Light Reading reported that AT&T is close to beginning field trials of high-definition IPTV over the WiFi-based home wiring system of vendor Ruckus Wireless. Ruckus' technology has been used by many carriers around the world as an in-home broadband wiring solution, though it has yet to gain a strong foothold among large U.S. carriers.
The system could become a viable alternative to using older wiring or more expensive wiring options, and also could drive down home installation times with the easier configuration of a WiFi system. Light Reading last summer posted the positive result of its own tests of the Ruckus gear in use with AT&T's U-verse IPTV offering.
While WiFi has had some success as a home wiring option, some have questioned its ability to providing enough bandwidth support for full networked-home applications. The Ruckus Mediaplex 7000 system that AT&T may be about to test supported 50 Mbps when it was announced last year, which Ruckus has suggested is enough for the so-called "total home" approach, though LR reports that AT&T may be looking for speeds in the range of 80 Mbps.
- Light Reading has this story
Ruckus last year upped bandwidth to target multi-streamers