Betting BIG

Baumgartner, Jeff; Brown, Karen
January 2005
CED;Jan2005, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p34
Trade Publication
The article focuses on various communications devices. Voice-over-IP came roaring to life with rollouts in 2004, and that will only strengthen in 2005 as players including Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications jump in with both feet. The big question for MSOs will be the decision between best-effort, SIP-based services backed by the likes of Vonage Inc. versus the quality-of-service philosophy of PacketCable-based service. Straight DOCSIS and wireless DOCSIS extension technologies have given operators the opportunity to pick off the low-hanging fruit-the small business customer. But fewer have attacked the midrange, and even fewer still have spent on the weaponry they'll need to track down and bag the big enterprise customers. DVR was the product buzzword of 2004, and that should continue in 2005 as the technology TiVo Inc. essentially pioneered spreads throughout cableland.


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