Expanding internationally has given CableLabs both scale and the opportunity to find innovation from around the world, according to CableLabs’ COO, Chris Lammer. CableLabs’s Upramp program is another way they are nurturing innovation. Upramp matches young companies that are fresh from accelerators with mentors from the CableTV industry to help them develop products that meet the needs of the cable industry.
Lammers explains that his role is to be the liaison between smaller operators in the U.S. and Canada and CableLabs in a similar outreach to ensure there needs are met. Speaking of 5G, he points out that mass commercialization is still a few years out, but that existing providers of terrestrial broadband networks are well-positioned to be part of the rollout of this next-generation wireless network.
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