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Web Extras - March 2009

February 28, 2009 7:00 pm | Comments

"When commercial services first started taking off, customers typically were larger and were served via a CWDM-based network. The filters and drop cables needed to connect a subscriber were often spliced into existing closures, leveraging optical cables already in place for residential broadband services. As long as customers remained few and far between, this one-at-a-time method worked well.

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Preconnectorized solutions: For state-of-the-art optical access deployments

February 28, 2009 7:00 pm | by Mark Conner, market development manager at Corning Cable Systems | Comments

For commercial services now, and residential services in the future, preconnectorized assemblies enable very rapid network deployment, usually at similar or better total installed cost compared with current methods. Ultimately, the design methods and solution sets will be similar for both commercial and residential services.

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You Snooze, You Lose

January 31, 2009 7:50 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

MSOs have been hearing it for years, that providing business services is like printing money. It turns out the enterprise market is fruit that isn’t hanging all that low, but small- and medium-size businesses (SMBs) represent a clearly lucrative market that even the smallest operators can justify targeting.

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Next-generation set-tops and TVs

January 31, 2009 7:45 pm | by Hugh Carter Donahue, analyst and consultant on communications applications and policies | Comments

Digital set-top boxes and television receivers with robust memory and processing power will take on greater roles as cash registers and marketing agents in interactive and broadband video and advertising markets.

Consider the business of commercial installations

January 31, 2009 7:40 pm | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | Comments

While telephone techs were viewed, fairly or not, as professionals with crisp, clean outfits and white-gloved hands, cable installers were perceived as shirt tail out, tobacco-chewing, wall-drilling invaders who are only slightly more welcome than carpenter ants.

IN PERSPECTIVE: Cable’s cannibal diet

January 31, 2009 7:35 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

I got a demo of the Clear residential/mobile service last month, in a car with an in-dash screen and WiMAX (and Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi can come free with WiMAX). As we drove across the Willamette River and back, then picked our way through downtown Portland, Ore., Clear was easily downloading video from YouTube and Hulu.

MEMORY LANE: When the Internet went higher

January 31, 2009 7:30 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

Imagine the Internet didn’t flow from a tangle of buried wires but instead rained down freely from the sky. Wherever you go, it’s there, nearly anywhere in the world, its presence orchestrated by a band of satellites that toss signals to one another like baseballs, assuring seamless connectivity.

Open Mic - Near-term strategies for optimizing bandwidth

January 31, 2009 7:25 pm | by John Roy, Vice president of cable operations and engineering for the Comcast Media Center | Comments

Despite the current economy, there are a number of cost-effective solutions that can help cable system operators grow their businesses and improve their competitive position.

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CICIORA’S CORNER: Engineering projects and the Panama Canal

January 31, 2009 7:20 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

The first part of the story is a lesson in how a major success does not mean there will necessarily be another. The story starts much earlier with the French entrepreneur, Ferdinand de Lesseps, who built the 119-mile-long Suez Canal.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: Unethical behavior in Kevin Martin’s FCC

January 31, 2009 7:15 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

By the time you read this, Kevin Martin will no longer be FCC chairman, and we can all say good riddance. Late in his term, the Congress investigated reports of corruption and deceit at the agency. The result was a report full of name-calling...

Web Extras - February 2009

January 31, 2009 7:05 pm | Comments

The Evolution of Traffic Optimization - The challenges facing today’s broadband network are a result of technical and business decisions made early in the evolution of public data networks.

The Evolution of Traffic Optimization

January 31, 2009 7:00 pm | by Don Bowman, Sandvine's co-founder and CTO | Comments

The challenges facing today's broadband network are a result of technical and business decisions made early in the evolution of public data networks.

CED’s Person of the Year - Bergman shines brightly

December 31, 2008 7:40 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Bergman imprinted early with the cable industry as the daughter of Advance/Newhouse Chairman and cable executive Robert Miron, but she’s also an amalgam of leadership, curiosity, drive and determination, as well as a dedicated mother of three daughters. Bergman, who is president of Advance/Newhouse’s Bright House Networks (BHN), is CED magazine’s Person of the Year for just as many reasons, including for being on the spearpoint of the industry as a strategic thought leader.

WDM-PON for the MSO market

December 31, 2008 7:35 pm | by Timothy Badar, product manager for optical modules at ADC's Global Connectivity Solutions | Comments

In this article, we’ll look at how MSOs can use wave division multiplexed passive optical network (WDM-PON) to leapfrog their competitors and move beyond technologies such as gigabit passive optical network (GPON) to deliver scalable, dedicated and secure high-bandwidth services to residential and business customers.

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LTE: Telco’s Long Term Evolution

December 31, 2008 7:30 pm | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | Comments

In the maddeningly acronym-laced world of telecom, LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. This is shorthand for the 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) Release 8 effort to replace current third-generation mobile technology with IP-fueled voice/data networks that are faster than anything now available over the air and, in many cases, even through wires.

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