Intel's Docsis 3.0 Chips Also Do Wi-Fi Sharing
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Intel's Docsis 3.0 Chips Also Do Wi-Fi Sharing
Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) apparently doesn't have the Docsis 3.0 market cornered when it comes to wireless cable modem gateway chipsets that include a community Wi-Fi feature.Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) says it has also introduced software that turns those broadband devices into semi-public hotspots. Intel's Puma family of Docsis 3.0 chips "fully support hotspot and community Wi-Fi functionality," and it's already being used in U.S. and European cable systems, an Intel spokeswoman tells Light Reading Cable.Intel's top-of-the-line Puma6 chip supports a media gateway configuration that can bond 24 downstream channels, enough to produce bursts in the neighborhood of 1Gbit/s. (See Intel's New Docsis 3.0 Chip Guns for 1-Gig .)Community Wi-Fi is an important addition for Intel, because Broadcom, which announced its support for a the feature in Docsis 3.0 devices last week, confirmed that its new software won't work with other hardware. (See Broadcom Brings Wi-Fi Roaming to the Home and Broadcom Combines D3 With Community Wi-Fi.)With Broadcom and Intel both on board with that feature, cable operators will be able to offer more uniform roaming broadband coverage as they think about letting cable modem gateways share Wi-Fi bandwidth between the home user and authorized customers within wireless reach. The plan there is to allow for the partitioning of bandwidth between the two sides and establish a service set identifier (SSID) for the home owner and a separate one for roamers.By utilizing this community Wi-Fi component, operators can fill some significant residential gaps as they continue to deploy Wi-Fi access points in public areas. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK). Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), Bright House Networks , Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and Cox Communications Inc. have formed a Wi-Fi roaming alliance but have yet to announce community Wi-Fi plans for their D3 gateways. (See Cable's MVNO Option May Speed Wi-Fi Rollouts and Cable Goes Big With Wi-Fi Roaming .)If and when they do, having Intel and Broadcom on board means that a community Wi-Fi component would be supported by the only chipmakers with Docsis 3.0 products on the market. STMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM), the newcomer of the lot, isn't expected to introduce its first D3 silicon until early 2013 and has yet to identify any OEM partners for it. (See STMicro Takes On Broadcom, Intel in Docsis 3.0.)
Euronews: AlcaLu to Streamline Telefónica
Alcatel-Lucent's professional services unit has scored what sounds like a whopper of a contract win with Telefónica, signing an agreement to overhaul its network management systems worldwide. The hope is that AlcaLu will standardize software and procedures for Telefónica's fixed and mobile networks worldwide, as at the moment the Spanish giant's management processes vary widely from country to country. The value of the deal has not been disclosed. (See AlcaLu to Streamline Telefonica's Ops .)And lo, the iPhone 5 has landed, and the apes are getting excited again, metaphorically speaking. It launches in the U.K., France and Germany on the same day that it debuts in the U.S. (Sept. 21), but it won't reach most of the rest of Europe until a week later. Bloomberg predicts that the release of the iPhone 5 could spark a new price between European carriers, with the likes of Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) and Telefónica having to move back into subsidizing the handsets, just when they thought they were done with that mugs' game. (See Apple iPhone 5: What Happened & What Didn't .)A right old scrum has broken out between BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and BSkyB Ltd. (NYSE, London: BSY) over the rights to screen top-flight European rugby matches, reports the Daily Telegraph. BT says it has signed a deal with Premiership Rugby, the U.K.'s umbrella organization of the Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs, to exclusively screen U.K. premiership rugby for four years from the 2013-14 season, and to exclusively screen matches played by Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs in any future European competitions for three years starting from the 2014-15 season. Sky, meanwhile, says it has done a deal with ERC, the body in charge of European rugby, to exclusively provide live coverage of European competition rugby matches for four years, starting in 2014. And the ERC has told Premiership Rugby in the U.K. that the European rights aren't its to sell. All this fuss over a sport that uses a ball that is clearly the wrong shape. Strange, really.On a rather more dignified note, The Guardian carries an obituary of Sir George Jefferson, the former chairman of BT (in the 1980s) and the man credited with starting an international trend of state-run telecom companies turning private. Sir George was 91.The latest twist in the long-running dispute between Telenor ASA (Nasdaq: TELN) and Altimo , the other main shareholder in VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP), sees Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service contemplating dropping a lawsuit it had brought against the Norwegian operator over alleged share-transaction irregularities, reports Reuters. (See Antimonopoly Service Files Against Telenor.)U.K. regulator Ofcom has awarded the first two licenses for hyper-local digital terrestrial TV channels, which will be broadcast on a specific multiplex reserved for this type of station. One of the channels is based in the southern English coastal town of Brighton, and the other further north, Grimsby. In May, Ofcom invited applications to run local TV services in 21 local areas.
Telecom Clouds Drift Toward OpenStack
CHICAGO -- Cloud Connect -- Now that VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) has joined OpenStack, the open-source cloud management platform is expected to gain momentum as well among major telecom players operating their cloud subsidiaries, says the CTO of Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the company that helped develop OpenStack.John Engates was here to encourage enterprise CIOs to become part of the OpenStack movement in his Tuesday keynote, but in an interview, he also stressed the reasons why big telecom needs to get adopt the open-source approach to cloud."I think now that VMware is part of OpenStack, that changes the rules," Engates says. VMware has been the vendor of choice for companies such as Terremark , a unit of Verizon Business , and its embrace of OpenStack signals changes ahead. (See VMware Looks Into the Network.)Already teams of developers from VMware and OpenStack have staged a hackathon to work out how Cloud Foundry, the open-platform initiative started by VMware, will work on top of OpenStack, Engates points out.A handful of large carriers --NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT), KT Corp. , AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) -- have joined OpenStack but more are expected.As enterprises push for more open APIs into cloud platforms, both to ease the complexity of moving to the cloud and to prevent the dreaded vendor "lock-in," the pressure will mount on cloud operators of all kinds to embrace OpenStack, Engates maintains.Another major strength of OpenStack is its ability to more easily enable hybrid cloud platforms -- the combination of public and cloud operations that appeal to larger enterprises looking to combine the savings of commodity public clouds for some operations with the security and control of private clouds for other apps.Engates adds that U.S. operators are also quietly placing internal bets on open-source cloud computing, saying Rackspace counts the marketing organization of one major U.S. telecom player among its customers -- not surprisingly, he wouldn't name the company.While Rackspace continues to promote OpenStack and the open-source approach to cloud, its own cloud services business represents a classic case of "co-ompetion" with larger telecom cloud players. Rackspace buys bandwidth from the same telecom operators for which it is both a competitor and a supplier.In the SMB market, which is increasingly a focus for telecom players of all types getting into cloud services, Rackspace will compete vigorously, promising a level of service and support that Engates believes telecom operators can't match."We don't see software or technology as the way to hold onto customers," he says. "And while telecom players are trying to bundle a lot of things together, we tell almost a completely different story. We have fanatical support. We serve a subset of customers who are willing to pay a little bit more for a different outcome and a much higher level of service and support."
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