"Upgrading San Jose's broadband infrastructure is key to building a smarter city, advancing our long term economic competitiveness and connecting residents who lack access to affordable, high-quality Internet service," said San Jose's Mayor Sam Liccardo in the announcement.
The decision to support the California metropolis in building smart city infrastructure is the result of continued discussions with local officials and is the "culmination of a lot of work and good leadership in the city of San Jose with Mayor Sam Liccardo and Smart City Lead Dolan Beckel," Mike Zeto, vice president of IoT at AT&T told Broadband World News.
Silicon Valley's Home Sweet Home
As the home to high-tech leaders like Apple, San Jose leaders were convinced about the value of smart city infrastructure, technologies and use cases, said AT&T's Mike Zeto.
"With San Jose sitting in the middle of Silicon Valley and having forward-thinking leadership, it certainly made it easy for us to decide to focus some resources there," Zeto said in an interview.
Network densification will not only come from small cell deployments; AT&T also plans to continue expanding its fiber network in the area to increase capacity of the wireless network and support future 5G deployments. Nearly 100,000 San Jose residents currently lack a broadband connection at home, according to a blog post on Medium last October by San Jose's Smart City Lead Dolan Beckel Beckel.
"When we talk about IoT and smart cities solutions being connected, they'll be connected many different ways -- that could be fiber, cellular, WiFi, 4G LTE, 5G eventually and LTE-M," said Zeto. "Fiber is one connectivity option and then once you have 5G those 5G small cells will be connected with fiber as well."
San Jose and AT&T will pilot a number of smart city applications including public safety; small cell deployments will provide additional capacity to speed communications among first responders on AT&T's FirstNet emergency communications network. Additional IoT applications will include the deployment of LED smart lighting, air quality sensors and more.
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"From a network perspective, this [partnership] will allow us to deploy our network faster and more efficiently and bring that to the citizens of San Jose much quicker than in some other areas," Zeto said. "The solutions that will ride on top of that network that really start to add value from creating a safer, more liveable, more efficient city will be deployed in these innovation zones to start."
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.
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