Wireless and Home Networking: A Foundation for Service Provider Applications
Timothy Burke, Liberty Global
The rush of competitive pressures and technical advancements are driving a host of next-gen networking technologies and a proliferation of wireless networked devices.
Wi-Fi technology is being integrated into common devices such as digital still cameras and MP3 players and printers, including Apple’s iPhone and Hitachi’s Wooo camcorder and other similar devices.
The result is a growing number of technical options for wireless home networking, and both technological and economical benefits of various wireless home network solutions.
But first, a number of drivers should be explored, including the use of wireless home networking standards, ease of use and social networking.
Overview of TV White Space for Cable TV Industry
Tom de Breuil, Motorola
Following the FCC’s newly adopted rules for unlicensed operation of TV Band Devices (TVBDs), a wide range of applications – from broadband wireless internet connectivity in rural areas to consumer-based whole house automation – are expected to be supported by TVBDs.
Most notably, the post-DTV transition will free up additional spectrum called "Digital Dividend" and unused spectrum not assigned to TV channels referred to as TV white space.
Making this white space available should address the need for more wireless internet service spectrum and could potentially be used for wireless home networking.
Getting To 4G Via Wi-Fi in the Real World
David Park, BelAir Networks
The wireless piece of the quad-play is an integral component of the bundled package, and enabling wireless services to be effectively deployed on a cable operator’s existing HFC infrastructure is becoming a top priority.
With the emergence of fully mobile cable-optimized base stations, Wi-Fi can be used as a complement or an alternative to next-gen mobile standards that rely on licensed spectrum.
Cable operators are uniquely positioned with their HFC plant to deliver quad-play services, particularly in how their plant can be leveraged as a mounting location for wireless base stations.
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