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Cable operators say demand is growing

A majority of cable system operators say the demand for faster and improved delivery of voice, video and data through cable modems and digital cable service has grown since the events of September 11t...


April 1, 2002  


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A majority of cable system operators say the demand for faster and improved delivery of voice, video and data through cable modems and digital cable service has grown since the events of September 11th.

Eighty-two per cent of respondents to the “State of Cable and Broadband 2002” study by Horowitz Associates, Inc. say they have, or are planning to, add new cable networks as one of several possible actions to deal with increasing competition.

The Larchmont, New York-based market research firm says the findings of its ninth annual study show that in spite of current events, market potential for cable, broadband and Internet remains high.

System operators say their projections for digital and cable modem installations, in addition to basic installations and premium channel gain, have remained the same or increased since September 11th. These results are consistent with attitudes of consumers, who indicate that since September 11th, watching television and being on-line are more important than ever before.

The biggest reported change in operator outlook is in their estimates of demand for cable modems: 44 per cent of operators surveyed have increased their projections for cable modem installations, while 46 per cent say their projections remain the same.

Projections for digital installations are also on the rise. Thirty-one per cent of operators currently offering or testing digital services say they have increased their projections, and 46 per cent say their projections are the same.

London high school gets fiber network

One of Canada’s first high schools to extensively install fiber networking, Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School in London, ON, is gearing up to install a new end-to-end fiber optic network system from London-based 3M Canada Co.

“Many people don’t realize that educators and students are big bandwidth users,” says John Palmer, superintendent of education with the London District Catholic School Board. “They need bandwidth and lots of it, especially to handle newer multi-media educational applications.”

Palmer, who oversees the school board’s secondary school information technology systems, says falling prices and simplified installation methods of new fiber technology enabled administrators to achieve their networking goals.

“Like any project of this magnitude, networking cost was a scrutinized factor,” he says. “When the school was in the planning stages we looked to Category 5e, and at the time it seemed to be the reasonable solution.” But he says that two months prior to going to tender, he found that they could install 3M’s fiber system for about the same price.

Scheduled to open to students in September 2002, the Volition system consists of backbone and horizontal fiber cabling, VF-45 fiber optic connectors and high-density networking equipment including workgroup switches, hubs and media converters. The system also includes fiber NICs, tools and single-or multi-mode cabling.

With two fiber drops servicing eight computers in each classroom, Palmer says that bringing fiber to the classroom and the desktop met the cost and installation challenges associated with the schooling environment. “Compared to copper, the installation process is considerably easier and less expensive,” says Palmer. “Instead of pulling eight copper wires into a classroom, we’re only pulling two fiber cables.”

GROUPS TO COLLABORATE IN CANADA AND HONG KONG

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) of Ottawa and the Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association (WTIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote wireless technology and build cooperative ties between Canada and Hong Kong.

“CWTA is eager to nurture this new relationship,” said Peter Barnes, president and CEO of the CWTA. “Combining the strengths of our respective wireless industries with new markets for our individual products and services will further enhance both economies’ established reputations in the telecom arena worldwide.”

The MoU is designed to facilitate the desire of both parties to promote wireless technology and create business opportunities within their own memberships and markets. Both organizations will share knowledge, research and data about their respective wireless industries, organize joint promotional events, and facilitate trade exchange activities.


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