There is now a sort of perpetual feedback loop in which consumers demand more broadband services, and demand that access be available in more places, which encourages consumer electronics manufacturers to create more electronics devices leveraging Wi-Fi connectivity, which leads developers to generate more mobile applications, which inspires more consumer demand.
Long gone is the one-size-fits-all model once embraced by cable, telecom and wireless service providers. The new model must now track fickle and demanding consumer behavior being driven by new-era digital technology and the dizzying pace of anytime, anywhere connectivity and content.
Multiple system operators offering services for business enterprises and wireless backhaul over Ethernet networks face intense competition from telecom service providers. The telcos have a long history of providing network solutions for businesses – from small to very large.
This time, consumers are reeling from the lingering effects of the longest recession since WWII, which makes it a bad time for the industry to raise prices again (and again)...
RealNetworks, originally known as Progressive Networks, was the first to develop and commercialize software that allowed websites to play audio and video content. The Mariners-Yankees broadcast was its public debut.
It was at the Menlo Park laboratory that Edison demonstrated his most famous invention: the first practical incandescent electric light on Dec. 31, 1879. The Greenfield Village museum nicely demonstrates the hardware used to develop the lamp.
While our journey has been nothing short of incredible over this relatively brief period of time, I think this will pale in comparison to what we will experience in the coming decade.
In the few months since I joined the SCTE as CTO, I’ve gotten involved in a broad range of projects that have been designed to help the cable industry reap the business benefits from technology. But few have struck a chord like the organization’s Smart Energy Management Initiative – SEMI, for short.
One of the most important people in Washington you’ve never heard of is Victoria Espinel. Her title is U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, but informally she is the “copyright czar.”
Webinars: Oct. 7 for Cell Backhaul Without Tiers & Archived Aggregating Content for MVPDs. Subscribe to CED’s daily Broadband Direct and look for CED Blog updates: Brian Santo's “And Another Thing,” and Mike Robuck's "Write Stuff".
For cable operators, the waves of narrowcast services are only going to get bigger and come crashing in with more frequency in the near future. In order to stem the tide, Comcast has been spearheading its Converged Multiservice Access Platform (CMAP) project with vendors, cable operators and other cable industry leaders.
Arguments over consumption billing and network neutrality flared up again this summer. The associative connector of the two issues is their technical underpinning: Consumption billing is based on the ability to measure, meter and/or monitor bits as they flow by.
Led by Clearwire’s partnership with Cisco, Intel and three cable MSOs, the wireless universe is expanding, and literally creating a broad spectrum of services, speed and mobility that just a few years ago could only be considered science fiction. And it’s spectrum that’s moving the needle.
The 2010 World Cup marked a significant turning point for North America. Because the U.S. had a much stronger team than in years past, several U.S.-based companies and broadcasters took a gamble by investing millions in content distribution.