FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Today, almost every business runs on a network powered by some sort of network architecture. The connectivity needs of the enterprise, broadcasting and commercial sectors are so varied and unique that it has created a thriving environment for the modem manufacturing industry.
The Web sites of top modem companies now look like shopping malls. Some companies have up to 20 different models of modems and accessories, all of which are interchangeable and customizable. It seems there is plenty of business to go around, and manufacturers have carved their own niche markets with maritime, government, military and corporate customer bases across an international spectrum.
But the vast market does have its share of challenges. With the global economy in recovery mode, end users primarily are focused on network efficiency over speed and power, which has shifted the industry’s own focus in their product development phase. Industry standards also have changed. There is some confusion over the concept of an adaptive coding and modulation (ACM) standard, which was given to the industry by DVB under vague terms left to be defined by manufacturers. This modem technology e-letter will address those issues with executives and engineers responsible for today’s most widely used products.
— Jeffrey Hill, News Editor.
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