Table of Contents For This Issue
We wish all our readers a wonderful holiday season and offer our prayers for a peaceful year in 2007.
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 include the correlation between broadband usage and a decline in TV viewing, and the impact smartphones are having on US mobile email growth.
Over the past year, IPTV deployments have moved from pioneering telcos and vendors to mainstream players using more sophisticated components and offering services like HD. This year's TelcoTV Show included issues coming out of real deployments, maturing technologies, AT&T's U-verse deployment and new packaged solutions for smaller telcos. Although much capital and attention are being provided to TV services over managed networks, online video over the unmanaged Internet is beginning to play a complementary role.
Ultra wideband chip companies believe that UWB will play an increasingly important role over time. We invited Billy Brackenridge of Staccato Communications to share his views of where UWB is going.
Getting video entertainment to the home is simple compared with distributing the video signal within the home. In addition to various wired approaches, multiple wireless technologies are competing for video distribution. Both 802.11n and multiple approaches to ultra-wideband (UWB) are in the game for multi-room video distribution.
We took the opportunity to pause and think about how effectively we spotted some of the trends over the past twelve months. We report on how the key areas we identified after last year's CES have fared over the year.
One reader wrote to comment on last month's guest article about traveling in Europe.
We're already anticipating CES in Las Vegas early in the new year. We hope to see some of you there.