Table of Contents For This Issue
At this time of danger and turmoil in the world, we send our special thoughts to all of you as we pray for peace.
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
The words "broadband" and "wireless" are appearing together with increasing frequency. In the US and many other places, DSL and cable remain the major paths for delivering broadband services to consumers. Clearwire's launch in Jacksonville, Florida provides an opportunity to see what happens when broadband wireless is introduced in a city where both cable and DSL services have been available for some time to many of the residents. We visited to see how they are doing.
Competitive carriers are not the only ones using broadband wireless. BellSouth is trialing broadband wireless for "DSL extension" in Daytona Florida. We interviewed the trial director.
We visited FastWeb in Milan two years ago and concluded they were leading the way into the future of converged services. We followed up to understand their new offerings and the impact on results. FastWeb has exceeded its financial and market targets while continuing to introduce innovative services including VOD, video communications and networked PVR.
We interviewed Celite Systems, whose approach to broadband over phone lines combines traditional DSL and cable approaches. The company says their technology allows faster and less costly broadband deployment for facilities-based telcos.
Dr. Jey Jeyapalan says that sanitary sewers, storm drains, waterlines, and natural gas lines represent an existing and currently unused path which could be used to overcome the last-mile bottleneck.
We report on our continuing tests of SIP-based IP telephony using VoIP phones from snom and Windows Messenger. We invite our readers to participate in our tests.
We followed up on a reader's question and report that several HomePlug devices are certified for use in Europe.
We don't pat ourselves on the back very often, but do want to acknowledge how much we appreciate some of the nice words we get from our readers. We received calls on our SIP phones and several readers wrote to share their VoIP experience.
We're speaking at a couple of conferences in San Jose in April. Please look us up.
We made two changes to the Broadband Home Labs section of our website.