It makes investment decisions very hard.
- Fixed: Is FTTH really the best, or can FTTN + DSL beat it? What about HFC, BPL and BiG? Is it wise to make big bets at all right now (FiOS), or is it better to be be slow?
- Wireless: Will any wireless technology ever be able to compete? How about xMax? Is it wise to make big bets now, or try to be slow and try all technologies (Sprint)?
- DSL: ECI Telecom will lead a consortium aiming for higher speeds, using dynamic spectrum management (DSM). Beyond VDSL2, mind you! John Cioffi argues copper has more available bandwidth than fiber.
- Cable: a comparable view, saying cable plant has plenty of bandwidth. However, with DOCSIS 3.0 still in development and DSL racing beyond VDSL2, this seems a tough point.
- BPL: Fiercewifi argues perhaps the time has come for a breakthrough. We have to look out for the Microsoft EMEA event in Munich in November to see a Motorola demo.
- TDtv: The British wireless incumbents will do a trial of IPWireless' TDtv solution, using existing spectrum. Jointly, that is, a smart decision. However, DVB-H seems to be the winner so far in Europe, and there is plenty of choice; like:
- MediaFLO: Sprint Nextel has a trial going on. Why not? They have CDMA-EV DO-Rev A, iDEN and (to be launched) WiMAX, so why not add a fourth network (not counting the possibility of yet another from the SpectrumCo/cable joint-venture. This would be something like: we try to optimize the utilization rate of our towers.
- Picocells: T-Mobile will use ip.access' nanoGSM gear for in-building coverage.
- Ruckus Wireless: Belgacom will use this company's WiFi solution for in-home networking, to support the Belgacom TV (IPTV) product. Ruckus just received funding from T-Online Ventures (a T-Mobile sister in the DT kamp) and Motorola.