iiNet, Australia's third-largest internet service provider in terms of subscriber numbers, has been told by NBNCo that it should consider only Broadcom chipsets for its future VDSL modems. Simon Watt, head of iiNet's labs, told The Register the advice was not prescriptive, but given the lead time required to develop customer …
And openwrt supports it
But no WiFi. Which is a shame. ISP's around the world are handing out modems with an open WiFi ESSID other subscribers can use when they are out and about. I haven't seen any real sign of that happening in Australia. I wonder if it is because the dominant carriers are also mobile phone carriers.
I worked on a VDSL product at DSC (later to be Alcatel USA) in 1997 and 1998. It didn't sell.
Re: THIS again?
A lot of other people have worked on it since then. And they are selling a lot of boxes now.
I wonder what (if any) relationship Broadcom has with the Alphabet soup?
Now, I'll be provocative.
Being commonly available, perhaps,Broadcom chips in VDSL routers are easier for the NSA to wiretap.
(And a non-standard device would require another cracking team/effort. Of course, financial administrators will always discourage additional expenditure, especially if avoidable.)