Quantenna Announces Industry’s First 802.11ax Chip
Wi-Fi chipmaker Quantenna Communications announced the industry’s first 802.11ax chip called QSR10G-AX. The technology is based on Quantenna’s QSR10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi platform and adds support for the draft 1.0 of the IEEE specification 802.11ax standard. Quantenna also said it’ll launch an initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock on October 17, 2016 – 6.7 million shares at an initial price range of $14.00 to $16.00 per share. It wants to raise $100 million. Institutional investors have put more that $230 million into Quantenna and own 71.95% of the stock pre-IPO. Quantenna competes against the likes of Broadcom, Celeno, Infineon, Marvell, NXP, Qualcomm, Realtek and MediaTek.
Three Major G.fast Chipmakers Launch New Products
In a signal of G.fast’s increasing maturity and acceptance by telcos, three of the four major makers of G.fast chips have used the Broadband World Forum to announce new G.fast chips: Broadcom, Nokia and Sckipio. Huawei, the fourth, has yet to be heard from but certainly will.
CenturyLink Offers 1 Gbps to 14,000 Businesses in MTUs in 600+ Cities
Incumbent US telco CenturyLink says it can now offer symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gbps to more than businesses in 14,000 multi-tenant units (MTUs) in more than 600 cities. CenturyLink offers other business services. Can similar rollout to residences be far behind? CenturyLink recently announced the US’ largest deployment of G.fast – to 44 MDUs with 800 residences by using gear from Calix. It has set a goal of providing 40 Mbps to residences in half its footprint by the end of 2018.Pushing CenturyLink may be, in addition to cablecos, AT&T, which last week announced it will take on CenturyLink and cablecos in selected MDUs in Minneapolis, part of CenturyLink’s traditional footprint. AT&T said it will offer the service in MDUs in other cities.
2017 Will See 4K Become Mass Market for Broadcasters
The broadcast industry is now at a point where 4K is no longer a future prospect and 2017 will see 4K become the main format for the mass market, according to Joe Nakata, senior producer of Sony Japan, speaking at MIPCOM. Nakata said, “Having a beautiful display is no good if there’s no content to display,” he said, adding that in addition to a number of satellite-delivered channels [DirecTV and Sky], OTT players such as Netflix and Amazon Prime were now producing programming in 4K and increasingly HDR.
Michel Chabrol, SVP of new TV formats at Eutelsat said broadcasters would next year report 4K being available as a separate packages in mass market pay TV options. Rian Bester, CEO of INsight TV, “We are truly creating compelling content in Ultra HD” and said it is increasing its HDR production.
Increasing the demand for bandwidth will be 4K as we have been predicting for almost three years. The broadcast industry’s adoption of 4K as a mass market format will further increase the demand for 4K, which takes twice as much bandwidth as 1080p HD, will be the broadcast industry’s adoption of it – albeit two years after OTT services did. Millions of low-cost (under $1,000) 4K TVs will be in homes by year-end 2016 and OTT services are already offering hundreds of hours of 4K content, much of it in HDR, which has put broadcasters scrambling to offer 4K.