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's briefs include Nokia's Wibree, studies on fiber deployment and screen usage, and an example of a really niche channel.
Major mishaps for utilities may be good news for BPL vendors. With electricity demand and costs rising, and regulators under pressure for why outages aren't quickly pinpointed and fixed, the focus at BPL conferences has shifted from consumer broadband to internal utility applications. Both capabilities need the same basic infrastructure and keeping the lights on may be an easier sell to the regulators than pursuing a new business.
We had always been skeptical that BPL could be used to provide broadband service in rural areas, since the deployment costs seemed very high when the population density is low. Conversations with two innovative companies, and a visit to rural Virginia, convinced us that there's hope for people in unserved and underserved markets.
The excitement and enthusiasm were palpable. Jeff Pulver's Video on the Net sub-conference at Boston VON had some of the same feel as the earliest Voice on the Net shows. There seemed to be wide agreement that online video is a disruptive technology, still in its earliest stages. Speakers ranged from well-known names like AOL and Yahoo! to start-ups covering all aspects of online video, including content sources, methods of publishing, syndicating, distributing, searching or aggregating it. Where it will go and what will endure remains to be seen.
IPTV has become a hot topic. All eyes are on new deployments around the world, including AT&T, Deutsche Telecom, BT and Telecom Italia. Catch up on the latest IPTV information at the TelcoTV 2006 conference, coming up November 6-8 in Dallas.