Guide to Managing Cable Network Traffic Congestion: Addressing Capacity and Congestion with Cable Modem Termination System Tweaks (2020)

By John J. Downey, Cisco Systems

With unprecedented demand on local broadband networks, operators are under pressure to prepare for congestion and capacity issues before they happen. During the Spring of 2020, most systems experienced the equivalent of one year’s growth in 2-3 weeks. The industry “weathered this storm”, but we must be prepared for continued demand. Some suggestions will be given to help alleviate and mitigate congestion now and also provide ideas on how to address capacity concerns into the future on cable operator DOCSIS plants.

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