Week in Research: Russia's fixed-line, wireless broadband operators race for subscribers

Russia's broadband boom: Russia's Internet market is dominated by broadband, but its patchy infrastructure has led operators to deploy a variety of technology platforms around the country, a Research and Markets overview reports. Cable, xDSL, and FTTH/FTTB technologies are in use, but wireless solutions are a strategy that alternative operators are deploying in regional cities in a play to build subscriber numbers before fixed-line broadband rolls in. News release.

SMBs in the cloud: SMB (small to medium business) channel partners will play a key role in expanding cloud-based services over the next few years, according to a report from AMI Partners. But "high-growth industries inevitably face consolidation," AMI says in a release. As more services become automated, up to 250,000 IT workers from the current 1.3 million-strong SMB channel partner workforce will be handed pink slips. Details.

Broadband CPE sales dip: Broadband CPE (customer premise equipment) sales dropped 13 percent in the first quarter compared to 4Q 2009, Infonetics Research reports. The worldwide market totaled $967.3 million. Technicolor (Thompson) clung to the top spot, with Huawei and Motorola close behind. The market is also trending toward FTTH (fiber to the home), rather than Fiber to the Business (FTTB) or FTTN/VDSL2, meaning VDSL CPE sales will soften and could drop precipitously by 2014. News release.

T1 dominance: Another Infonetics Research report finds that cost-conscious U.S. companies are sticking with their legacy T1 lines--they're the most commonly used trunking service. Those looking to upgrade are considering SIP trunking--but SIP will stay in second place behind T1 through 2012. News release.

Infonetics SIP trunking 2012

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