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Deutsche Telekom Installing Millions of Vectored Ports

Still not turned on and not all 100 megabits. Deutsche Telekom has promised 24M lines of vectored DSL at 100 megabits in three years. They are ... more

Berlin, Paris, Palo Alto, Brooklyn Gigabits everywhere

As I travel, world class engineers are telling me what's coming is almost ubelievable. Palo Alto 6 February �Wireless capacity will go up 50 times in the ... more

Triductor, the New Chinese VDSL & G.hn Chipmaker

Yaolong Tan "Our chips are 8% faster than Broadcom's" Yaolong Tan earned his doctorate at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering in 2000. He worked in ... more

Huawei/HiSilicon Coming on Fast

Producing a vectored VDSL chip. Like Henry Ford steel & timber mills, Huawei seems to be following the path to "vertical integration." Their latest DSLAM board ... more

Wireless Cloud

Good News: Alcatel LTE in China Telecom

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Adds giant China Telecom contract to China Mobile. I'm glad I can break some good news for Alcatel. China Telecom is upgrading 60,000 towers to LTE, ... more

France's $13 Unlimited Voice, SMS Confirms Mobile Glut:

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Under $20 with 1 Gig of Data. Coriolis, riding the excellent SFR network, has brought French mobile prices down even further. For $13, you get unlimited ... more

New iPhone Doesn't Suck: Twice as Fast Processor, Multipath TCP-IP ...

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Apparently one helluva camera as well. Apple stock dropped $40B - 10% - because the new iPhone has a low wow factor. Pundits worldwide are explaining how ... more

Dumbly Disrespecting FCC Four Freedoms

Verizon refusing to connect Jeff Jarvis' LTE Nexus a very, very dumb move.  If I buy a new LTE tablet and want to shift my SIM ... more

Fiber News

Rogers Cable Big Fiber Home RFP

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Biggest Canadian may be getting serious. Does fiber replace DOCSIS? Alcatel thinks so, touting their new fiber customer, small Japanese cableco Tonami . Rogers might be the ... more

10 Gigabit EPON Going to Production

China Telecom buying in. 10G EPON has moved from trials to ordinary commercial use, Julie Kunstler of Ovum tells me after her visit there. Babak Samimi ... more

Russia Passing U.S. in Fiber. What?

Both around 20M homes passed but Russia surging ahead. Rostelcom, Beeline, MTS and others are running fiber to the basement and 100 meg Ethernet to apartment ... more

George Soros Bets $75M on U.K. Fiber Home

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Legendary investor sees a profitable business model Operating profits on a fiber network are typically very high - once it’s built and customers acquired. So the ... more

DOCSIS Report Cable

Cisco VNI: Broadband Traffic Growth Down by Half

U.S. wired growth down from 40% to 20-25%; wireless, from 100% to 40-60%. We've actually entered an era of bandwidth abundance. The biggest problem at major ... more

Voice Falloff Leads Revenue Down at Sweden's Com Hem

Wireless substitution cutting fixed voice subscribers. Cablecos, like telcos, inevitably will lose voice customers, probably soon at rate between 5% and 10% per year. Com Hem, ... more

960-1200 Megabit Cable Modems Ready to Go

Could but won't be offered for $5/month more than today's cable. Rogers Cable in Canada is deploying Hitron/Intel 24 channel modems that reach a (shared) speed ... more

Politics Limiting China to 5M Cable Modems

Despite a Politburo decision two years ago to increase competition, the Chinese telcos are succeeding in keeping the cablecos out of major markets. As broadband lines ... more

Internet & Television

HD Headed Under 2 Megabits: H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding

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4K Ultra HD also coming, for sets over 100 inches. Those who think we need 50 meg and more for home TV haven't been tracking the ... more

HD TV Over Home Wireless in Everyday Use at Swisscom

Saving a $200-$400 truckroll?  Vendors have been promising for years video quality wireless around the home, but Swisscom is the first Western carrier to offer a ... more

$40 IPTV Set Tops, Quantity 3 Million

With basic IPTV selling for less than $3/month, China Telecom can't afford an expensive set top. To bring prices down, they are requesting bids for 2.83 ml... more

Cordcutters: Roku, WD, Playstation or ??

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We made a mistake buying the Roku box. It's great for Netflix, but doesn't play AVI's and other common formats I get often. Dan Rayburn, the ... more

Latest Issue

Tom Starr signing

July 16

  • Berlin, Paris, Palo Alto, Brooklyn  Gigabits everywhere http://bit.ly/Manygigs As I travel, world class engineers are telling me what's coming is almost incredible.
  • Forbes: India Has More Net Users Than The United States http://bit.ly/IndiabeatsUSTheir 243 million Internet connection estimate is high but the result is inevitable soon.
  • Triductor, The New Chinese VDSL & G.Hn Chipmaker http://bit.ly/IndiabeatsUSCEO Yaolong Tan "Our chips are 8% faster than Broadcom's
  • 700M Broadline Lines Charted  Africa 5% growth, U.S. & West ~1% in latest quarter; China huge. World down from 15%/year to 5% in five years.
  • Deutsche Telekom Installing Millions of Vectored Ports http://bit.ly/dtvector Still not turned on and not all 100 megabits.
  • 16 Week Chip Logjam Driven By 1B Smartphones & China Mobile's 500K Basestations http://bit.ly/1t5tCcv Both Alcatel & Nokia can't keep up with demand.

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DOCSIS 3.1 gives multi-gigabit speeds. Phil McKinney, Cablelabs

Ted Rappaport is predicting wireless 5G at 5 gigabits or more by around 2018. G.fast DSL is talking 1 gigabit, probably delivering half. Everyone in New York and LA has been promised 400 megabits this year from Time Warner Cable.. Further out, an Ericsson wireless demo reached 5 gigabits and Alcatel claimed 10 gigabit DSL on two pair.

     Some of this is shipping. 300 meg (shared) LTE Cat 6 is starting to ship in Huawei phones. I am told the 400 meg TW Cable gear is installed and being tested. Deutsche Telekom has millions of lines of up to 100 megabit vectored DSL installed and ready to be turned on. John Cioffi has some ingenious plans to use gigabit WiFi to bond 100 meg DSLs from you and your neighbors, delivering several hundred megabits most of the time and gigabits sometimes.

    Now to get the politicians and companies to make it so.


  • AT&T has nearly frozen 5M promised U-Verse homes, by far the largest broadband build in the U.S. This is part of their D.C. influence game and the DirecTV merger.
  • Huawei's producing vectored VDSL chips. Both Huawei and Triductor are doing G.hn
  • DT reported that over 100,000 customers shifted from DSL to LTE. That trend is continuing, but not as fast as many expected.


Australian DSLAM article disclaimer

For the record, since I hope to keep down the volume of flames. I don’t know as much about Australia’s network needs as many CommsDay readers ... more

Germany: When Landlines End, Wireless Must Be Just as Good and Cost No More

Deutsche Telekom agrees. Even conservative politician Bernhard Kaster “will insist that there is no deterioration.” http://bit.ly/16gDiEV Bärbel Höhn of the Greens added, "What must not happen is ... more

For the record: Dave to Austan Goolsbee on USF Waste

  Obama $9B plan for faster schools will likely be full of waste. Austan Goolsbee, now the President's chief economic advisor, in 2006 wrote a paper on ... more

Times on Wheeler "An Industry Man for the F.C.C."

Time to answer questions. "President Obama has picked a former telecommunications lobbyist and campaign fund-raiser to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, raising serious ... more


Lisa Di Feliciantonio: FastWeb Quickly Deploying 3.5M Vectored Lines

Working closely with Telecom Italia. “Telecom Italia insisted installing our own cabinets would be impossible but our engineers disagreed. So we announced we would move ahead. With the regulator watching, Italia agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding. We are going ...


Big Vector Deployments Delayed Until 2014

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The vendors were optimistic about when the key problems would be solved. Belgacom was the first to say they are slowing down with little beyond trials until 2014. The Swisscom announcement speaks of q$ 2013 but will probably start slowly. Deutsche ...


Another ISP Hits the Dust: Telefónica Dumps 500,000 Customers at O2 Britain

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~$700 as Britain falls to 3 1/2 broadband players 4 companies - BT with 6+M Sky, Talktalk & Virgin with 4+M - control 20M of Britain’s 22M broadband lines as smaller ISPs can’t compete and get taken over. Telefónica found that ev...


Gigabit Easy with GPON and 10G PON for Decades

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Harstead and Sharpe of Alcatel base forecast on conservative traffic projections. 10’s of millions of homes, including millions at Verizon, have GPON connections easily capable of delivering a gigabit downstream to each home 99+% of the time. While the total ...


Smartphone Wars: $50 in China for iPhone 4 Performance

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Smartphones cheap enough for the poor are changing the world. Africa in a few years will have more Internet users than the United States. So will India, as cheap smartphones reach nearly everyone. Indonesians, nearly invisible on the web because ...


Cisco: Mobile Growth Going Down, Down, Down

2012 U.S. predicted 259 PB/month, actual 222 PB/month. World predicted 1,252, actual 884. The 100% growth rates for mobile data are disappearing, as predicted since 2009 by most experts and ignored by JG and other policy people. 86% in 2012 and ...