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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.

Actiontec's MyWirelessTV Hits Stores
Actiontec Electronics, a leading manufacturer of broadband-powered solutions, announced the retail release of MyWirelessTV. MyWirelessTV replaces HDMI cables with a wireless transmitter and receiver to enable users to watch TV anywhere in their homes, delivering 1080p video from up to 150 ft. away, with no latency, over a dedicated 5Ghz Wi-Fi network. This allows displays to be mounted over fireplaces without unsightly wires, or HD televisions to be moved hassle-free into the patio or garage while still accessing video content. Additional transmitter and receivers can be added to support multiple source or multiple display scenarios. MyWirelessTV was also named a CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award Honoree.

Actiontec Picks up Two CES Innovations Awards
Actiontec announced that it won two CES Innovations 2012 Honoree Awards for Excellence in Design and Engineering: one for MyWirelessTV, the wireless solution that replaces HDMI cables, and the SG400 Service Gateway, a gateway that powers the entire smart home. Selected by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers, and members of the media, the awards honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products. MyWirelessTV replaces HDMI cables with an 802.11 Wi-Fi signal between transmitter(s) and receiver(s), and features little to no latency, even at 150 ft. The SG400 Service Gateway is designed to be a lifeline to the connected home. Featuring all the latest connectivity standards (Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth), it ties together all devices and services in the home, from security alarms to wireless cameras to house lights. With its integrated 3G/4G radio and external battery backup, the SG400 Service Gateway makes sure that users stay connected to their smart homes, despite power outages or network failures.
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New Study Predicts Massive Wireless Demand in Near Future

Global Information Industry Center at the University of California at San Diego released a new study that predicts heavy weather for wireless customers as data demands and network congestion will affect their ability to connect online. The report notes that U.S. wireless networks have traditionally doubled their capacity every 30 months to keep up with demand; unfortunately, with demand expected increase by 1800% in the next four years, that rate of expansion will not keep up with the anticipated date volume. The study concludes that wireless customers may need to lower their expectations for wireless services in the future.

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The Future of News in a Tablet World

According to a new study from Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, among tablet owners' most popular activities on their devices is consuming news, right up there with writing and reading emails, and ahead of social networking, gaming, or reading books. Monetizing news consumption is another thing entirely. Of those tablet owners who consume news, only 14% have paid directly for news content on their tablet, while 23% have a subscription to a news source that includes digital content. How companies might be able to earn revenue from news remains murky, however, as 83% of tablet news consumers concede that the price of free or low-cost content was a major factor in their decision to download.

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Smartphones, Tablets Account for 7% of Domestic Traffic

According to comScore's latest report, "Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S. Digital Media Consumption Habits," smartphones and tablets drive nearly 7% of total U.S. digital traffic. The study goes on to analyze how cross-platform use continues to change the digital landscape, especially as consumers adopt a wide-ranging collection of devices to create and consume content. Other findings include:
  • Smartphones account for nearly two-thirds of domestic non-computer traffic, with tablets making up the remainder
  • Half the U.S. mobile population uses mobile media, an increase of 19% from last year
  • Nearly 50% of tablet owners made a purchase on their tablet, and used their device extensively throughout the entire shopping and purchasing experience, from initial planning through comparative product research and continuing with the final transaction
  • Interestingly, although the Android platform dominates the smartphone market (43.7 percent in August 2011), its total audience among mobile devices lags behind that of Apple's iOS audience.

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New IPTV Revenue Opportunities For Telco Industry

Ovum, a research firm, forecasts a hefty $20 billion in new revenues to be available to telecom operators in the IPTV segment from 2012 through 2015. This figure is larger than the opportunity available to enterprise Ethernet services ($18 billion), as well as the one afforded to digital music downloads and subscriptions. Ovum goes on to say that telcos will respond to over-the-top products and traditional competitors with innovation and consumer-tailored services.

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New From Heavy Reading: The Embrace of IP Video

Heavy Reading has released a new whitepaper: The Embrace of IP Video. In it, the research firm interviewed nearly 100 executives from video providers worldwide to find out whether cable and telecom operators are embracing IP video as a strategy to combat the growing threat of pay TV from OTT video providers and the rising popularity of cord-cutting. The whitepaper also covers how quickly operators expect to make the full transition to IP video, how they plan to manage their video systems, and what kinds of policy controls they will implement.

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Upcoming Events

2011-11-14 SCTE CABLE-TEC Expo in Atlanta, GA (Nov 15-17)

2011-11-15 CleanTechOpen 2011 Global Forum in San Jose, CA (Nov 15-16)

2011-11-30 Media Innovations Summit in Santa Clara, CA (Nov 30- Dec 2)

2011-12-07 6th Annual Digital Living Room Summit and Venture Forum in San Francisco, CA (Dec 7-8)

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)

2012-02-28 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)

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Suggestion Box

Have an idea for an article, want to contribute an article, or just have a suggestion for improving this newsletter? Feel free to contact Lesley Kirchman at ljkirchman@actiontec.com. See you next time.
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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