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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.

Home Networking over Coax
With the rise of applications like IPTV and multi-room DVR, the home network has become critical to the quality of the broadband and television experience. Triple play service providers need to take an active role in the installation and management of the home network in order to keep customers happy with their television service. As a result, there has been considerable focus on wired connections in home, particularly over existing wiring media (power lines, phone lines, and coax cables) that do not require a time-consuming and expensive rewiring project.

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Americans & Text Messaging by Pew Research

How do you like to communicate? Pew Research recently asked a representative sample of American adults cell phone owners who send and receive text messages how they preferred to be contacted on their cell phone. The result, according to Pew's latest report, "Americans and Text Messaging," was that 31% said they preferred text to talking on the phone, while 53% said they preferred voice calls. Another 14% said their preferred contact method depended on the situation. Not surprisingly, heavy text users are much more likely to prefer texting to talking. The report went on to find that young adults are the most avid textures by wide margin, while both texting and calling for the adult population who use cell phones has remained the same since 2010.

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Fastest ISPs Nationwide from PC Magazine

In its latest ranking speed ranking of broadband ISPs, PC Magazine found that Charter, Cox Communications, and Comcast were the fastest domestic ISPs. This is the first year that PC Magazine has used the speed measuring site Ookia to perform broadband speed tests for them, as they have been criticized in previous years for the incorrect information they included in their list of fastest ISPs. Verizon, which had dominated the magazine's rankings in the past, fell slightly because Ookia averages both FiOS and slower DSL customers into a single score. Also, the magazine breaks down ISP speed by region, the fastest business ISPs, as well as fastest ISPs by state, city, and globally.

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About 350,000 Add Broadband in the Second Quarter of 2011

The Leichtman Research Group released the results of a new survey recently, and they found that the 18 largest cable and telephone providers in the United States (who represent about 93% of the market) netted 350,000 additional high speed Internet subscribers in the second quarter of 2011. This number represented the smallest gain in broadband additions in the 10 years Leichtman has been tracking the industry. Other survey findings include:
  • The top cable companies accounted for 77% of the broadband additions for the quarter, versus the top telephone companies.
  • AT&T and Verizon added 628,000 fiber subscribers during the quarter, while losing 578,000 DSL subscribers.
  • The top cable companies added over 270,000 broadband subscribers during the quarter.

Leichtman noted that the second quarter is traditionally the slowest quarter of the year for industry growth, and that the top broadband providers have added 3.3 million subscribers over the past year.

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Global Connected Consumer Electronics Devices Market from Strategy Analytics

Internet connectivity. That's what people want. This according to Strategy Analytics. In their latest study, "Global Connected Consumer Electronics Devices Market Forecast,"the research firm expects that fully 70% of the revenue generated by the consumer electronics industry in 2011 will come from Internet connected devices. One of the biggest growth opportunities over the next five years in this segment will be connected TVs, with vendors such as Samsung, LG, and Sony likely continuing to push their respective smart TV initiatives. Strategy Analytics goes on to predict that more than two thirds of TV units sold in 2015 will be connected TVs. The full report contains forecasts of unit sales and market values and installed bases of 17 fixed and portable digital home media device segments, including flat-panel TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, digital media adapters, gaming consoles, and tablets.

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Infonetics Surveys Mobile Operators about LTE

Infonetics Research conducted another survey recently, and released the subsequent results in a study titled "LTE Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey." In the survey, Infonetics interviewed 19 mobile operators about their LTE network buildout plans, deployment migration scenarios, challenges, and commercial drivers. Among the survey's highlights:
  • 11% of respondents are deploying LTE as a greenfield network, suggesting that they are using it for purposes other than true mobile broadband upgrades.
  • 47% of respondents say they do not plan to offer voice services in the next three years after launching.
  • Half of the survey respondents believe it is very important to start construction of their LTE network with macrocells first, followed by a mix of small cells.

As Infonetics notes, the firm anticipated back in 2008 that HSPA+ would be the default bridge to LTE, and they forecast that LTE will perform the same function for the transition to 4G (LTE-Adavanced).

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The Reality and Ramifications of Tablets from InStat

In-Stat has released its latest study, "The Reality and Ramifications of Tablets." In it, the firm forecasts significant tablet growth opportunities as a result of recent price cuts, as well as new companies entering the market, such as Samsung, Motorola, BlackBerry, LG, and HTC. By 2017, In-Stat sees the tablet market shipping nearly 250 million units. Among the study's other interesting findings:
  • In the consumer segment, tablets are competing against all computing devices, not just PCs
  • The 9- to 11-inch form factor is shaking out to be the most dominant tablet form
  • The iOS and Android operating systems will hold a 90% market share, with Windows languishing in third
  • Wireless operator business models may hold the key to future tablet demand

In the end, In-Stat sees the tablet market as a continually evolving, still nascent segment, with continued differentiation and wider market targeting among the strategies employed by tablet manufacturers.

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About Actiontec Electronics, Inc

Building off of a history of shipping 23 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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