Posts about Cable Providers

Very rarely does a technical advance promise late-night infomercial-type results. Even rarer does that advance rely on repositioning existing technology in a way that is even simpler and less expensive than its original use. That unlikely scenario may play out in the cable industry. CableLabs, the industry’s research and development consortium, is working to transition a long-haul transmission technology – coherent optics – for use in parts of the network far closer to end users ...
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For someone who "grew up" in the Internet/dot.com era (1993-1997ish), where men were men and the fastest commercial Internet backbone at the beginning of the '90s ran at T-3 (45 Mbps) speeds over fiber, it's alternatively humbling and cool to be on a 20 Mbps home cable connection with 100 Gbps optical network links slowly and steadily being turned up around the world. Just how fast can the world go in the next decade?
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Over the weekend I spent a little time digging into O2's plans to offer a free citywide WiFi blanket across London. As any regular readers of the blog will know, I'm a huge supporter of WiFi blankets. In 2011 we saw some encouraging signs that rollouts were starting to grow in size and frequency. New York had a number of interesting projects deployed and some European cities also moved forward with rollouts in parks and other public places.
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