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 focus on FTTH in the US and global broadband growth.
The Wi-Fi Alliance and the IEEE task group have set a common path toward an agreed standard and interoperability testing. Certified interoperable "draft 802.11n" products are expected to reach the market this summer. This should end the consumer confusion caused by the many incompatible "draft n" devices that flooded the market last year
While high-speed wireless networking is moving rapidly to fully-interoperable products, powerline networking seems to be going in the opposite direction. Three entrenched groups with comparable but non-interoperable product lines are coming to market simultaneously. The products appear attractive, but it's hard to see how consumers can sort through the conflicting claims, and nearly impossible for them to figure out what will work with what.
We recently met with Paolo Pastorino to learn about the current status of the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI). We think it's well worth watching.
One reader wrote to tell us about municipal networks in the Netherlands.
We hope to see some of you at Cable Show '07 in Las Vegas on May 7-9.