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Welcome to CrossTalk, a Telco-Broadband publication designed to provide you with timely, valuable information in a clear and simple format. Crosstalk strives to provide a centralized guide to the latest market research and technology advancements that allow our industry to stay competitive, reduce customer churn, and increase profitability. We will also provide updates on the latest developments here at Actiontec. We hope you enjoy this issue, and continue to look for our updates in the future. We also look forward to any feedback you may have on how we can make this newsletter more valuable to you.
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Actiontec and Other Vendors Test CE Network Routers for IPv6
As reported by UNH-IOL (University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory), Actiontec along with other vendors are readying their home customer edge (CE) network routers for IPv6. During a recent IPv6 CE Router Interoperability Test Event, a number of service providers and CE router vendors tested the IPv6 readiness of their products in a series of home and small office environments. This test event verified the support of various transitional elements, including 6rd, which is used to maintain connectivity for subscribers when networks are not dual stack.
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Actiontec offsets over 6 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions in 2011 through PG&E's ClimateSmart program
Actiontec Electronics announced that it has balanced out more than 39,000 pounds of carbon dioxide in 2011 through its participation in PG&E's ClimateSmart™ program. That represents more than 6% of all carbon dioxide produced at the company's Sunnyvale headquarters this year.

Actiontec's participation in ClimateSmart is part of the company's overall commitment to minimize its environmental impact. Through its formal Sustainability Program, the company has launched a series of green initiatives, including: a 20% reduction in water consumption, stringent recycling and reuse goals (such as 90% scrap product recycling), and a 5% reduction in energy consumption company-wide.
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Over-The-Top Content Gaining Popularity

Bain & Company, a global consulting firm, has released new research which forecasts that OTT (Over-The-Top) content could reach 60% penetration by as early as 2014. According to the study, which was based on a survey of 3000 consumers in France, the UK, the US, China, and India, a majority of consumers today have expressed interest in viewing Internet video content over traditional TV channels. Additionally, a third of the respondents in the US and UK said they planned to use friends and acquaintances as a source for viewing new programs, suggesting that "social TV" may become increasingly relevant.

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Mobile Adoption and Mobile Content Form Virtuous Circle

As more and more consumers purchase and then use their mobile devices (particularly tablets, smartphones, and e-readers), the amount of content available for the devices surges, which in turn convinces more consumers to purchase additional devices. Thus, the virtuous circle of mobile tech and online content (which includes video, social media, games, and periodicals) continues. eMarketer, according to their research, sees tablet, e-reader, and smartphone use continuing to rise for the forseeable future, and predicts that the most successful companies in this space will be those that offer the "whole widget": hardware, software, content, and social integration. Similarly, the successful marketer will know how to deliver the best possible experience over the entire breadth of each platform.

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Just a reminder: the following section highlights only some of the reports currently available. To get a full listing, click here.
Gaming Consoles Draw TV Viewers

Gaming consoles, already a favored entertainment hub in many households, has become the most popular device for consumers to watch online content on their TV screens. The personal computer remains unrivaled as far as online viewing overall goes, but transferring the online viewing experience to the big screen is becoming a point of contention. According to Strategy Analytics latest report, "Multiscreen Connected TV: Assessing Device Usage and Ownership," 12% of US households use gaming consoles to watch online content, more than those who connect an HDMI cable between their computer and high-definition television screen. With the upcoming Xbox TV launch during this year's holiday season, that number can only grow.

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The Diffusion Group Explores the Future of Broadband

TDG (The Diffusion Group) has released a new study: "Broadband and Home Networks-The Evolution." This report picks up where TDG's 2008 release, "The Future of Home Networks," left off, taking note of the ongoing explosion of broadband adoption and the related increase in network diffusion in the home. The subject of the current study is the evolution of fixed-broadband Internet access and its home network extensions. Its main thrust is forecasting the growth of in-home networking capable of supporting high-value services, applications, and business models beyond simple Internet connectivity.

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Mobile Broadband Lifts Telecom Revenues

In its newly released report, "Service Provider Capex, Opex, ARPU, and Subscribers," Infonetics Research analyzes telecom carrier capital expenditures (capex), operational expenses (opex), revenue per user, and subscriber trends by operator, operator type, region, and telecom equipment segment. Among the report's highlights:
  • Telecom carrier revenue is forecast to grow to $2.17 trillion by 2017, driven by mobile broadband
  • The global telecom carrier capex will total $310.8 billion in 2011, an increase of 5.8% from 2010
  • The fastest-growing investment areas among telecom carriers in 2011 are WiMAX equipment and video infrastructure.
  • Asia Pacific will continue to be the largest telecom carrier capex region through 2015

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New Study finds IPTV and Satellite Gaining Vs. Cable

Infonetics Research released a new study recently: "Pay TV Services and Subscribers." In it, the firm analyzes the telco Internet protocol television (IPTV), cable video, and satellite video services markets. Among its highlights:
  • the global pay TV market totaled $125 billion in the first half of 2011, and is forecast to grow to $353 billion by 2015
  • the majority of growth in the pay TV market will come from satellite video and telco IPTV services
  • North America remains the highest-value pay TV market, with the highest average revenue per user (ARPU), followed by Asia Pacific
  • In the first half of 2011, the top 20 pay TV revenue leaders accounted for 52% of revenue, while the top 20 subscriber leaders made up only 29% of total subscribers

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Upcoming Events

2012-01-10 CES 2012 in Las Vegas (Jan 10-13)

2012-01-10 Connections Summit in Las Vegas, NV (Jan 10)

2012-02-01 IT Expo East 2012 in Miami, FL (Feb 1-3)

2012-02-01 4GWE Conference in Miami, FL (Feb 1-3)

2012-02-01 M2M Evolution Conference in Miami, FL (Feb 1-3)

2012-02-01 Super WiFi Summit East 2012 in Miami, FL (Feb 1-3)

2012-02-01 Cloud Communications Expo in Miami, FL (Feb 1-3)

2012-02-12 NTCA 2012 Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego, CA (Feb 12-15)

2012-02-13 Carrier Cloud Forum in Santa Clara, CA (Feb 13)

2012-02-28 Smart Energy Summit in Austin, TX (Feb 28 - Mar 1)

2012-03-13 OTTCON West (Over-the-Top TV & Video Conference) in San Jose, CA (Mar 13-14)

2012-03-19 BMMA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV (Mar 19-20)

2012-03-20 Cable Next-Gen Broadband Strategies: Wideband, Wireless, PON & Beyond in Denver, CO (Mar 20)

2012-04-14 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV (Apr 14-19)

2012-04-24 Broadband Communities Summit 12 in Dallas, TX (Apr 24-26)

2012-05-08 CTIA Wireless 2012 in New Orleans (May 8-10)

2012-05-21 The Cable Show in Boston, MA (May 21-23)

2012-06-04 The 2012 Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto, Canada (June 4-6)

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About Actiontec Electronics, Inc

Building off of a history of shipping 24 million Internet access devices, Actiontec Electronics, Inc., leads the market in developing innovative broadband connectivity and broadband-powered solutions that simplify and enrich the digital life. Actiontec offerings range from the market's broadest selection of IPTV-capable broadband home gateways for bringing IP-based video services into the home, to DSL modems, wireless networking devices, routers and digital entertainment devices. The company's carrier-class products are easy to install, manage, and use, and are sold through retail channels and broadband service providers. Founded in 1993, Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, call 408-752-7700 or visit http://www.actiontec.com

Actiontec Electronics Inc. - 760 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 -
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