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Consolidation in air at Broadband World Forum 2016

Bonding touted as solution to boost bandwidth for fixed and mobile services Major trade shows can provide useful bell weathers of a given industry and the recent Broadband World Forum 2016 highlighted two notable trends embracing both the fixed and mobile space, one business related and the other technical. For the former, consolidation was a

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Enterprise may drive Internet of Things boom

The Internet of Things (IoT) has reached a critical stage in its evolution where it seems to be caught between two tipping points, waiting for the final explosion after the arrival of joined up applications connecting different domains. The first tipping point came around 2014 with proven single domain applications and the arrival of big

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Virtualization approaches final frontiers in the home

Virtualization has been around almost as long as business computing after being invented by IBM in the 1970s so that “big iron” mainframes could mimic smaller machines for economies of scale. Later after personal computers arrived it reached the desktop with products like Soft PC allowing Apple Mac computers to run Microsoft’s Windows operating system

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“HaLow” sets stage for multi-channel Wi-Fi

Philip Hunter looks into the probable impact of “Halow”, the new low-power high-range standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Expect compatible devices to hit the market in 2018.

@nebul2′s 14 reasons why 2015 will be yet another #UHD #IBCShow

14 topic areas classified by decreasing level of visibility I have on how things are panning out in that particular domain:
1. Broadcast networks (DVB), 2. Studio equipment (cameras etc.), 3. IP network; CDN and Bandwidth, 4. Codecs (HEVC), 5. Head-ends (Encoders, Origins, etc.), 6. 4K/UHD resolutions, 7. Security for UHD, 8. TV sets & STBs, 9. Frame rates, 10. Next Gen Audio, 11. HDR, 12. Wide Color Gamut, 13. Work flows, 14. UHD-only content

IBC 2013, impressions of a 4K OTT show

Although OTT has been an IBC topic for a few years, we actually saw a plethora of end-to-end platforms that actually worked, often purely in the cloud. The range of supplier was impressive from Israeli start-ups like Vidmind to multinationals like Siemens or the pioneer Kit digital, now reprendre Piksel. There was also much more

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Continuing broadband boom heralds arrival of the home gateway at last

The home gateway has been talked about for long enough, but how many have actually been installed so far? Not a lot, and meanwhile its future appears to have been imperilled by the spectre of cloud services offering a safe and cheap place of unlimited capacity to store all that music and all those home

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Why CAT-iq matters

Standardizing plain vanilla phone services is important for triple play. This entry by Philip Hunter explains why.