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Google Sibling Abandons Ambitious City of the Future in Toronto

By Ian Austen and Daisuke Wakabayashi

In scrapping the project, the company cited the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but critics say it was a loser from the start and a failure in “surveillance capitalism.”

CableLabs releases DOCSIS 4.0 Specification

By Julian Clover

CableLabs has released the specification for DOCSIS 4.0, which includes both full duplex and extended spectrum capabilities.

The DOCSIS 4.0 technology is capable of achieving a downstream speed of up to 10 Gbps and doubles the maximum download speed available with DOCSIS 3.1 technology. The upstream speed of up to 6 Gbps represents a quadrupling of DOCSIS 3.1.

“As cable operators respond to the evolving connectivity needs of customers in our current public health crisis, remote work, learning, and health services stand to benefit from upstream broadband enhancements as DOCSIS 4.0 technology is deployed,” explained Doug Jones, Principal Architect, DOCSIS 4.0 in a blog post.

The DOCSIS 4.0 specification, part of CableLabs’ so-called 10G Platform began development in August 2016 with the extended spectrum capability completed last September.

In addition to speed Lower latency that was incorporated into the DOCSIS 3.1 specification has been brought forward into the DOCSIS 4.0 specification. Lower latency will provide for a better experience for consumers on applications such as online gaming and multimedia.

CableLabs look to better Wi-Fi experience with Dual Channel Wi-Fi

By Julian Clover

At least 15% of customer service calls are Wi-Fi related, says CableLabs’ Luther Smith.

Cable’s technology body believes that amid a rush to improve speed, coverage and support for devices in the Wi-Fi ecosystem the need to have the necessary airtime to send data to all end devices in a timely manner is being ignored.

CableLabs has been working to bridge the gap with Dual Channel Wi-Fi technology.

In a blogpost, Smith explains Dual Channel Wi-Fi delivers an efficient and more reliable wireless connection. “Wi-Fi has become ubiquitous over the years and is the primary method by which we connect devices in the home, at work and in public places to reach the Internet,” he writes. “Multiple Wi-Fi devices in a typical broadband home can cause contention for available frequencies. Dual Channel Wi-Fi addresses Wi-Fi congestion issues by providing one or more channels for downstream-only data in addition to the primary bi-directional channel.”

By virtually eliminating hesitation and pixilation of video delivery, Dual Channel Wi-Fi enables smooth gameplay without delays and faster overall delivery of data to both Dual Channel Wi-Fi and non-Dual Channel Wi-Fi devices.

In tests run by CableLabs, data transfer speeds increased up to 12 times while airtime efficiency (by reducing the need for retransmissions) increased by 50 percent.

SmartLabs updates Baltcom platform

By Chris Dziadul

SmartLabs has successfully updated the IPTV platform operated by Latvia’s Baltcom.

Its SmartTUBE5 Server and SmartMEDIA Content Delivery System was integrated with Baltcom’s existing IPTV infrastructure, with deployed set-top boxes provided with an updated user interface.

SmartTUBE5 UI and applications were also provided for the new fully branded SML-5010 STB, iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets as well as a PC portal. Every UI and application offers content search, three language support and viewing handover from application to STB.

Commenting on the development, Baltcom COO Dmitrijs Nikitins: “We are happy to introduce third generation Interactive TV based on Smartlabs solution. Baltcom now has a modern, flexible, attractive and very efficient platform which directly supports our strategic targets.”

SmartLabs CEO Mikhail Grachev added: “The new solution from SmartLabs has made Baltcom TV-service modern and convenient – introducing multiscreen, catch-up tv and the new beautiful interfaces and STBs! And all these new services are accessible on Baltcom’s already deployed STBs. Needless to say, it is important for the operator to get a new modern solution while preserving the investments already made and SmartLabs have a proven track record of making this happen.”