Competition to enable full-duplex links for cable increased this week when Intel Capital threw its weight behind startup GenXComm, a chip-maker looking to open up operators' entire spectrum for 5G, mobile and cable networks.
Intel Capital was one of several new and existing investors that poured $7 million into the one-year-old vendor; the money will be used to extend GenxComm's research and development team, reported Light Reading's Dan Jones.
Full-duplex communications enables one node to both send and receive data simultaneously via the same channel, thereby doubling a telecommunications' system.
"GenXComm's robust simultaneous self-interference cancellation (S-SIX) technology unleashes the full potential of the spectrum used for today's 5G mobile, WiFi and cable networks by allowing channels to be stacked one next to the other with no empty spectrum between them," a GenXComm spokesperson told Light Reading. The startup is developing a chip for analog cancellation that will empower operators to fully maximize their available spectrum.
And over the past five years, Kumu Networks developed, and then tested, full-duplex small cells. After trials with TIM last year in Italy, Kumu now says its full-duplex relay is read for the market and the vendor is miniaturizing the technology to fit on a chip, RCR Wireless wrote.
"[GenXComm is] developing an optical chip (optical delays) for analog cancellation," Joel Brand, VP of product management at Kumu, told Light Reading. "Such [a] solution has very limited market applicability and that's why they are going after the cable infrastructure side (Remote PHY) while Kumu is going after the many millions of CPE devices -- including cable modems, WiFi APs and LTE femtocells."
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
As the pool of savvy, fiber-rich operators across the US rural and regional landscape wanes, the financial community will grow even more interested in acquiring or investing in them, a CoBank report says.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.