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The business case for GPON in FTTP networks

January 31, 2008 7:30 pm | by Rick Schiavinato, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hitachi Telecom | Comments

The case for gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) is a simple one: in order to remain competitive, service providers need more capacity to carry bandwidth-intensive applications; fiber is the ultimate carrier of bandwidth, and GPON is one of the most cost-effective ways for a provider to deploy fiber.


UPfront Februray 2008 - Latest industry news and insights

January 31, 2008 7:27 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

UPfront Februray 2008 - Latest industry news and insights. Convergence tops CES agenda; Cox cozies up to Gemstar-TV Guide, NDS; First vendors thru DOCSIS 3.0 door; Insight’s Dietz retires; Cisco’s Giancarlo departs; Sprint taps new prez/CEO...



January 31, 2008 7:25 pm | by Traci Patterson, Web/News Editor | Comments

More than 95 percent of Canadians live in communities served by high-speed Internet access, and nearly 70 percent of Canadian households subscribed to a broadband service by the end of 2007.


Fighting for HD bragging rights

January 31, 2008 7:25 pm | by Traci Patterson, Web/News Editor | Comments

Cable operators, telcos and satellite providers are going toe-to-toe in the battle to offer more high-definition (HD) programming to their subscribers. The number of HD channels an operator carries, and the quality of the carrier’s HD offering, has been, and still is, a bragging point between the three camps, creating somewhat of a marketing frenzy.

IN PERSPECTIVE: The gang’s all here

January 31, 2008 7:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

We took a stab at predicting 2008 in our January issue. I thought it might be instructive to see what other people, not necessarily in the business, are predicting.

CICIORA’S CORNER: ‘The Farnsworth Invention’

January 31, 2008 7:12 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

You shouldn’t feel that you are unusual if you can’t identify the Farnsworth invention. Few people are familiar with the inventor’s name, but everyone knows the invention. Philo T. Farnsworth invented electronic television in 1921 when he was 15 years old.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: Must-carry technical fallout

January 31, 2008 7:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

By agreeing to dual carry broadcast signals for three years after the end of analog broadcasting, the cable industry dodged the bullet called “material degradation.” Or maybe the industry won on the degradation issue because it was a purely technical issue...

xOD Capsule - January 30, 2008

January 29, 2008 7:00 pm | by Michael Robuck, Senior Editor, CED | Comments

Having been on several tours of the 305,000-square-foot CMC main facility, located just outside of Denver, I've found that it's easy to become enamored with the various bits of technologies and services, and to get totally lost in the rabbit warren of rooms in the main building.


MEMORY LANE: Advertising’s missing link

January 26, 2008 7:15 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

Twenty years before there was a secretive cable industry initiative called “Canoe” meant to rethink the way cable advertising works, there was a precursor effort under way in Los Angeles.

IP Capsule - January 22, 2008

January 21, 2008 7:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Rather switch than fight - The adoption of switched digital video (SDV) is accelerating. In November, BigBand Networks claimed to have SDV available to 11 million households. Today, the company is claiming that its five U.S. customers have deployed, or are now in the process of deploying, the infrastructure to actually deliver video via switching to 20 million homes.


IP Capsule AZ Test

January 20, 2008 7:00 pm | Comments

 January 09, 2008  CED MAGAZINE    IPso Facto...   Simultaneity The IPTV market is like the

xOD Capsule - January 15, 2008

January 14, 2008 7:00 pm | by Michael Robuck | Comments

The SCTE's Conference on Emerging Technologies takes a long view of the technologies that will impact the cable industry three to five years from now, but that doesn't mean some of the material isn't applicable today.


IP Capsule - January 09, 2008

January 8, 2008 7:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Simultaneity - The IPTV market is like the computer industry in the mid '80s; PCs were available, but would not realize their full utility until being connected to networks years later. Likewise, TVs will not realize their full utility until they, too, are connected to networks. That's the story Microsoft is spinning, anyway, as related by spokesman Jim Brady.

xOD Capsule - January 03, 2008

January 2, 2008 7:00 pm | by Michael Robuck, Senior Editor, CED | Comments

xOD Capsule Newsletter - January 03, 2008

CED MAN OF THE YEAR - Kyle McSlarrow: Fighting the good fight

December 31, 2007 7:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The story of the FCC versus the cable industry is so grand, with so many unexpected plot twists, pitting two adversaries so evenly matched it almost begs to be related in the terms of a medieval tale: two boys grow up with dreams of greatness; one tries to lay waste to cable, the other – almost inadvertently – becomes cable’s champion. CED’s Man of the Year is cable’s knight-errant, Kyle McSlarrow.


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