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Blowing away the bottleneck

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by David Iler, Contributing Editor | Comments

An early contestant for the most hyped technology of 2001 is actually a network protocol that's been around for almost 30 years. The latest iteration of Ethernet, namely Gigabit Ethernet, is becoming the foundation for a wave of broadband carriers entering the market, and is being proffered by some vendors as a cure for the bandwidth bottleneck blues.

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FTTH Starts making house calls

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty, CED Associate Editor | Comments

While scientists and commentators are marveling at the recent success in mapping the vast complexities of the human genome, a small, but growing number of broadband service providers are taking a fresh look at the minute details of a delivery platform that was once considered pure fantasy. Like many other broadband technological developments before it (e.

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Pace integrates Sega into digital home gateway

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pace Micro Technology–The Americas revealed in January that it would be integrating the Sega games platform into its digital personal video recorder (PVR) home gateway (set-top boxes), providing consumers on-demand access to hundreds of console-quality games with 3D graphics, digital-quality sound and full-motion video.

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Rushing for unlicensed spectrum

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty, CED Associate Editor | Comments

When it comes to blazing new trails in alternative broadband delivery technologies, fixed broadband wireless has hit its fair share of potholes. In fact, some would say its not all that surprising that the overblown hype surrounding MMDS and LMDS spectrum auctions a few years ago helped drive the technologies over a cliff a short time later.

Fixed wireless standardsmissing the mark

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by David Iler, Contributing Editor | Comments

No one receiving Unlike the cable industry, the various standards efforts and industry consortia in the fixed wireless sector remain fractured. "They're for the most part not working together," says Andy Fuertes, vice president of communications electronics with Allied Business Intelligence. Sprint, to date the most aggressive provider of Multipoint Multichannel Distribution System (MMDS)-based...

Move over DSL... here comes wireless

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Growing concern over DSL distance limitations along with the quality of its connections, and nagging questions about provisioning times and lack of availability for cable modem service, are helping to elevate the fixed wireless business into an appealing segment of the communications space. Add to the equation lower deployment costs and less time for provisioning the smorgasbord of services tha...

Subsidized cable modems -Their time has come

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss | Comments

The FCCs inquiry on cable modem Open Access is meandering along, with all the usual suspects making all the usual arguments. But nobody is telling the FCC about the implications of subsidized modems. So let me share this with you. What does Open Access mean? To most people who are generally following the debate, Open Access means that I can go to Best Buy or Circuit City, buy myself a cable mod...

Electricity in the air?

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editorial Director | Comments

Such is the case with fixed wireless. I have to admit a certain skepticism in this area, because I've written probably a half-dozen articles extolling the virtues and the "promise" of the technology. Primarily focusing on MMDS, the technology was limited by bandwidth, reach and simple physics. Looking at LMDS, there was a ton of bandwidth, but getting those high-frequency bits and bytes to thei...

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LMDS hits the spot?

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Angela Langowski, Associate Editor | Comments

Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) is designed to replace the last mile of wire in a communications network with a wireless local loop and provide higher speed data access than wireline carriers can offer. It generally costs less than wireline approaches to implement and maintain, and it promises data speeds of up to 45 Mbps in licensed spectrum at the 10 GHz, 26 GHz, 28 GHz and 38 GH...

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MMDS Hunting for the perfectlast-mile connection

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Angela Langowski, Associate Editor | Comments

The last mile has been a bottleneck of frustration for residential customers waiting for high-speed Internet access. While cable and DSL have helped slake some of the thirst for data, those services arent available in many markets. But the story is just beginning. Soon, the data-deprived will have more choices if service providers that have embraced fixed wireless technology have their way.

Important lessons from the PVR

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D. | Comments

The Personal Video Recorder (PVR) provides a unique learning opportunity for technologists in the cable industry. A variety of lessons are available for those who would experiment with the device. Some lessons can be used to predict reactions of subscribers to other technologies of importance to cable.

Caught in a kilobyte world

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown, Editorial Director | Comments

Theres an old axiom that says you should never use yourself or your family to illustrate a typical consumers thoughts or wishes because you might not be as typical as you think you are. With that thought firmly in mind, theres inherent danger in reading too much into whats percolating within the minds of todays youth from what my 12-year-old son tells me, but Ill use it, if for nothing more tha...

Heel!

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty, CED Associate Editor | Comments

The implications of the multi-service era that's upon us are just beginning to hit home. High-speed data. IP telephony. Video-on-demand. Interactive advertising. E-commerce transactions. They're all great services that have enormous revenue potential. But, says Chris Bowick, vice president of engineering at Cox Communications, they're all bandwidth hogs that could, if not properly planned for, ...

DSL tackles retail distribution

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

The use of retail outlets as a sales and distribution channel for DSL (digital subscriber line) is assuming a more vital role in the DSL roll-out strategy for many telcos, ISPs and other DSL service providers. Locked in an intensifying battle with cable modems for high-speed Internet customers, DSL providers are looking at the retail channel as a means of gaining ground on their cable colleague...

No time to sing the blues

January 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by CED STAFF | Comments

Instead, the event (hosted by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers) attracted a record crowd of about 1,100 persons to the Crescent City. There, they were treated to updates on fiber optics, home networks, open access, video-on-demand and residential gateways, among other topics. The good news? Theres no shortage of new technologies coming down the pike to enable the suite of servi...

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