Will widespread availability of internet access over analog phone lines at twice today's speeds dent the market appeal of high-speed access over cable? It's a question that has been raised by some strategists in the broadband domain in the wake of news that manufacturers of analog modems and chipsets are bringing 56 kilobit-per-second units to market, starting as early as this month.
When you think about it, reflection, perspective and proper planning are key factors in many aspects of our lives. This is true in many facets of telecommunications, whether it's planning for product roll-outs, setting the framework for the introduction of new services, overhauling existing systems to enhance connectivity and implement new applications or, from a local government's perspective,...
Amidst all the hype and hoopla about new broadband services swirling around the industry these past few years, there's been a small, but vital, revolution taking place in the back rooms and back offices of the industry. It hasn't received as many headlines as cable modems, interactive TV or telephony.
Once considered little more than a technical curiosity by some engineers, it now appears that backup electrical power from high-speed flywheel technology could be a viable option for telecommunications network providers within the next 12 to 18 months. After more than a year of development, Cambridge, Mass.
Once viewed as the telephone industry's secret weapon in its war with cable TV providers, asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) seems to have been sidelined by the baby Bells as they scramble to maintain their local loop monopoly. In a blow to U.S. ADSL vendors who saw their stock value tumble, Ameritech, BellSouth, Pacific Bell and SBC Communications retained France's Alcatel Telecom as ...
Addressing industry demands for more efficient bandwidth utilization and building on its experience with 64 QAM transmission over cable, General Instrument has developed a 256 QAM transmission system that provides far more efficient use of cable system bandwidth and expands channel capacity. This expanded channel capacity results in a 44 percent increase in information rate and a 50 percent inc...
"Return Systems 101" (see CED, August 1995, p.66) opened with the theme, "Everything Old is New Again." This article could be paraphrased as "what goes around, comes around." As more networks are being activated with operational two-way signal flow, more questions and ideas surface. Some questions are new and need answers.
This is exactly the kind of thinking that has some of the RBOCs, unable to keep up with increased demand for more lines, cellular and other services, in trouble with local utility commissions. Specifically, Pacific Telesis, US West and Bell Atlantic are pointing to a new Bellcore study that says the increasing popularity of the Internet is clogging the nation's telephone lines, making it much m...
Now the telephone industry has raised a new complaint—Internet subscribers are screwing up telephone networks because the networks weren't designed for Internet connections. Phone companies just can't get it through their monopoly mindset that when customer demand patterns change, the service has to change.
Today, there are many potential competitors on the horizon, each associated with a particular technology — cellular, PCS, LMDS, DEMS, 38 GHz, optical fiber, and of course, cable TV. But I believe that in the long run, there will be consolidation, and there will be a small number of competitors, each utilizing a mix of technologies.
What a difference two years can make. Back in 1994, the buzz around the telecom industry was how every major telephone company was going to aggressively upgrade its network with fiber optics and would be offering a suite of broadband services (e.g., cable TV, interactive entertainment and information, home shopping) to American consumers — all within a tight timespan.
The paradigm for manufacturing companies has shifted from the vertically integrated manufacturer of the postwar era to one working in concert with partner companies to create end-products. Companies may be partners at one level, such as manufacturing, while they compete at another level, such as marketing the product to the consumer.
For example, at last month's Convergence: Digital Television and Internet conference in San Jose, Stephen Weiswasser, president and CEO of the Americast consortium, was decidedly bearish. "The number of people on-line and the growth rate of on-line is decreasing significantly," he was quoted as saying.
The best known of these early efforts was the QUBE system by Warner Cable. This service was used in several communities, and was the subject of literally thousands of articles about future two-way offerings. One of the issues that began to surface in late 1981 was directly related to the QUBE service.
Many cable providers understand the compelling need to migrate to an all-digital network, for reasons including pristine signal quality over any distance, rock-solid reliability (bit error rates of up to 1 error in 1,000,000,000,000,000), compatibility with existing long-haul telecom networks and flexibility to accommodate every conceivable type of service.