differ on IPTV's competitive impact
Connecting the research dots is especially tricky in the IP
world. There is no shortage of research groups and analysts
delivering forecasts, predictions and expectations. Yet there's
a certain caveat emptor mentality when you are trying to put
it all together.
For example, from ABI Research we hear that the "telcos will
ultimately prevail over cable operators and local governments.
We are at the cusp of a strong run-up in IPTV subscriber bases
over the next year or two and the telcos have sympathy at
the highest levels of government."
Turn the page, however, and Kagan Research tells us: "The
cable industry is better positioned than ever before to defend
against ever-mounting competitive threats while delivering
robust revenue and cash flow growth."
Its forecasts include residential growth to reach $142/month
per subscriber in 2015 and nearly 29 million IP voice subscribers
by then, along with 45 million cable modem subscribers.
Then there is this from Pyramid Research: "For most telcos,
traditional voice is a key obstacle facing triple play uptake
and subscriber RGUs (Revenue Growth Units). The telcos' own
destructive obsession to protect their legacy voice services
has been detrimental to the development of attractive triple
And finally, Parks Associates asserts: "The strong growth
in DSL services is not without its cost. Though DSL service
providers averaged 1.4 million new subscribers since 2Q of
2005, versus cable's 1.2 million, their ARPU (Average Revenue
Per User) is $34/mo per sub versus cable's $41 per sub. Being
a price leader may work in the short term, but in the long
term, they must provide appealing service bundles."
At day's end, there's not only a lot of forecasts and predictions
to digest, but lots of dots still to be connected before the
final picture can be seen.
NDS taps integration partners
for new IPTV middleware system
has entered the hotly-contested IPTV middleware sector. NDS
introduced its entrant, dubbed Synamedia Metro, at this week's
Globalcomm show in Chicago. The middleware comes pre-integrated
with IP set-tops from Samsung
Technologies' DRAM-based "B-1" video-on-demand server.
Synamedia Metro also supports applications supported by NDS'
MediaHighway middleware system, including an electronic program
guide, and NDS' VideoGuard digital rights management and content
NDS, which will compete in the sector with companies such
as Microsoft TV, OpenTV Corp., and Siemens (through its acquisition
of Myrio), believes its deployment experience with MediaHighway
will bode well for its new IP-based middleware platform.
"Telco operators can benefit from the experience that NDS
has gained in delivering middleware solutions to over 38 million
subscribers and be sure they can launch advanced TV applications
at least comparable with their competitors - while also taking
advantage of the two-way nature of IPTV," said Nigel Smith,
VP of the Broadband Internet Group of NDS.
NDS did not note any trials or deployments for its new IPTV
Juniper creates Open IPTV
Networks Inc. has created an initiative which it says
will "enable providers to more rapidly and cost-effectively
deploy IPTV using open, flexible and best-of-breed networks."
The program, called the Open IPTV and Multiplay Initiative,
is designed to help streamline service delivery in multi-vendor
network environments, Juniper said.
The first phase of the initiative will be the Open IP Service
Creation Program, created to enable applications to interact
intelligently with the IP network.
Why the initiative? IP networks are complex and many times
fraught with disparate software, hardware and management systems.
The initiative is designed to help create a seamless process.
Pulse passes VDSL test
a designer and manufacturer of electronic components, and
have successfully demonstrated an error-free transmission
of video, voice and data over VDSL2 in "ring trip" conditions.
In what Pulse is calling a "technical breakthrough," the
test results overcame a major problem for telephone companies
delivering IPTV service over traditional phone lines.
The problem is that when digital video signals are transmitted
simultaneously over VDSL2, interference can occur by ringing
voltage or "ring trip." The result is corrupted video and
unacceptable voice quality. And that's not good.
The test was conducted at Broadcom Corp.'s design lab in
What's the big deal? Performance is crucial to a VDSL network,
and ring trip has been a major hurdle to IPTV service. Now,
the rubber meets the road: performance in a customer's home.
Skype ships software with Dell
a provider of Internet voice and video communications software,
will ship its software with Dell's
new XPS M1210 and M2010 mobile systems, the companies announced.
The agreement will allow Dell to provide customer access
to Skype's voice and video Internet calling software. Dell
will be able to pre-load Skype on the XPS 2010 mobile entertainment
system, replete with a 20.1 inch HD display with integrated
webcam, the companies said.
What's the deal? Another play by IP companies to link voice
and video over mobile systems.
Free calling from Vapps
a VoIP conference call provider, will offer free conference
calling for up to 500 participants to Skype's 100 million
registered users, the company announced.
Vapps' conference calling technology will be used by Skype
to complement its growing business market, most importantly,
the small to medium sized businesses, the company said.
Why the freebie? Skype's strategy is to differentiate itself
from the competition, and one way is to offer free conference
calling to endear itself to the lucrative small to medium
sized business markets.
Ltd. and Phylogy Inc. have combined on the release of
the AdrenaLine xDSL Conditioner.
DSL's rate and reach gets redefined
Industries Ltd. and Phylogy
Inc. have combined on the release of a new DSL line
conditioning product, the AdrenaLine xDSL Conditioner that
they say will redefine the rate and reach by which data can
be deployed over copper telephone lines using ADSL and ADSL2.
AdrenaLine is a hardened OSP enclosure system employing Phylogy's
Triple Stream technology, and is installed midway between
the DSLAM and the subscriber.
What's the big deal? Noise and signal amplification have
been DSL's biggest nightmares. By redefining the rate and
reach, DSL download speeds can be increased and reach can
Four combine for IP over WiMAX
A foursome that includes VCom
Networks are demonstrating IP voice over WiMAX technology
that will enable IP voice over IEEE 802.16 air interface standard
by incorporating QoS on behalf of authorized IP voice sessions.
The demo shows a deployable SIP-based voice solution for
broadband wireless service providers, the companies said.
Massillon moves to VoIP
Massillon Cable TV, a 47,000 subscriber system in Ohio, will
step up its services to include a VoIP subscriber management
and billing system from RR
Enterprise, the companies announced.
Massillon added the systems to allow its full launching of
triple play services.
Charter bows business bundle
Communications has introduced a business-class offering
that cobbles together high-speed Internet and video services
starting at $99.99 per month.
The Charter Business Bundle also features voice services
in the MSO's Southern Wisconsin and St. Louis markets.
The basic bundle features 10 e-mail accounts with 20 megabytes
of storage, three dynamic IP addresses, 20 megabytes of Web
hosting storage, and the operator's standard/expanded basic
video package. Where phone is offered, the bundle supplies
two lines and a feature package of call waiting, caller ID,
three-way calling, call forward busy/no answer, and 30-number
Charter presently provides business-class services (sans
phone) to more than 150,000 customers.
Time Warner contracts with
Lone Star state
Warner Cable will provide the Texas Department of
Information Resources with broadband data services for its
state and local governments across the state.
Time Warner will offer single billing to government entities
with multiple locations around the state, along with consistent
pricing. As part of the agreement, Time Warner will also work
with small, minority-and woman-owned businesses throughout
SkyPilot and NuTel building
a provider or wireless mesh networks, will provide NuTel
Broadband Corp. with equipment to build Wi-Fi mesh
networks in more than 200 domestic markets, the companies
The agreement with SkyPilot will allow NuTel, a managed service
provider that is delivering broadband Wi-Fi services through
various partnerships, to rollout its Wi-Fi networks in 14
states this summer, the company said.
Why the agreement? It's an ambitious strategy by NuTel to
reach under-serviced suburban and rural subscribers and small-to-medium
provide NuTel Broadband Corp. with equipment to build
Wi-Fi mesh networks in more than 200 domestic markets.
And the research says…
Income counts with high-speed
With 69 percent of U.S. households now subscribing to an online
service at home, the household income factor is now playing
out, according to Leichtman
Research Group (LRG).
For example, cable is attracting the higher income households,
while DSL the middle-income homes. Thirty-seven percent of
all households with annual incomes over $75,000 subscribe
to cable broadband, while 27 percent subscribe to DSL.
And among all households earning $30,0000 to $75,000 per
year, 21 percent subscribe to DSL and 18 percent to cable,
Also, the mean annual household income of cable broadband
subscribers is 12 percent higher than their DSL counterparts.
LRG forecasts that by year-end 2010, there will be more than
105 million residential online subscribers in the U.S., with
about 80 percent subscribing to broadband.
Net2Phone sues Skype
reportedly filed suit against Skype
Technologies, alleging that the Skype has infringed
on a patent tied to point-to-point Internet calling.
Net2Phone filed the suit last week in the U.S. District Court