ZyXEL senses synergies

Taiwan's ZyXEL Communications, which has been a major player in the global broadband access market for many years, will be coming to TelcoTV 2008 with a message of synergy. More to the point, the vendor will be talking to carriers about the synergy between its access solutions (such as VDSL2 and ADSL2+ backed by GPON and other PON flavors), in-home connectivity solutions (such as HPNA, 802.11n and powerline options) and IPTV applications in the home. The company said it sees more telcos wanting to move further into the home to be the customer's in-house technology expert.

At the moment, ZyXEL also is concerned about the lag in IPTV progress in the U.S. market, which is certain to be a topic on everyone's minds at TelcoTV 2008. Munira Brooks, senior vice president of sales and marketing and strategic account development at ZyXEL, said, "The U.S. market is slowly embracing telco TV. We don't know whether this will pick up in 2009 or not." Brooks said macro-economic pressure has been a key reason for the market caution. "At the moment, everybody just wants equipment prices to come down, but we have done a lot of that already."

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