"This report shows that the altnets are making great progress in both urban and rural areas," said INCA CEO Malcolm Corbett in a statement. "They are delivering the future-proofed digital infrastructure the country needs for long-term prosperity. The investment and competitive dynamic these companies have introduced mean that we will get ultrafast full fiber networks and high-speed wireless broadband much faster than simply relying on the incumbents."
These alternative broadband providers connected almost 1 million properties by the end of last year and are on track to pass almost 14.25 million UK premises with fixed broadband infrastructures by year-end 2025, according to the report, "Metrics for the UK Altnet Sector," released on Thursday. They're primarily using FTTH/B or FTTP.
BT has been under pressure to accelerate its deployment of fiber-based broadband and in February said it would expand its program to reach 3 million homes by year-end 2020; the previous goal was 2 million in that timeframe. Openreach is expected to attain the 10-million mark by mid-2020, CEO Clive Selley has said. (See BT & Openreach: Splitsville Ahead?)
Fiber is definitely king, but fixed wireless is also gaining traction among large and smaller providers, the research found. While almost 2 million premises will be able to order high-speed broadband by the end of next year, about 554,700 subscribers will leverage that option, Point Topic found.
In 2017, about 100,500 subscribers used altnets' fixed wireless access infrastructure in the UK, according to the study. Fixed wireless, while more difficult to assess than fiber, may have passed or addressed up to 2 million premises last year, Point Topic said.
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.