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JAN-FEB 2013

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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CES CovEr agE Connected Homes Will Need More Bandwidth Get ready for another surge in bandwidth demand as consumers buy the next generation of electronic devices. By Masha Zager ■ Broadband Communities T he International CES always ofers a glimpse of the digital home of the future – and a clue to the future of bandwidth demand. Tis year was no diferent, as the show featured bandwidth-gobbling devices ranging from the enormous (UltraHD TVs) to the minuscule (connected watches). Te gigantic trade show, held in Las Vegas each January by the Consumer Electronics Association, hosts some 3,000 exhibitors, 20,000 product launches and 150,000 attendees. In reports about CES, caveats are always in order. Many big-name companies don't attend the show or don't reveal their plans. Some products and services rumored to be announced actually aren't. (Tis year, at the last minute, Intel's "virtual MSO" ofering failed to materialize.) Some products introduced with great hoopla never appear in the marketplace; those that make it into stores often vanish quietly within the year. Still others remain on the market but never gain the traction their inventors hope for. Good ideas founder on the shoals of content rights negotiation, technology and marketing challenges, investor hesitancy, intellectual property disputes and sheer consumer orneriness. It's a wonder any oferings succeed – but some of this year's crop certainly will. This is The Year of … The PhableT? Occupying the middle ground between the largest phones and the smallest tablets is a new type of mobile device: the 56 Learn more about what's driving consumer demand for bandwidth at the BroadBand Communities Summit in Dallas. The Huawei Ascend Mate was this year's most talked-about phablet. phablet. Phablets were introduced at CES 2012 and were back in force this year, with Huawei's Ascend Mate garnering much of the attention. Tough phablets' precise niche remains fuzzy and their category name is unfortunate, they appear to be popular with consumers. Research frm IHS iSuppli forecasts that phablet shipments will reach 60.4 million units in 2013, up 136 percent from 2012. Service providers and building owners should take note because phablets ofer "more lifelike viewing experiences" – which encourages consumers to watch yet more video on their mobile devices, both at home and on the go. To accommodate consumers who want to watch video on all their phablets, phones, tablets, ultrabooks and refrigerators (yes, refrigerators) at once, manufacturers and service providers are collaborating to develop a new generation of set-top boxes or replacements for set-top boxes. For example, Comcast will use ARRIS's new multiscreen video gateway, based on Intel technology, to bring XFINITY TV to multiple screens. Time Warner Cable is taking a diferent route, teaming up with Roku to bring its video to mobile devices via existing Roku boxes. UlTra-hD TVs Now that consumers have fnished replacing their old standard-defnition, bulky televisions with high-defnition, fat TVs, the industry is ready to move About the Author Masha Zager is the editor of BroadBand Communities. You can reach her at masha | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | January/February 2013

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