2020 Diamond Technology Reviews Honorees

Sept. 29, 2020
This year is the 16th Broadband Technology Report has presented the Diamond Technology Reviews – and, clearly, it’s been a year like no other in memory.

This year is the 16th Broadband Technology Report has presented the Diamond Technology Reviews – and, clearly, it’s been a year like no other in memory. Nevertheless, the 2020 entrants to our technology recognition program illustrate that not even a pandemic can stop broadband technology innovation.

As is the case every year, we invited vendors serving the broadband cable industry are invited to submit information about products that have been released or upgraded since last year's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo (held in October 2019).

Each entry was assigned to at least three of our expert volunteer judges. To help ensure fairness, similar products from different vendors were reviewed by the same group of panelists. Judges based scores/comments on written material provided by vendors, as well as their own experience with or knowledge of the specific technologies. Review panelists were informed that scores/comments would remain anonymous.

Specifically, judges used the following scale to determine Diamond scores:

  • 1-2: Not a useful product
  • 3.0: Useful product, yet commodity
  • 3.5: Solid product with viable attributes that set it apart
  • 4.0-4.5: Excellent product with technical features and performance that provide clear and substantial benefits
  • 5.0: Superb product that sets new standard for performance and/or breaks new ground

Each entry’s scores were averaged and rounded to the nearest full or half Diamond. Note that products are grouped by score (with the highest Diamonds ranking first), and then in alphabetical order.

Scores of 3.5 or above are considered superlative and reflect a very positive opinion from the panel. Only products receiving a 3.5 or above are included in this article.

The realities of the pandemic certainly influenced entries this year, which included technology to aid self-installation and remote operation and maintenance of broadband networks. But, as was the case last year, we also saw several entries applicable to 10G and related next-generation deployments. New offerings from the test and measurement arena continued to show strongly as well.

"The necessities of COVID-19 certainly put pressure on network operators to deliver enhanced broadband services," commented Broadband Technology Report Editorial Director Stephen Hardy, who again served as program director this year. “Technologies to increase network capacity, and to deploy it quickly, proved to be highlights among this year’s entries.”

As always our Diamond Technology Review judging panel proved tough but fair. “Broadband Technology Report thanks the judges for their hard work and diligence in evaluating so many entries. This year’s Diamond Technology Reviews entries indicate that cable operators continue to benefit from innovation across the network technology spectrum,” Hardy concluded.

2020 DIAMOND JUDGES PANEL

  • Program Director: Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director, Broadband Technology Report
  • Fuad Alnajjar, Director, Product Development and Emerging Tech, Mediacom
  • Jack Burton, Principal, Broadband Success Partners
  • Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director of Advanced Access Architectures, Cox Communications
  • Robert Kuse, Senior Director - Access Engineering, Cox Communications
  • Mike Latino, VP, Service Infrastructure, Cox Communications
  • Ken Williams, Director, HFC Evolution and Standards, WOW!
  • Tom Williams, Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Schurz Communications

Active Network Hardware

Technetix Group Ltd. Direction Neutral Amplifier - 5 Diamonds

Vecima Networks Entra Access Node EN2112 - 4 Diamonds

Cisco Meraki Cisco Meraki Cellular Gateway (MG) - 3.5 Diamonds

EnerSys Energy Systems CMOA DOCSIS 3.1 Gateway - 3.5 Diamonds

Teleste Corp. ACE8 - 3.5 Diamonds

Back Office

Incognito Software Subscriber Self-Care Widgets - 4 Diamonds

IQGeo Network Manager for Telecoms - 4 Diamonds

Cabling & Accessories

CommScope RD1322 2x2 Remote PHY Device - 4 Diamonds

AFL NodeFLEX Cable Assembly - 3.5 Diamonds

CCAP Systems

CommScope CommScope Virtual Headend Portfolio - 4 Diamonds

Customer Premises Equipment

Sercomm Technology Inc. DG5000 – DOCSIS 3.1 Ethernet MoCA Gateway - 4 Diamonds

Amphenol Broadband Solutions Self Install Kits (SIK) - 3.5 Diamonds

CommScope Smart Media Device (SMD) platform 7852 - 3.5 Diamonds

Field Test Instruments

VIAVI Solutions DWDM OTDR – Wavescan - 4.5 Diamonds

AFL 90R Mass Fusion Splicing Kit - 4 Diamonds

Anritsu Co. Network Master Pro MT1040A - 4 Diamonds

VIAVI Solutions OneAdvisor-800 - 4 Diamonds

VIAVI Solutions StrataSync Test Process Automation and Analytics Suite - 4 Diamonds

Effigis IRXP Field Portable Ingress Digital Receiver - 3.5 Diamonds

FTTH/Optical Access Platforms

Ciena 10G XGS-PON - 4 Diamonds

Radisys Radisys Connect Open Broadband - 3.5 Diamonds

Monitoring & Analysis

Blue Planet, a division of Ciena Blue Planet Route Optimization and Analysis - 4 Diamonds

ProLabs ProLabs Optical Line Monitoring Platform - 4 Diamonds

VIAVI Solutions Remote Fiber Test Solutions: SmartOTU and PON Manager - 4 Diamonds

VIAVI Solutions XPERTrak 4.0 - 4 Diamonds

ZCorum TruVizion Fiber - 4 Diamonds

Interra Systems Inc. ORION With ORION Central Manager (OCM) - 3.5 Diamonds

Polystar KALIX - 3.5 Diamonds

Optical Transport/Carrier Ethernet

Ciena WaveLogic 5 Extreme - 5 Diamonds

Amphenol Broadband Solutions OSP AOM - 4 Diamonds

Electroline Equipment Inc. AQ4 - Hardened Outdoor DOCSIS 3.1 Modem and Gateway - 4 Diamonds

Video Distribution Solutions

Broadpeak S4Streaming - 4 Diamonds

Synamedia Media Edge Gateway - 3.5 Diamonds

Vecima Networks Terrace IQ - 3.5 Diamonds

Verimatrix VCAS 5 for DVB - 3.5 Diamonds

About the Author

BTR Staff

EDITORIAL
STEPHEN HARDY
Editorial Director and Associate Publisher
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MATT VINCENT
Senior Editor
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SALES
KRISTINE COLLINS
Business Solutions Manager
(312) 350-0452
[email protected]
JEAN LAUTER
Business Solutions Manager
(516) 695-3899
[email protected]

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