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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

More Wireless Connectivity Needed for the Connected Home: ARRIS Insights

Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment at ARRIS provides the following answer to this industry question: "What do you think is the most challenging issue for your company as it relates to the connected home?"

Wi-Fi and more Wi-Fi and all wireless connectivity in the home.

Consumers like the freedom of no wires connectivity and no limitations where they place screens and TVs. They also assume that each of their home devices should be capable of consuming the paid for Internet speed – not just a fraction of it. With 10-30 Mbps broadband service speeds this wasn't a real issue for Wi-Fi retransmission. However, with consumers buying 100 Mbps access speeds and moving to even gigabits per second in the future, consumers will want their new multi radio devices to be able to connect to use this access speed.

Additionally, as we start to see 4K video being transmitted to the home from Over-the-Top (OTT) and MSO providers, video will have to traverse Wi-Fi  networks reliably and be as robust as cabled connections.

And to give a shout out for the lower bandwidth home monitoring and automation devices that are also growing, we need to make sure we connect over robust wireless networks and lots of them.

We have some ideas that you will hear about at the Park's Connections conference to address this issue, stay ahead of the bandwidth in the home problem, and address the increasing number of connected wireless devices problem.

Charles Cheevers is one the keynote speakers at the 2014 CONNECTIONS Conference. His address, "Gateways and Set-Top Box Evolution: Powering the Future of Home Infotainment," will take place on Wednesday, May 14 at 9:45 am.

For more information on this year's CONNECTIONS Conference, click here.

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