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Oct
22
2014

28 Billion IoT Devices to be Connected?

One reason mobile service providers particularly are interested in the “Internet of Things” and machine-to-machine apps is the sheer number of devices that will require communications capability.Where fixed network connections are a roughly one billion size existing market, mobile is a six billion existing market and IoT might be a 28 billion devices market, in the 2020s, according to equity analysts at Goldman Sachs. Even if average revenue per IoT device is, for example, about $5 […]

Oct
22
2014

Why We Need Three Orders of Magnitude More Bandwidth

Nobody would be surprised to learn that over the top video streaming has become a mainstream activity, and that the amount of streaming is increasing. Most would not be too surprised to learn that video–depending on resolution–requires two orders of magnitude, or perhaps three times more bandwidth than other apps. So a prediction that some mobile markets might well require 1,000 times more bandwidth (three orders of magnitude) over a relatively short time frame (perhaps […]

Oct
22
2014

Will Shift to Postpaid Shrink MVNO Market?

The line separating postpaid and prepaid mobile services is getting a bit more porous, as costs for single-line postpaid service are starting, in many cases, to approach the recurring cost of a prepaid account. “If you look at single line pricing, those price points are pretty darn close to what a prepaid customer would pay on prepaid,” said Fran Shammo, Verizon Communications CFO. The significant difference, some might say, is not just the matter of […]

Oct
22
2014

Alcatel-Lucent Announces New TWDM-PON Solution

AMSTERDAM — Alcatel-Lucent announced its new TWDM-PON (Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Passive Optical Networks) solution. This new fixed ultra-broadband access technology will allow operators to smoothly increase the capacity of existing fiber networks and meet all customers’ growing data demands. Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone have been engaged in co-development of TWDM-PON since 2010 to test potential deployment scenarios for the technology. During this time the companies have contributed to its standardization and completed a successful […]

Oct
22
2014

Broadband Forum Tackles G.fast Interoperability

AMSTERDAM – Ultrafast broadband, that can enable the Internet of Everything, which includes 4K-video and cloud-based applications, is a growing presence as a proportion of total world fixed broadband subscriptions, which reached a record 700.19 million this week. But now the big challenge for the emerging ultrafast technologies such as G.fast is interoperability. The Broadband Forum, a non-profit industry organization focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband networks, is hosting an Interoperability Pavilion at the […]

Oct
22
2014

Town of Orono, Maine Approves Fiber Optics in Tech Park

ORONO, ME — In an effort to spur economic development and bring new jobs to the community, the Orono Town Council gave the go ahead for a fiber optics development project that would establish infrastructure for high-speed Internet access at the Maine Technology Industrial Park, as reported in The Maine Campus, the student newspaper of the University of Maine. The project came about when Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) expressed interest in establishing satellite offices […]

Oct
22
2014

Sckipio Launches First G.fast Chipsets

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Sckipio Technologies, a semiconductor company that delivers ultra-broadband using next-generation G.fast-based modems in fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) architectures, introduced the G.fast modem chipsets, fundamentally changing how telecom service providers can deliver 1 Gbps ultra-broadband Internet access to bandwidth-hungry customers at the lowest cost per megabit. Sckipio’s new DP3000 G.fast DPU Chipset and CP1000 G.fast CPE Chipset deliver 1 Gbps last mile broadband access over existing copper wiring. The new chipsets are based on […]

Oct
22
2014

AFL’s New OSP MicroCore Cable Accommodates Up to 432 Fibers

SPARTANBURG, SC — AFL has expanded its OSP MicroCore air-jetted fiber optic cable product line with the introduction of a 432-fiber Telcordia GR-20 compliant MicroCore cable. With a 12.6 mm outer diameter, the 432-fiber OSP MicroCore is one of the world’s smallest high fiber count fiber optic cables with a stranded core geometry designed for easy mid-span access and fiber express through applications typically used in the FTTx market. “AFL’s new 432-fiber OSP MicroCore fiber […]

Oct
21
2014

Verizon Largely Laughs Off T-Mobile Competition -

Verizon’s latest earnings were released this morning, the company seeing a net income of $3.79 billion on revenue of $31.6 billion. While Verizon slightly missed Wall Street estimates, competition from T-Mobile didn’t dent big red much: the company added 1.5 million wireless customers in the third quarter, 1.1 million of which were tablets. Verizon saw a net gain of 1.2 million LTE smartphones but only a net gain of 457,000 phones, suggesting a 743,000 user […]

Oct
21
2014

CableLabs Posts DOCSIS 3.1 Test Schedule -

According to a new schedule posted to their website, CableLabs is prepped to host a DOCSIS 3.1 “plugfest” in “a multi-vendor environment” during the week of December 1. The company also plans to host a follow up interoperability testing session during the week of January 19, 2015. Most of the 1 Gbps promises you’re seeing made by companies like Cox or Comcast will rely on the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, which isn’t expected to see significant […]

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