Arris, Quantenna Snag U-verse WiFi Deal

AT&T rolls out Arris video access points with embedded Quantenna chipset to all U-verse markets, replacing Cisco and Broadcom products.

Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video

September 11, 2013

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Arris, Quantenna Snag U-verse WiFi Deal

AT&T is rolling out new video access points in all of its U-verse markets for video customers who want to watch TV over a WiFi-connected set-top, using a combination of Arris hardware and a 4x4 802.11n chipset from Quantenna.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), which initially used a Cisco Systems Inc. access point and a Broadcom Corp. chipset, started testing the Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) VAP2500 access points in select markets in April. AT&T began ramping up full-scale deployments in early August.

When AT&T launched its wireless set-top service two years ago, the company started with the Cisco access point and the Broadcom chipset. However, there have always been limitations to the number of wireless set-tops that U-verse could support in a single home.

"The VAP2500 gives us better reach and performance," says an AT&T spokesperson. "And in the future, it will give us the capability to increase the number of wireless receivers per customer home."

The U-verse deployment is particularly good news for Quantenna Communications Inc. , which has raised a serious amount of cash -- more than $169 million as of 2012 -- in an effort to gain traction with its video-over-WiFi chipsets. At the Consumer Electronics Show last January, the company announced that it had completed integration with Mediaroom, the middleware platform that powers U-verse. (See Video-Over-Wi-Fi Start-Up Bags $79M More.)

Separately, Quantenna announced in June that its most advanced chipset has been incorporated into Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)'s Puma video gateway platform. The Quantenna QSR1000 is an 802.11ac Wave 2 product that can deliver multiple wireless streams simultaneously to different client devices. In total, the QSR1000 can support a throughput rate of 1.7 Gbit/s. (See Quantenna Quickens Intel Gateways.)

Overall, it's been a good summer for Quantenna. The prospect of targeting AT&T's 5 million plus U-verse TV customers should make it a fine fall as well.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading Cable

About the Author(s)

Mari Silbey

Senior Editor, Cable/Video

Mari Silbey is a senior editor covering broadband infrastructure, video delivery, smart cities and all things cable. Previously, she worked independently for nearly a decade, contributing to trade publications, authoring custom research reports and consulting for a variety of corporate and association clients. Among her storied (and sometimes dubious) achievements, Mari launched the corporate blog for Motorola's Home division way back in 2007, ran a content development program for Limelight Networks and did her best to entertain the video nerd masses as a long-time columnist for the media blog Zatz Not Funny. She is based in Washington, D.C.

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