Sky recently began exploratory conversations with several wholesale carriers to accelerate and enhance its transition to high-speed, full-fiber connectivity around the country, as the operator transitions from its legacy of satellite connectivity.
Currently, incumbent BT's network infrastructure division Openreach dominates the wholesale market. But consumer and operator complaints about lack of speed; slowness to adopt and deploy fiber; an ongoing reliance on coax and VDSL; a preference for Gfast over fiber in scenarios where fiber is clearly the superior option, and lack of competition -- at least until recently -- have encouraged new wholesalers, different approaches to the market and a dramatic uptick in fiber investment and deployment across the United Kingdom.
Both CityFibre and Gigaclear are committed to deploying fiber-optic cabling to millions of British households and SMBs. Wholesale "altnets," as they are called in Britain, seek commercial providers that sell broadband and related services to consumers, small and midsize businesses, enterprises and vertical markets such as government and healthcare.
Sky, Britain's second largest broadband provider, is interested in deals, wrote Sky UK Chief Executive Stephen van Rooyen in a letter to top executives at various altnets, The Telegraph reported, stating it had seen this missive.
"More can be done to help increase investment and bring ultrafast broadband to more homes, more quickly," van Rooyen said, according to the newspaper. "[Sky can] play a significant role in encouraging investment in new networks [by stimulating consumer demand]."
For example, Sky plans to migrate pay-TV subscribers to high-definition IP video, further driving residential customers' need for high-speed, highly reliable broadband, he noted.
Sky -- which Comcast acquired for $39 billion last September -- already partnered with Openreach, and will use the market-leader's existing high-speed infrastructure. Adding one or more alternative sources gives Sky leverage, of course, and potentially extends its reach to markets under- or unserved by Openreach. The service provider also sent letters to FibreNation (an infrastructure venture by TalkTalk) and wholesaler Hyperoptic, among others, The Telegraph reported. Other potential wholesale partners include Gigaclear, EUNetwork, Linkt, M247, Onecom, Fuel Broadband and POP Telecom.
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.