Archive for May, 2013

Former Quest Internet Beginning Foray Into 1Gbps FTTP?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The last mile network that the former Quest Internet is transforming has been coming along conservatively. While CenturyLink has been using a fiber to the node (FTTN) architecture, a new project in Omaha suggests that the company is also interested in providing fiber to the premises (FTTP). However, implementing the latter may be fraught with challenges.

This is because the Omaha FTTP trial will require the company’s existing HFC-based network to be upgraded. And the conversion could mean many customer and technological issues. For customers, it will mean replacing their existing equipment in their homes as well as raising their perceived value of the new equipment. Whether or not the company will upgrade more markets to the new architecture remains to be seen, but the need for fiber-based offerings is both obvious and necessary, say experts

Kaleidescape Viewers Using ATT Uverse Warned About Data Caps

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Those who enjoy viewing movies using the Kaleidescape service will be happy to know that the company’s download store opened earlier this week. The store now offers HD video downloads of Blu-ray quality. However, it’s not all sunshine and roses; while the video quality may be incredible, those with data caps from their ISP, such as ATT Uverse could quickly find themselves over their limits.

This is because a movie in this quality could mean a download size of over 50GB. At Uverse’s data cap of 250GB per month and ten dollars for every 50GB exceeded, not only would customers pay more, but also pay double for the original cost of the movie. How this will play out should companies like Kaleidescape start offering similar downloads remains to be seen, but the trend is traveling in that direction.