GenuineVC David Beisel's Perspective on Digital Change

May 19, 2005

In a recent Business 2.0 interview with Om Malik, Cisco Systems’ Chief Technology Officer Charlie Giancarlo is quoted as saying,

“I think 100 megabits per second into the home is a given [in the near future] if we want more HDTV channels on our IP connections. Inside the home, 1 gigabit per second is going to be necessary as we move those big video and audio files around. In a decade or so, I expect that gigabit wireless would be cheap enough as well.”

The only question that I would ask is: with each member of a four person household all simultaneously using utilizing HD IPTV, VoIP, file sharing to multiple devices, automated storage backup, and many other imminent bandwidth intensive apps – perhaps we need 1 Gb/s into the home sooner than in a decade?

There’s no question, though. It’s coming.

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