Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations you might have missed. This month we feature interesting telecom happenings in the UK and the ultimate validation of Wi-Fi.
Mobile broadband wireless will be a big deal over the next five years. The WiMAX promotion machine has done a good job in raising visibility of the needs and their view of solutions. If you listened carefully, the recent WiMAX World Conference provided a nuanced view of multiple solutions, more complementary than competitive. Away from the official announcements, we spotted some storm clouds on the horizon.
Telephone companies worldwide are deploying the "triple play": voice, data and video services for the home. Some are starting to deploy standards-based systems to manage home equipment of many types and from different vendors. To learn more about how telcos will manage the triple play, we talked with Netopia, whose products based on the TR-069 standard have been adopted by BellSouth.
Now it's time for the quadruple play. Many big players are focused on integrating mobile into the bundle. An announcement about how cable operators would obtain the spectrum, mobile services and integration with their video and data businesses has ended the suspense about how they would add mobility. The recently unveiled joint venture between Sprint Nextel, Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Advance/Newhouse aims to do more than just glue wireless voice onto cable's current bundle.
If IPTV and entertainment are on your radar screen, the coming month will be a good time to immerse yourself in those subjects at two upcoming shows.