Network Operations Subcommittee (NOS)
Charter: The Society’s Network Operations Subcommittee is responsible for standards, operational practices, and related documents and information that provide support for the implementation and operation of cable networks. The NOS focuses on network testing, measurements, business continuity, disaster recovery, and other topics relevant to the performance and operational management of cable networks.
A longtime reference for cable operators, referenced by FCC §76.601 and FCC §76.605, NCTA Recommended Practices for Measurements on Cable Television Systems is now under the auspices of SCTE and is in its fourth edition. SCTE Measurement Recommended Practices for Cable Systems, Fourth Edition is available here.
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1 – Test Measurements
The NOS Measurements Working Group creates standards, operational practices, and technical reports on measurements that can be conducted on live cable systems.
3 – Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
The NOS Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Working Group creates standards and operational practices to prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters that may result in widespread service outages. Goals include minimization of mean-time-to-repair and rapid response based upon selected criteria. This working group also manages the cable industry’s involvement in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SHARES project. SHARES is a program for using high-frequency (HF, or 3 MHz to 30 MHz) radios as a communications method of last resort in the event of a disaster.
4 – HFC Management
The NOS HFC Management Working Group (formerly known as the HFC Management Subcommittee, or HMS ) develops standards and operational practices for monitoring hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) networks, including end-to-end multimedia quality of service and management information base (MIB) attributes for headend and outside plant equipment.
6 – Wireless
The NOS Wireless Working Group creates standards and operational practices related to the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of wireless access networks supported by cable operators and other service providers. These wireless networks may include cellular, point-to-point, and Wi-Fi technology in commercial, residential, and outdoor environments.
The NOS Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM) Working Group provides operational practices, guidelines, standards, and training content in collaboration with industry partners’ PNM initiatives. The scope of PNM includes HFC, MoCA®, Wi-Fi, and optical access networking technologies. The efforts of this working group are focused on standardizing and expediting new PNM technology to operations and in the field.