Like rival Virgin Media, BT will require new subscribers to return routers and set-top boxes at the end of their contracts -- or pay up to £50 ($65).
It's a move the UK incumbent describes as environmentally friendly since it reduces waste, the BBC reported today. This change will prevent an estimated 1 million set-top devices being thrown into landfills, BT estimated.
It also dramatically curtails costs for BT, which can now immediately re-use the equipment or send it out for use after it's been refurbished with updated software.
BT amended its contracts in December to state the operator now retains ownership of WiFi routers and set-top boxes. Eventually, BT will apply the same policy to its EE and Plusnet subsidiaries, it told the BBC. Subscription prices remain the same, BT said. However, the operator will not charge subscribers up-front for the hardware, it added.
If customers want to keep their routers, the operator will charge between £43 and £50 ($56 to $65), depending on the model. Retaining a BT YouView set-top box will cost between £60 and £115 ($78 to $150), depending on the equipment.
Since BT hardware cannot be used on other providers' networks, ex-subscribers typically do not want the devices and either try to sell them or simply toss them.
This year alone, the world's population had discarded almost 4 million tons of electronic waste as of 2:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Jan. 29, according to The World Counts, which calculates in real-time the amount of wasted e-trash generated globally.
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.
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.