The 2013 Diamond Technology Reviews Elite Are Here

Oct. 8, 2013
BTR's Diamond Technology Reviews, now in its ninth year, is a technology recognition program wherein 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-Te...
BTR's Diamond Technology Reviews, now in its ninth year, is a technology recognition program wherein 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 2012). We assigned each entry to at least three of our expert volunteer judges, listed in the box below. 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.


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Diamond Technology Reviews 2013 - Innovation AwardsDiamond Technology Reviews 2013 - Honorable MentionsBTR's staff played no role in the judging of the submitted products. Review panelists were informed that scores/comments would remain anonymous.The Diamonds set a record in 2013 with 55 applications from 38 companies, and competition was "very strong" again this year, said cable engineering stalwart Steve Johnson, of Johnson Telecom (formerly of Time Warner Cable)."Once again, we had an excellent staff of judges whose work was really cut out for them," said Johnson, who spearheads the Diamonds and recruits the panel - a mix of cable operator execs and engineering consultants. "Products are getting more complicated and sophisticated, with many heavily involved in hardware and software."The flavor of Expo reflects the current and most urgent problems facing cable operators. The Diamond Technology Review entrants usually are a great representation of what attendees can expect to see on the show floor.Among the trends, as evidenced by this year's applicants, are enhanced leakage detection to guard against LTE interference, multiscreen delivery and ensuring quality of service in a TV Everywhere world, and the evolution of CCAP.When rating a product for the Diamonds, judges are asked to first and foremost think about its usefulness. "Does it solve a problem, is it unique, and differentiated from other products already out there?" Johnson asked.However, they also are asked to go beyond numbers and consider whether a product shows a unique purposefulness or technological advance and, therefore, deserves an honorable mention designation. For the first time in 2013, they were given one additional task - giving the brand-new Innovation Award to products that show the single most advanced technical capability in their category.What follows are the Diamonds 2013 entries designated by the judges as most worthy of the industry's careful consideration.Judges used the following scale to determine Diamond scores:


  • 0-1 Useful product, yet commodity


  • 2-3 Solid product with viable attributes that set it apart


  • 4 Excellent product with technical features and performance that provide clear and substantial benefits


  • 5 Superb product that sets new standards for performance and provides groundbreaking and new technical milestones


Each product's scores were averaged and rounded to the nearest full or half Diamond. Scores of 3.5 or above are considered superlative and reflect a very positive opinion from the panel. Only products receiving 3.5 or above are included in this article.DIAMONDS JUDGES 2013 (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)


  • Ron Boyer, President, Boyer Broadband


  • Jeff Chen, SVP Advanced Technology, Bright House Networks


  • Wil Colon, VP Plant Performance, Comcast


  • Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director of Strategic Architecture, Cox


  • David Haigh, VP, ISP Operations, Central and Pacific Region, Charter


  • James Hannan, VP Engineering, CableOne


  • Tommy Hill, Retired, Mediacom Communications


  • Joseph Jensen, CTO, Buckeye Cable System


  • Michael Kelsen, Senior Director and Chief Network Architect, Time Warner Cable


  • Andrew Parrott, VP Technical Operations, Suddenlink Communications


  • Jorge Salinger, VP, Access Architecture, Comcast


  • Ken Wright, Principal, Wright Solutions