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 getting video directly to the consumer; "femtocell" as the word of the month; another letter in the WiMAX alphabet; wireless USB product certification; and more.
WCA continues to delight us because of the quality of its intellectual content. Barry West, CTO of Sprint Nextel, shared his vision of the mobile Internet and explained why Sprint is building a WiMAX network. Clearwire's CEO Ben Wolff shared his company's progress to date. After the show, they announced an agreement to jointly deploy wireless broadband services across the U.S., with plans to reach 100 million potential subscribers by the end of 2008.
There's been lots of hype about the upcoming auction of 700 MHz spectrum. The recent WCA conference was a great opportunity to get up to speed. Following the conference there was more public jockeying, with Google in the spotlight. The FCC is scheduled to make its decisions just after this newsletter went to press. We think those who had been enthusiastic about the potential of the 700 MHz band for personal broadband will be disappointed. There's too little spectrum, of the wrong kind, in too small blocks, fragmented into small geographical areas, with rules that favor the existing wireless carriers to warehouse it for future voice services.
More than two years ago, we started setting up a virtual private network (VPN) between our Florida vacation condo and our production network at home. We're delighted to report that we finally got it working earlier this month.
One reader wrote us with a correction to our recent report on forward error correction (FEC) in the DVB IPTV standard.
It is almost August, so it's time to start planning for conferences you want to attend in the next few months. The Fiber To The Home Conference and Telco TV are both well worth your consideration. If you are attending the FTTH conference and are interested in home networking, we'd love to have you join us at our half day workshop on that topic.