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Mr. Mark Francisco

Director of Engineering and Home Services for Comcast New Media Development

CableLabs Inc

HQ Phone: (303) 661-9100

CableLabs Inc

858 Coal Creek Circle

Louisville, Colorado 80027

United States

Company Description

Founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry, Cable Television Laboratories is a non-profit research and development consortium that is dedicated to pursuing new cable telecommunications technologies and to helping its cable operator member ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Multimedia Over Coax Alliance


Comcast Corporation

Premise Technologies

Digital Living Network Alliance

Board Member
HomePlug Powerline Alliance , Inc.

Member, Certification Board


BSEE degree

Rutgers College of Engineering

MSEE degree

Drexel University

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In one of its DOCSIS 3.0 ...

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In one of its DOCSIS 3.0 trials, the operator will provide voice, video and data over a single, high-bandwidth IP connection, according to a presentation by Mark Francisco, director of engineering/home services for Comcast New Media Development, at CableLabs' winter technology conference in March.

This converged-services trial, in a system that serves 50,000 homes passed, will include an IP-video headend and DOCSIS 3.0 set-top boxes built to the operator's Residential Network Gateway requirements, Francisco said, according to an industry consultant who was in attendance.

Broadband Home Central: Topical Index: Applications and Appliances: Telemetry and Control

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Energy Management - "Broadband Without Internet": A Guest Article by Mark Francisco (BBHR 5/14/2003)

Mark Francisco of Comcast writes about Comcast's ongoing trial of energy management services in collaboration with the electrical utility.

Broadband Home Central: Topical Index: Guest Articles

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Energy Management - "Broadband Without Internet": A Guest Article by Mark Francisco (BBHR 5/14/2003)

Mark Francisco writes about Comcast's ongoing trial of energy management services in collaboration with the electrical utility. This is an example of a "Broadband without Internet" application which requires a persistent broadband connection but does not require high speed or other features associated with the Internet. As Director Engineering Home Services, Comcast New Media Development, Mark Francisco has been leading an engineering team centered on using the best of Comcast's data, telephony and video resources to seamlessly provide additional services to their customers. He currently serves on the CableHome Certification Board. Previously, he led the systems integration of CDMA Cellular Phones for Motorola and developed microwave communications hardware for satellites.

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"There is an opportunity to make a 'Home' experience rather than a WeMo or Google experience and aggregate the different solutions to one interface," say Comcast engineering fellow Mark Francisco and Charles Cheevers, CTO for the CPE business at ARRIS, in a paper presented at the INTX cable show in Chicago.

"The penetration rates of these services have been typically below five percent of the homes served by an MSO," Francisco and Cheevers note. "These services, particularly security, have inertia factors from cost-per-month to the hassle factors of installation in the home," and they "are typically also not integrated into the MSO's own gateway and TV experience. Thus they do not leverage any real CapEx synergies to improve the ROI or capability to lower the overall cost per month."
But, they quickly add, this is no reason to give up on the possibilities of the connected home segment of the global IoT market, which McKinsey predicts will reach $200 billion to $350 billion by 2025. "It's clear that the MSO cannot ignore this trend of connecting more and more devices in the home," Francisco and Cheevers say. "Rather than let it just be a burden on the connectivity infrastructure that the MSO has invested in, it seems that there is real opportunity to drive new revenue opportunities from onboarding…new devices and creating value-add elements in the connectivity and service ecosystems."
As Francisco and Cheevers argue, when it comes to standing up their own connected-home services, operators have many assets to leverage, including technicians in the field, direct customer relationships, the ability to amass and put to good use immense amounts of data, and a vendor supply chain offering a new generation of solutions for building holistic, multi-application services. But they don't yet have the whole-home networking environment suited to supporting a plug-and-play mode of application activation that expands consumers' options while unburdening them of the costs and hassles that come with setting up multiple, incompatible solutions throughout the home.
Operators will need to be able to deploy gateways, Wi-Fi extenders, set-tops and even remote controls that are equipped to support short-range wireless connectivity protocols like IEEE 802.15.4, used with ZigBee connections, and Bluetooth low energy (BLE). "This allows for easy onboarding of any service provider IoT devices or consumers' own purchased wireless devices," say Francisco and Cheevers.
Francisco and Cheevers argue that in exchange for incurring the one-time CapEx and installation costs to put this automated wireless platform in place operators will have an open door to exploiting whatever IoT opportunities they see for years to come in the context of offering consumers a much lower cost and better service experience.

Q&A with Charles Cheevers, ARRIS ...

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Q&A with Charles Cheevers, ARRIS and Mark Francisco, Comcast on IOT

One such talk was Imagine Park's "Why the Internet of Things is Definitely Still a Thing" featuring Comcast Engineering Fellow Mark Francisco and ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers.

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