Less than 48 hours before Valentine's Day and a fortnight after Openreach pledged to deploy fiber to 3 million homes by 2020, frustrated British government officials want to dissolve the relationship between BT and Openreach.
Ostensibly, the two companies are separate -- yet BT has not implemented a legal structure that allows Openreach to operate independently. And BT is the only shareholder, overseeing the purse strings and ignoring Openreach management's pleas to upgrade 10 million lines to fiber, reported The Telegraph.
Openreach Could Stand Alone in Its High-Speed Strategy
Openreach new development planner plots the best route. (Source: Openreach)
As smaller players ramp up their fiber deployments, Openreach moved slowly to increase its fiber-to-the-premise strategy by 50%. At this rate, Openreach will reach the 10-million FTTP mark by mid-2020, said CEO Clive Selley.
By the end of last year, Openreach reported its fiber broadband passed 27.4 million premises: Of those, 886,000 connected to speeds of 100Mbit/s or greater via FTTP or Gfast. Within its third quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2017), Openreach made 600,000 fiber broadband net connections, according to its earnings report. At the end of calendar 2017, Openreach had about 9.2 million fiber subscribers versus 7.2 million 12 months prior, it said.
To be more aggressive, BT wants tax cuts and a more favorable regulatory environment, the Telegraph reported. The government is querying customers -- which include BT's consumer group, as well as telcos such as Vodafone, TalkTalk and Sky -- for feedback on a truly separate Openreach, a government source told the newspaper.
"Lots of investors are now seeing the potential of full fiber. BT and Openreach have more to gain than most but are not investing properly. We need to look at why," the source told the Telegraph.
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.
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Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
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