"Operators were assigned a territory to provide wholesale services to all retainers in that area. In Greece we have... a very short sub-loop length of 100-200 meters. The average speed we have now is almost 260Mbps which gives us a great optimism for deployment," said Antonis Tzortzakakis, chief fixed line officer at WIND Hellas. "We believe we will cover more than 70% of Greece in three years."
"When you look at what Hong Kong has today it is essentially a gigabit market, an ideal market from the telecom infrastructure point of view but that drives competition," said Gary McLaren, CTO of HKBN. "This has resulted in innovation to deal with the competition. TV has moved 100% to an OTT model."
Despite higher speeds, definitive gigabit use cases have yet to evolve, he said.
"We have a gigabit service and people do not want to have to worry about bandwidth so go for this service, though the use cases are similar, mainly driven around video," said McLaren. "The typical Hong Kong household doesn’t sit around one screen. A family of four will all be using separate tablets and they want a Wi-Fi network that keeps up with that."
In Poland, Orange Polska is amid a program to roll out fiber to 1 million households per year, Jean-François Fallacher, CEO of the service provider told UBB2020. This improved connectivity will generate new business opportunities and subscriber uses, he said.
"I think these are very exciting times because we are really investing and this leads to infinite possibilities," said Fallacher. "I’m sure our users will find ways to use the new speeds we can provide."
Of course, 5G also looms as a 2020 market changer. But not all panel participants were enamored of the next-generation technology's impact on broadband.
"Mobile operators are fixated on 5G mobile networks and not really concentrating on 5G fixed wireless access," said Leo Lundy, group CTO of Imagine Communications. "We’re seeing major delays in making 5G spectrum bands available and this is crucial for making 5G a reality in Ireland."
— Gabriella Jeakins is a Digital Content Marketer at KNect365, based in London. In addition to contributing to UBB2020, she is the editor of the 5G + Virtualisation community which supports the 5G World event series and works on the team behind London Tech Week.
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.