The FCC approved an order today that will let telcos experiment with shutting down their old-school analog networks in favor or running IP-based networks. As he said in an interview with me Tuesday FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler notes that these shut downs are trials and the FCC is watching them closely to ensure consumers don’t suffer. For more on the topic check out this post or this one.
Servers and switches are getting better, faster and cheaper, but the cables and ports linking them aren’t keeping up. Can we ever find an interconnect that’s better than 1 GigE?
Don’t use your landline? Don’t have a landline? You’re in the majority according to the latest data from the CDC. The agency is tracking the death of landlines to understand how it needs to adapt its phone surveying techniques to counter bias in landline-only surveys.
How do prices, speeds and rates of adoption for broadband in the U.S. stack up with the rest of the industralized world? Not as well as you might think. Here are some key facts on the state of broadband.
AT&T is going all-in on IP – the Internet Protocol, and cutting the cord with its past. Instead, it will push newer, faster broadband via a hybrid of fiber-and-copper technologies. And what that means is end of the line for classic DSL. Nothing wrong with it.
The other shoe has dropped on the copper telephone network with AT&T pledging $14 billion in new network investment in wireless and wireline networks with nary a dime or commitment for the old copper telephone network or DSL lines. Instead Ma Bell recommends LTE.
Vectoring, a technology that eliminates crosstalk on a DSL line can boost speeds on existing copper to up to 100 Mbps. And apparently service providers are interested in testing it out, according to Telebyte, which launched the first gear capable of testing how vectored lines perform.
Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has shown it can take copper DSL and push it to gigabit speeds over 100-meter distances, the company said on Wednesday. This will help cost-conscious ISPs such as AT&T gradually extend fiber to the edge.
A report shows that by 2018, the traditional phone system is going to be reaching less than 6 percent of U.S. residents. It’s perhaps time to rethink the very notion of what a phone is and what defines the classic phone network.
Thin-film solar panels — solar PV panels that use alternatives to silicon to convert sunlight to electricity — have one big champion. That’s First Solar, the world-leading producer of cadmium-telluride panels. The other thin-film chemistry of copper indium gallium selenide — CIGS — holds less than 2 percent of global market share. But a few other CIGS companies are selling in the 100’s of megawatts today, including Japan’s Solar Frontier, which specializes in CIGS, and Germany’s Q-Cells, which makes both polysilicon solar panels and CIGS panels through its Swedish acquisition Solibro. Today, Q-Cells launched sales of its CIGS panels in the United States, seeking to colonize a new market that’s actually growing, rather than shrinking, as is the case for Europe’s previously leading markets of Germany and Italy. Q-Cells started selling its silicon solar panels in North America a year ago, but it doubtless wants to position its CIGS cells as a contender to First Solar, since CIGS panels tend to have slightly higher efficiencies than First Solar’s cadmium-telluride panels. Can CIGS catch up? With Q-Cells and Solar Frontier making their marks, and General Electric planning to enter the market with a 400MW production line, investors are likely anxious to see if the very richly funded CIGS startups such as Miasole, Nanosolar and Solyndra can get off the ground.