadband and her “Translation Please” segments for Multichannel News. Unbeknownst to me, she started producing short video interviews as well back in January. I stumbled on one just yesterday that has Ellis interviewing Comcast COO Tony Werner on Bandwidth and Capacity. It’s fantastic – short, simple, and definitely worth six minutes of your time.

In the interview, Werner talks about how Comcast is pursuing analog reclamation as its top bandwidth expansion tool at the moment. The process makes it possible to recover enough bandwidth for the equivalent of anywhere between 90 and 120 linear HD channels, or more depending on the compression scheme.

To reclaim analog bandwidth, Comcast is deploying digital terminal adapters (DTAs) to analog-only customers.  According to Werner, so far Comcast has had great success installing DTAs in areas where it’s making the all-digital push. Subscribers have three options for getting a DTA: stop by a Comcast office, receive a device in the mail for self-installation, or schedule a technician visit. In the majority of cases, customers choose one of the first two options, and apparently self-installations are going well. Werner says he is more optimistic about the analog-reclamation project now than he was six months or a year ago.

Check out the full video for more Comcast nuggets. Meanwhile, I’ll be trying to catch up on previous Ellis interviews.

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