Starr's novelAmerica's role changes. DSL speeds would be much lower and tens of millions of current DSL customers wouldn't be served without the extraordinary work of Tom Starr and dozens more on "The DSL Committee." We'd have far more problems with interference if the T1E1.4 committee hadn't developed a set of rules 20 years ago. Tens of millions of homes that today get 3-6 megabits would probably have been capped at 1.5 megabits if they didn't create competition for the first ADSL modem. Literally hundreds of problems were prevented or resolved by the work they've done.

     America is no longer the center of the telecom world, so perhaps it was inevitable that the American standards committee would fade away.

Work continues in the Broadband Forum and of course the ITU. That means little will really change. Starr himself is President of the Broadband Forum and chair of an ITU study group. A few dozen engineers are the core of all three groups, many of whom have worked together for two decades.   

    A shoutout to long time members Massimo Sorbara, Frank Van der Putten, Charles Cook, Kevin Foster, Les Brown, Les Humphrey, Greg Sherrill, Arlynn Wilson, Vladimir Oksman, Richard Goodson, Ed Eckert, Ken Kerpez, Miguel Peters, and John Cioffi. Most of these guys - they are all guys - remain active, especially in the VDSL standard. (Anyone left out, please let me know for the next issue.)

     Below, Tom's note, a picture of Tom and Massimo, and a picture of the Amati team that won the DSL Olympics 20 years ago. Above, Tom's SF novel, Virtual Vengeance, which is available from Amazon for less than $12.  


Today, ATIS officially sunset the ATIS COAST-NAI committee after 30 years of service to the industry.   Of course, the DSL standards work continues in the ITU-T and Broadband Forum.


Tom and MassimoAfter thirty years of driving innovation and interoperability in the DSL industry, the ATIS COAST-NAI standards committee was shut down in December, 2014.  The committee’s name changed over the years from T1D1.3 to T1E1.4 and then COAST-NAI, with Larry Smith, Tom Starr, and Massimo Sorbara serving as its chairmen. It is best known for developing DSL standards ranging from ISDN, HDSL, ADSL, VDSL, and spectrum management for telephone cables, but its scope also included analog phone lines, T1-carrier, and DDS with a total of more than fifty technical standards and reports.  To better address the global nature of the telecommunications industry, the standards work has transitioned to the Broadband Forum and ITU-T.  DSL’s success in providing broadband access to more customers worldwide than any other wireline technology is largely due to the innovative and comprehensive technical specifications produced by the committee which provided vendors and service providers with the confidence to implement DSL technology.  The world’s foremost DSL experts gathered at COAST-NAI in a collaborative environment where the best ideas from all members were refined and incorporated into the widely adopted standards.  COAST-NAI was one of the best known and most productive committees in ATIS.


It has been an honor to serve as COAST-NAI Chair for most of the 30 years.

Amati team


April 18

“My three biggest customers are marching to 7 and 5 nanometers.” Lip-Bu Tan. Moore’s Law ain’t dead yet.

Eric Xu, current Huawei Chairman, said consumers would find no “material difference between 4G & 5G.” Dozens of top engineers agree the "5G Revolution" is hokum, including  DT CTO Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, FT/Orange SVP Arnaud Vamparys, and BT CEO Gavin Patterson.
     Politicians and marketers pushed b_______. What’s coming for 5-10 years is good for telco capacity but otherwise disappointing. Unfortunately. 
     On the other hand, mmWave & Massive MIMO are improving at a ferocious rate, advancing telco capacity enormously. Massive MIMO has made it practical to use 3.5 GHz frequencies, a second remarkable booster. The "5G Revolution" is dead; Long Live the real 5G and advanced wireless!
U.S. attacks on Huawei and ZTE look to be an historic disaster.

China’s logical response is to invest to become independent of the U.S. They already have $100B on the table for memory chips and are rumored to add another $100B. Huawei/HiSilicon already holds their own against Qualcomm and everyone else in the world. 
    Zeng Xuezhong of Spreadtrum, world #3 mobile chipmaker, confirms: China will “speed up the chip R&D investment that is self-controlled and self-researched. We must never forget to make it bigger and stronger.”
     U.S. warships patrolling China’s seas inspire security fears. So does Trump’s threat to a country on China’s border."Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, [for] fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”
     China would be stupid not to have domestic capacity just in case. The Chinese leadership is not stupid.
The year's best wireless conference is next week. Ted Rappaport, Sandeep Rangan and colleagues bring the world's best engineers to the Brooklyn 5G Conference Summit. This year, Paulraj, Onoe, Fettweis, Katabi, and their peers are coming. Do not miss the webcast, .

April 10

A special report: Who Are The Three Billion? The Color Of The Net Has Changed
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