Sezmi will deploy a hybrid broadcast/4G network.
I remember watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, back in the 1960s and marveling at the other-worldly, evolutionary tale that Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick were spinning. Maybe we havent quite achieved all that Messrs. Kubrick and Clarke envisioned, but now that its actually 2001, I think its still time to marvel at all that we have achieved.
With the nations unemployment at an all-time low of 3.9 percent, broadband service providers (BSPs) and other technology companies are in a mad scramble, looking for skilled workers to design, build and maintain their networks. Even news about workforce slashings in dot-com companies hasnt dampened the ardor of technology recruiting companies looking for people to help ramp up new broadband net...
For most of us, life has a way of passing by long before we complete the list of things we want to do. Given the means, most of us would love to climb a mountain. Or visit the ends of the Earth. Or travel to exotic locales. But its a fact that many people never have the chance to cross off more than a few items on that to-do list.
Hopefully, you were so intrigued with the extra publication that fell out of this months polybag, that you have already read Roger Browns Point of Entry column in our new In-Depth Special Report. If not, dont miss it. The CED editorial team has just launched a new series of highly-focused, solution-oriented reports that will take our subscribers deeper into the burgeoning world of broadband.
The image is everything message used by a popular camera maker may be a stretch, but for a growing number of cable and telecommunications vendors, suppliers and manufacturers, its eerily close to reality. Many old economy or traditional companies are morphing into multi-product houses and assembling numerous strategic alliances and acquired companies to reach the ultimate, albeit improbable, go...
Weve all felt the impact of airline delays and congestion this past year, and weve begun to read about the need to modernize the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. My local newspaper (The Washington Post) has even connected the congestion and delays to a shortage of aeronautical radio channels. But one of the ways proposed to solve this shortage could impose serious costs on cable TV operations.
As U.S. cable and telecommunications companies have grown ever-larger in size via consolidation, a rash of small, regional service providers have sprung up around the country. Theyre promising to bring new services at reasonable prices to their customers. Theyre promising killer customer service. Theyre promising bundled services on a single bill.
Through the pages of this report, we intend to help break down the barriers that have traditionally separated cable providers, satellite operators, telecom companies and others who are all striving to offer customers a wide range of high-speed data, video and packet-based voice services. We intend to provide the level of information that lives up to the name of the report series.
Despite an array of potential advanced services set-backsa worldwide shortage of fiber, tuners and memory chips, a disconcertingly empty retail channel for cable modems, and a Gordian knot of software integration problems that tripped up most interactive television effortscable and its broadband competitors posted enormous subscriber gains.
Call them what you wantoverbuilders, broadband or alternate service providers, even choice providersbut theyre kicking some serious assets into play as they prepare to take on cable and telephone companies in key markets across the country. The expanding war chest for a growing stable of broadband service providers that intend to offer voice, video and data from state-of-the-art networks built ...
Competition. Great word. Great concept. Except when youre the sole provider of a particular product, and someone has the audacity to offer the same thing, usually at a cheaper price, right next door. But, thats the situation more and more cable operators are finding themselves in when municipal-owned utilities decide to take broadband matters into their own hands.
Its no secret that Texans do everything big. They live big. They spend big. Hell, they even fight big. Remember the Alamo? Well, dont forget Austin either. Yep, thats right, Austin. As the United States enters the digital world of the 21st century, the primary goal of the 1996 Telecommuni-cations Act is finally coming to fruition.
For small, independent cable operators, the realities of increasing competition, advancing technologies, lack of access to capital and the growing popularity of new services are presenting both opportunity and concern as they redefine and reinvent their businesses. Small Operators' Numbers Game Average cost of key equipment: Converter boxes—$360 Headends—$360,000 computers—$25...