The fiber-deployment forecast is "strongly positive," with multiple signs pointing to continued growing demand for the high-speed broadband conduit, a new Heavy Reading report concludes.
"The trend for new FTTH homes passed has been 15% to 16% annual growth for the past couple of years," Dan Grossman, contributing analyst at Heavy Reading, told Broadband World News. "I would think deployment [growth] will go a few percentage points higher, possibly 17% to 20%."
In addition, Verizon and AT&T are starting to construct ubiquitous converged networks and acquiring metro fiber assets to serve mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) businesses, further driving fiber demand.
Cable operators also kick up the competition, especially in enterprise and consumer services. And while MSOs typically rely on hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) with fiber-deep upgrades, they're increasingly converging toward fiber-to-the-anything (FTTx), said Grossman. This empowers MSOs to further encroach upon telecoms' market share -- unless telecoms deploy ubiquitous fiber for faster speeds, 5G enablement and service capabilities, Grossman said.
Finally, operators are replacing copper -- especially in regions hard hit by disasters, including hurricanes and wild fires. While providers can, in some cases, patch copper infrastructure together to restore service more rapidly, in many instances repair is not an option and therefore operators deploy fresh fiber instead.
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
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.