Broadband Briefs for 01/22/09
• Martin defends against mismanagement claims
By Wireless Week Staff
Kevin Martin, until recently resigned as chairman of the FCC, wrote a 136-page report to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce this week defending his administration against claims of abuse and mismanagement.
“In my view, the Majority’s report ignored relevant information, contained numerous errors and lacked substance. … I feel it is necessary to respond to and correct many of the staff report’s errors and mischaracterizations,” Martin wrote.
Martin resigned on Tuesday. His replacement is widely expected to be Julius Genachowski.
• iSuppli: Global STB shipments will double from 2007 to 2012
By Traci Patterson
Worldwide set-top box (STB) shipments are set to nearly double from 2007 to 2012, according to iSuppli Corp., and the percentage of total STB manufacturing conducted by contract manufacturers will increase to 75.3 percent in 2012, up from 67.8 percent in 2007.
Global STB contract manufacturing will soar to 162 million units in 2012, double the 80 million figure in 2007, iSuppli predicts. This high growth outlook is spurring intensified competition among contract manufacturers and changes in the industry landscape, iSuppli says, which will affect brands, contract manufacturers and component suppliers that operate in the STB supply chain.
The major factor driving the expansion of the STB market in the near-term is the surge in demand in North America and Western Europe, due to looming deadlines for the transition of TV broadcasting signals from analog to digital.
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