Within the year, Cox Communications has gone from offering gigabit broadband to 40% of its footprint to 90% of potential subscribers in its geographic area.
On Monday, Cox sent out a press release disclosing that nine of ten customers can choose gigabit broadband. This time next year, 99% of those living in the operator's footprint will be able to use that same high-speed service to celebrate the holidays by Facetiming with absent friends and family -- or use Cox Gigablast when they hide away from an overload of social niceties for a round of the latest high-speed, zero-latency-tolerating multi-player online game.
It was about 12 months ago, give or take a week or two, when Cox announced 40% of its footprint could access gigabit service. The provider stated at that time:
"Because the latest cable broadband technology (DOCSIS 3.1) is being deployed over Cox's existing network, the company will roll out Gigablast at a faster pace. The company is projected to make gigabit speeds available to 99% of households by the end of 2019."
Apparently, Cox is on-track to meet that deadline.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
After NTIA asked for public comments on map improvements in October 2018, the FCC decommissioned the agency's broadband map in early December but did not say whether it will use any of the public's great ideas on its own (largely panned) map.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!