Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Powerline networking seems like a natural for home networking, yet it has been eclipsed by the tremendous success of Wi-Fi. The recent purchase by Intellon of its competitor Cogency made us wonder how the combined company is planning to grow their chips into a major force in the market. Our interview with Intellon CEO Charlie Harris and President Ron Glibbery provided a sense for their plans going forward.
In less than a decade, voice over IP has gone from a hobbyist toy to a threat to the future existence of incumbent telephone companies. In that light, it was fitting for Jeff Pulver to open this year's VON conference by talking about our ability to change the world. We take a look back at the signs that pointed the way to this VoIP future and examine a few of the companies that are trying to make their mark on the next stage.
The future of VoIP depends on support for both new "SIP addresses" and traditional telephone numbers. While SIP addresses work well on PCs, it's much easier to remember phone numbers and enter them on phone keyboards. ENUM bridges the gap by translating any phone number to a SIP address.
There's a constant flow of announcements about new products and services that promise to improve our ability to get the entertainment we want, when and where we want it. These include new digital media adapters, entertainment PCs, broadband movie and music services and portable flat screen TVs. With all these individual announcements, it's difficult to see the big picture of how these ingredients will come together to create the easy-to-use experiences consumers are looking for. At FastNet Futures, we pulled together some experts to explore key efforts to bring coherence to this still-emerging market.
2Wire has grown from a start-up provider of residential gateways to an established supplier to telephone companies like SBC and British Telecom. Part of their success has come from adapting their product plans to the realities and needs of the market. As their telephone company customers face increasing US competition from cable's "triple play," 2Wire has created a quickly-deployable solution to integrate the video experience telcos provide by combining DSL and satellite. We met with Brian Sugar to learn more about this latest direction.
Ikanos Communications has already delivered chips deployed in DSL devices running at 70 Mbps and is aiming at 100 Mbps symmetric over DSL. We met with them to find out more.
Next week, we'll be at the NCTA's National Show--the biggest cable show of the year. Please look for us if you're there.
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