I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Zha Jun, President of Fixed Network Product Line, Huawei, to talk about a topic which is central to the future of the entire communications market: video.
Jun is definitely the right guy to talk to about video, for a couple of related reasons. First, he's in charge of creating and implementing Huawei's video strategy. Second, Huawei's President and Founder, Ren Zhengfei, recently issued an edict to his employees explaining that video was the essential ingredient in maintaining Huawei's current stratospheric performance. I think Zhengfei is dead right to focus on video. A lot of so-called industry mavens like to speculate about what the "next killer application" will be. For me, we know what it is: video.
Huawei's Zha Jun: A sucker for Titanic
Jun shared some fantastic insights about video with me, and it was noticeable that he focused on the business case for video, more than the technology used to support it. Specifically, what Zha wanted to focus on is also what LR is fixated about right now: how the world's incumbent carriers can use video as a weapon in their fight to retain relevance in a world that could increasingly become dominated by OTT operators.
Zha Jun had a lot to say about video, and I've opted to edit out my few questions and interjections so you can enjoy his thoughts in a more stream of consciousness/lecture style, without me interrupting.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
The lack of an accurate broadband map means states and counties are tackling this issue themselves – and sometimes finding big disparities in the data – before spending their residents' money on deploying infrastructure.
Next year many operators must decide whether to invest more in HFC or go all-in to fiber, pick their PON and choose their managed-WiFi path, writes analyst Dan Grossman, who also recommends providers bundle managed WiFi and analytics to best serve residential subscribers -- and operators' own businesses.
Public-private partnerships, investor interest, self-help in rural areas and incumbents' return set the scene for a busy year of broadband deployment in the US countryside in 2020, writes Analyst Dan Grossman.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.