Perhaps the defining trait of broadband deployment is how operators have turned to a mix of technologies to bring fast broadband to all.
The market has made huge progress since operators first began announcing plans to deploy full fiber networks nationwide. In metro areas, technological innovation allows us to push fiber close to the premises and link to existing copper lines for the final connection into homes. In regional and rural areas, fixed wireless networks deliver broadband speeds that support triple-play services.
Where fixed wireless access is concerned, operators worldwide look for ways to capitalize on 5G for last-mile connectivity. In fact, 5G is set to deliver super high capacity and high bandwidth with very low latency, making it an ideal, eventual use for the eventual replacement of fixed-line broadband. Despite the hype, the road to 5G is long and complex and the actual time to roll out services will be measured in years. By building 4G fixed wireless networks today, operators can gain a real-world understanding of the pitfalls and business methodology, and augment with 5G when available.
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Similarly, first movers on fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) are best placed to launch Gfast services that meet both rollout objectives and real-world demands.
In Australia, the government's original plan was to deliver fiber to every home and business nationwide, aside from the 7% of premises in rural and regional areas. It soon became clear that this was unfeasible, and fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) was introduced as an alternative. Technology has since evolved and nbn announced its plan to connect 700,000 premises to the National Broadband Network using FTTdp technology named nbn Fiber-to-the-Curb (FTTC). This number has now risen to over 1 million, largely because of its capacity to deliver fast and reliable broadband, and leverage existing infrastructure for next generation networks. (See Why NBN Has a Multi-Technology Mix and NBN Must Speed Up to Hit 2020 Targets, Says Senior Exec.)
After a Gfast demo achieved 1.66 Gbps aggregate broadband speeds with a Gfast distribution point unit (DPU) reverse powered over 40 meters of copper lead-in cable and spectrum frequency of up to 212MHz, BT Openreach now plans to launch new Gfast services next year. The operator aims to make ultra-fast broadband available to 12 million homes and businesses across the UK by the end of 2020 using a mix of technologies, similar to nbns multi-technology mix. (See UK ISP Trials BT Openreach's Gfast.)
Operators can make better 5G fixed wireless and Gfast deployment decisions by laying the groundwork today with intelligent fixed wireless access devices and DPUs that complement their existing mix of technologies and allow operators to extend their controlled network presence.
The industry will achieve future generation objectives using technologies that are custom-fit to meet specific network and geographic requirements. Operators that take a specially engineered approach will drive commercial rollouts of next-generation technologies over the coming years.
Operators looking to enable large-scale migration to new generations of technology will not find an off-the-shelf answer. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, providers need a custom-fit approach that integrates network grade diagnostics, performance monitoring and remote management functions to ensure reliable, high performance, managed connectivity.
NetComm Wireless CTO Steve Collins and Tony Brown from nbn will present a keynote, "Next Generation Broadband for All," at Broadband World Forum on Oct. 26 at 11.30 a.m.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
The lack of an accurate broadband map means states and counties are tackling this issue themselves and sometimes finding big disparities in the data before spending their residents' money on deploying infrastructure.
Next year many operators must decide whether to invest more in HFC or go all-in to fiber, pick their PON and choose their managed-WiFi path, writes analyst Dan Grossman, who also recommends providers bundle managed WiFi and analytics to best serve residential subscribers -- and operators' own businesses.
Public-private partnerships, investor interest, self-help in rural areas and incumbents' return set the scene for a busy year of broadband deployment in the US countryside in 2020, writes Analyst Dan Grossman.
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.