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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.

Department of Energy Reports on Smart Grid Technologies
The Department of Energy released two reports recently, both aimed at the smart grid industry. The first, "Data Access and Privacy Issues Related Smart Grid Technologies," details how legal and regulatory offices are working to protect consumer privacy and choice without dampening innovation in the space. The report also found that consumer education will be one of the primary drivers in the adoption of smart grid technologies such as advanced metering.
The second report, "Communications Requirements of Smart Grid Technologies," looks at evolution of utility and electrical grid communications as smart grid technologies become more widespread.
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Americans and their Gadgets - from Pew Research
Pew Research released a new report, "Americans and Their Gadgets." The study takes a look at the new habits developed by the American public with regards to the plethora of new techy trinkets available to them, including game consoles, smartphones, tablets, and e-book readers. Among its findings:

  • 85% of Americans now own a cell phone
  • Almost half of Americans own an MP3 player
  • Affluent and educated users are considered an early adopter group

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Video Calling and Video Chat - from Pew Research
In "Video Calling and Video Chat," Pew Research examines how Americans are using these new technologies. They found that nearly 20% of Americans have tried video calling, either through teleconferencing or video call on a cell phone. Other findings include:

  • Video calling appeals to upscale users, with more than a third of those in this category having placed a video call.
  • Men are more likely than women to make video calls.
  • On typical day, 4% of Internet users participate in video calls, chats, or teleconferences.

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Web-Enabled TVs Leading Home Viewing Revolution - from eMarketer
Half of Americans either have or desire an internet-connected television, according to e-Marketers latest article. Because of this, forecasters project substantial growth in this segment over the next three to four years. For example, iSuppli predicts the following:

DisplaySearch, meawhile, forecasts even higher sales:

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Worldwide 3G/4G Portable Entertainment Device Tracker - from In-Stat

In-Stat's latest "market alert," the research findings firm forecasts that the total sales of entertainment devices with embedded 3G/4G radios will eclipse 100 million in the upcoming year. In this same vein:
  • Total 3G/4G shipments over all segments will increase by 87% from 2009 to 2014
  • Of all personal entertainment device markets, e-readers will be the only segment to incorporate 4G technology over the next 5 years

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The In-Home CE Ecosystem of U.S. Broadband Households: 2010 - from The Diffusion Group

In its latest study, The Diffusion Group finds that for many people, the home network main task is becoming a distributor of web-based digital media, rather than accomplishing more data-centric duties on computers and other peripherals. "While many will not understand the impact of this shift, others will see it as a tipping point of sorts, a time at which possibilities of net-connected in-home media began in earnest to move from dream to reality," notes Michael Greeson, Founding Partner at TDG and author of the new report.

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The Broadband Market Gets a Boost from FTTH and VDSL Growth - from iSuppli

In this report from iSuppli, the telco broadband market is examined, especially with regard to the shift from narrowband technologies like ADSL to their wideband brethren (FTTH and VDSL).

Some of their findings include

  • Wideband subs will grow 30.9% to 281 million in 2014
  • ADSL subs will grow 8.4% ti 458 million in 2014

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About Actiontec Electronics, Inc

Building off of a history of shipping 20 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

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